General Plans:



Contents of this page

Comprehensive plans and codes

Vision 20/20 Master Plan

SmartCode; Traditional Neighborhood Development District

Town of Taos; Comprehensive Plan - Land Use Element

Town of Taos Planning Department

Town of Taos Annexation plans (2006)

Town of Taos Building & Construction Code

Miscellaneous

Economic Development

Holiday In Express

Couse Field rezoning

A series of articles from the Taos News on the economic development of Taos

Community Economic Development Strategic Plan

Investing in the Future

Business Asset and Leakage Study - Detailed Results

Assessment of impact of Walmart store


Town of Taos Economic Development web site

Arts & Culture District

General Information

Arts & Cultural District Plan (2012-13)

Arts-and-culture district: Presentation focuses on new ideas for a Taos tradition (Proposal)

Identifying opportunity within the arts & cultural district of Taos

Arts and Crafts Fair Consensus Meetings: Report & Recommendation

Town of Taos Arts & Culture District web site

Town of Taos Economic Development web site (contains ACD plan)

Taos County

Taos County Ordinances

Taos County Land Use Development Code

Taos County Neighborhood Land Use Code

Taos County Comprehensive Plan

Taos County Growth Management Plan

Taos County Neighborhood Land Use Plans

Taos County Neighborhood Land Use Code

Taos County Planning department

Taos Ski Valley


Taos Ski Valley Master Development Plan

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

VTSV Planning & Zoning Commission

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Miscellaneous

Analysis: Weaknesses mar New Mexico’s capital outlay system

Deferred Maintenance

Holy Cross Hospital

Taos Sign Code (Ordinance 13-02) passed by the Town Council May 28,2013. 

Taos Airport Expansion

Plans to annex portions of the former Extra Territorial Zone

Bicycle Master Plan

Taos Night Sky Ordinance

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Taos County recently posted these plans to their website:

2016 Taos County CWPP Plan Update
(Click Here)

Proposed:  Taos Economic Development Plan
(Click Here)

Proposed:  Taos County Comprehensive Plan 8
(Click Here)

Posted 2/26/2017






Holiday In Express

Taos town council approves three-story hotel
Holiday Inn Express developer reduces project from four stories after public outcry

By Jesse Moya, jmoya@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 8/24/2017

Letter to Editor
Are Taos building design standards feel-good with no teeth?
KEN MANNING, Taos
The Taos News, 7/6/2017

My Turn
Was it really about the hotel?
Della Barrone
The Taos News, 7/6/2017

Batra asks town council for delay on hotel vote
By Jesse Moya, jmoya@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 6/29/2017

Editorial
Reconsidering four stories
The Taos News, 6/29/2017

My Turn
Holiday Inn debate sends wrong message about our community
Taos Mayor Dan Barrone
The Taos News, 6/29/2017

One story, two story, three story, four
Taos wrestles with allowing taller hotels while other places stick with shorter ones

By Jesse Moya, jmoya@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 6/8/2017

Four-story hotel moves forward to town council
By Jesse Moya, jmoya@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 5/25/2017

Editorial
Commission avoided questions about new hotel
Cristy Holden, Taos
The Taos News, 5/25/2017

My Turn
Reflections on a Taos high-rise horror
Jeremy Landau
The Taos News, 5/25/2017

Four-story Holiday Inn application hits another snag
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 4/20/2017

My Turn
Act before it’s too late on zoning that allows higher hotel heights
Bronwyn Taylor
The Taos News, 3/16/2017

Taosenos demand town leaders revisit code on taller hotels
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 3/2/2017




The propsal to rezone a major area just south of the Historic District has created quite a controversy.  
We will follow develoments here:

Council rejects ‘flawed’ rezoning plan
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/24/2016

Town attorney: ‘No contract, no conflict’
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/10/2016

Town offers more details on rezoning at forum
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/10/2016

My Turn
Plans for Taos
Seth Brown
The Taos News, 3/10/2016

Town to host forum on controversial rezoning
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/3/2016

Director details Smith’s plans in rezone area
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 2/25/2016

Emails suggest lack of transparency on zoning plan
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 2/18/2016

My Turn
Letter to the mayor and town councilors on rezoning
Jay and Ethel Rose
The Taos News, 2/18/2016

Rezoning debate: Infill versus open space
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, /11/2016

My Turn
Issues for council candidates to consider
Polly Raye
The Taos News, 2/11/2016

Town rezoning plan met with mixed feelings
By Cody Hooks
The Taos News, 1/28/2016

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There is an estimated $200 million bill coming due for deferred maintenance in the town of Taos.  We will follow coverage on this issue here.

Deep trouble: Lax maintenance underlies a gaping pothole problem on Taos roads
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 2/12/2015

Town seeks $500K for center’s repairs
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 2/12/2015

Editorial
Town leaders: Let’s get down to basics, please
The Taos News, 2/12/2015

Rec center repairs estimated at $2.5M
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 2/5/2015

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Holy Cross Hospital

Holy Cross changes Medicare model
New ‘critical access hospital’ designation means more money, no loss of services

By Staci Matlock, editor@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 9/21/2017

Editorial
High hopes for Holy Cross changes
The Taos News, 9/21/2017

Holy Cross Hospital weighs in on budget debate
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 3/9/2017

My Turn
There are many benefits associated with ‘critical access’ hospitals
Ira Vandever
The Taos News, 3/2/2017

My Turn
Cartoon mischaracterized what ‘critical access’ designation for Holy Cross would mean
Paul Kamprath
The Taos News, 3/2/2017

My Turn
Questions linger on ‘critical access’ as residents wait for more specialists
Elizabeth Rusnell
The Taos News, 2/9/2017

Patten not backing off ‘critical access’
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 1/26/2017

My Turn
Plea for ‘critical access’ designation at Holy Cross
Suzanne D. Schutze
The Taos News, 1/19/2017

My Turn
Holy Cross Hospital’s critical access designation proposal needs a closer look
John Plummer
The Taos News, 1/12/2017

Holy Cross: ‘Critical access’ would mean more money, few changes
By J.R. Logan, jrlogan@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 1/5/2017

‘Critical access’ hospital status considered
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 12/8/2016

Letters
Concerned about Holy Cross Hospital
ELIZABETH RUSNELL, Ranchos de Taos
The Taos News, 8/11/2016

Holy Cross still mulls ‘critical access’
By J.R. Logan, jrlogan@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 7/28/2016

Network might be difference for hospitals on the brink
By J.R. Logan, jrlogan@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 6/30/2016

Editorial
Crucial to be thorough on ‘critical access’ designation
The Taos News, 6/30/2016

Letters
Concern about possible ‘critical access’ designation
SUSANNE PINKHAM, Taos
The Taos News, 6/30/2016

Shift to ‘critical access’ sparks debate at Holy Cross
By J.R. Logan jrlogan@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 6/23/2016

My Turn
Dear Taos County residents
Bill Patten
The Taos News, 3/17/2016

Landslide victory for hospital tax
By Cody Hooks
The Taos News, 3/10/2016

Holy Cross: Mill levy tax would fortify hospital’s ‘fragile’ finances
By J.R. Logan and Cody Hooks
The Taos News, 3/3/2016

My Turn
Union on mill levy: ‘We ask for your yes vote’
Gina O’Hara
The Taos News, 2/25/2016

My Turn
Preserving what we have
John MacArthur
The Taos News, 2/11/2016

My Turn
Thankful for care at Holy Cross
D. A. White
The Taos News, 2/11/2016

Commission debates animal ordinance amendment
By Laurie Celine Balliett
The Taos News, 2/4/2016

My Turn
Happy holidays at Holy Cross Hospital
Barbara L. Hawthorne
The Taos News, 1/21/2016

Union votes to back hospital tax
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 1/14/2016

My Turn
From critic to convert
Robert J. Silver
The Taos News, 1/7/2016

Hospital board passes resolution on tax dollars
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 12/17/2015

March 8 election on hospital tax
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 12/10/2015

Holy Cross Hospital renegotiating direct employment of CEO Patten and CFO Rozenboom
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 11/5/2015

My Turn
‘In the company of so many dedicated healthcare professionals’
William D. Patten Jr
The Taos News. 9/3/2015

My Turn
When local ‘heroes’ protect lives at risk to themselves
Dr. Tim J. Moore
The Taos News, p/3/2015

My Turn
Hoped-for hope at Holy Cross Hospital
Robert J. Silver
The Taos News, 9/3/2015

County commission votes against step towards tax for Holy Cross Hospital
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 8/6/2015

Holy Cross Hospital asks for tax support
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 7/30/2015

Getting Down to Business with Enroll Taos
By Cody Hooks
The Taos News, 7/23/2015

Stagg elected to chair Holy Cross Hospital board
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 7/2/2015

Letters
Thank you Holy Cross Hospital
Sandra Lekas, El Prado
The Taos News, 7/2/2015

Retirement association official named to hospital board
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 6/11/2015

Editorial
Note to hospital board: Discussion is healthy
The Taos News, 6/4/2015

Cleanliness, staff earn hospital high marks but communication found lacking
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 4/30/2015

Building trust a priority for hospital’s new CEO
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 4/23/2015

My Turn
In appreciation of Holy Cross Hospital
Doug Mosely
The Taos News, 4/23/2015

Property tax votes in the works for recreation, hospital
By J.R. Logan and Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 4/9/2015

Volunteers lend a hand, and often an ear, in the ER
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 4/2/2015

Town versus surgical gown on Holy Cross Hospital board
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 4/2/2015

My Turn
An update on Tri-County Community Services
Tri-County Community Services board
The Taos News, 4/2/2015

State puts brakes on Penasco clinic closure
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 3/26/2015

Pediatrician Dr. Loretta Ortiz y Pino resigns as hospital’s chief medical officer
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 3/19/2015

Getting Down to Business with Jim Peterson
By Cody Hooks
The Taos News | Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:00 am

Holy Cross Hospital picks new CEO
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 2/26/2015

My Turn
Great care at Holy Cross Hospital
Yale Jones
The Taos News, 2/26/2015

My Turn
Sincere thanks to Holy Cross for exemplary care and attention
Peter J. Tredwin
The Taos News, 2/12/2015

Interim CEO outlines plans, priorities for Holy Cross Hospital
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 12/24/2014

Reopening Penasco health center may have political backing
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 12/11/2014

Interim CEO Lucinda Bradley takes charge at Holy Cross
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 12/11/2014
My Turn
Perspective from the other side
Dr. Larry Schreiber
The Taos News, 11/26/2014

My Turn
Mend it, don’t end it
Robert J. Silver
The Taos News, 11/6/2014

CFO in charge at hospital
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 10/30/2014

Health facilities an issue of survival for small towns
Dispatch New Mexico
The Taos News, 10/9/2014

Interim CEO, officer leave hospital’s staff
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 10/2/2014

Hospital reexamines expansion
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 9/11/2014

Health beyond health care the subject of fall lecture series
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 9/4/2014

Voters will be asked to repeal 1/8 cent tax
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 9/4/2014

UNM medical students put their fingers on the pulse of local health during rotation
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 8/28/2014

After cuts, hospital will see boost in state funding
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 7/31/2014

UNM, Taos Health Systems discuss closer partnership
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 7/31/2014

Interim CEO begins work at Holy Cross
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 7/17/2014

My Turn
Fair is fair
Robert J. Silver
The Taos News, 7/17/2014

My Turn
Holy Cross Hospital hurray!
Ken O’Neil & Andrea Heckman
The Taos News, 7/3/2014

Louisiana executive eyed as interim Holy Cross CEO
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 6/26/2014

Search begins for hospital’s next CEO
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 6/19/2014

Hofstetter to leave Holy Cross
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 6/12/2014

Peralta among nominees for hospital board
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 5/29/2014

My Turn
Taos Hospital board ‘on the couch’
Robert J. Silver
The Taos News, 5/22/2014

Committee urges hospital to address doctors’ resignations
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 5/15/2014

Ten apply for Holy Cross Hospital board
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 5/1/2014

Newly insured trickle in to hospitals, clinics
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 4/17/2014

My Turn
Hospital an important community asset
Bob Bresnahan
The Taos News, 4/10/2014

Cough it up? Hospital board to revisit tax
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 4/3/2014

My Turn
A Holy Cross monarchy?
Robert J. Silver
The Taos News, 3/27/2014

My Turn
The best of Taos
Ben and Carol Lacy
The Taos News, 3/20/2014

Two vacancies as hospital board members to step down
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 3/6/2014

Hospital inspection offers few surprises
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 2/20/2014

Holy Cross Hospital reports healthier bottom line
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 2/13/2014

NM’s rural hospitals running on life support
By Winthrop Quigley / Journal Staff Writer
Albuquerque Journal, February 11, 2014

To tax or not to tax for Holy Cross?
Committee debates mill levy versus GRT

By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News1/30/2014

Holy Cross Hospital has millions at stake in 30-day legislative session
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 1/23/2014

Hospital task force weighs goal
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 1/23/2014

Holy Cross names new financial officer
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 1/23/2014

A better year for Holy Cross, but how many more?
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 12/26/2013

Hospital continues search for new CFO
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 12/12/22013

Rural health, water two good issues for legislative session
By Tom McDonald
The Taos News, 12/12/201

Panel will examine Holy Cross finances
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 12/04//2013

Hospitals struggle with federal standards
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 11/27/2013

New policies target statewide nursing shortage
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 11/27/201

Holy Cross Hospital committee’s nominations approved, but goals and membership unclear
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 11/14/2013

My Turn
What is good about our hospital largely overlooked
Holy Cross Medical Executive Committee
The Taos News, 11/14/2013

Compromise’ on Holy Cross Hospital ICU
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News , 10/31/2013

A few readers' comments on HCH
On the web; Readers respond
The Taos News, 10/31/2013

Town council OKs plan for hospital committee
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 10/24/2013

Union calls for task force to probe Holy Cross finances
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 10/10/2010

County, town calls for transparency at Holy Cross
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 9/26/2013

My Turn
When a hospital is no longer a hospital
Matthew Spriggs
The Taos News, 9/26/2013

Hospital: Fewer inpatients, federal funds prompted layoffs
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 9/19/2013

Holy Cross announces 44 layoffs
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 9/12/2013

Editorial
Outreach before, not after big cuts
The Taos News, 9/12/2013

Hospital cites finances in plan to cut staff
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 9/3/2013

My Turn
Where’s the beef?
Robert J. Silver
The Taos News, 8/29/2013

Hospital cuts petitioned
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 8/22/2013

Feds fine Holy Cross to curb readmissions
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 8/8/2013

Staffing changes planned at Holy Cross amid departures
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 5/30/2013

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Taos Airport Expansion

The following articles, from the Taos News, track progress on this issue:

New airport runway opens, diverts air traffic away from Taos Pueblo
By Jesse Moya, jmoya@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 8/31/2017

New Mexico Court of Appeals to review approval of airport expansion
By John Miller
The Taos News, 2/11/2017

Prepare for landing
Airport project looks to June completion

By John Miller, jmiller@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 1/26/2017

$24 million Taos airport expansion upheld
By J.R. Logan, jrlogan@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 10/20/2016

Dirt moving at Taos airport
By J.R. Logan jrlogan@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 6/23/2016

Military flights renew questions about airport expansion
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 11/19/2015

Airport project faces suits from opponents, bidder
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 9/24/2015

My Turn
Airport economics
Seth Brown
The Taos News, 7/23/2015

Commission OKs expansion in ongoing airport debate
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/16/2015

Letters
An exercise in asininity
L. R. PARKER, Las Colonias
The Taos News, 7/9/2015

My Turn
Questions about the airport expansion
Iris Keltz
The Taos News, 6/25/2015

Airport hearing raises $10 million question
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 6/11/2015

Editorial
Airport expansion a lesson in Taos politics
The Taos News, 6/11/2015

Airport permit hearing June 9
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 6/4/2015

Decision on airport permit appealed
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 5/7/2015

Editorial
Airport, Kit Carson Park and Taos Farmers Market: No, not again
The Taos News, 5/7/2015

Taos County P&Z approves airport expansion permit
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/19/2015

Shorter runway during work could hinder flights at Taos airport
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/19/2015

Airport appeal March 4
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 2/26/2015

Judge rejects effort to halt airport project
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 2/19/2015

Opponents appeal airport project permit
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 1/29/2015

Judge hears arguments in airport lawsuit
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 1/15/2015

My Turn
Five airport expansion myths
Margarita Denevan
The Taos News, 1/8/2015

Court hearing Jan. 8 in airport lawsuit
By J. R. Logan
The Taos News, 1/8/2015

Airport expansion gets the go-ahead
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 12/24/2014

My Turn
Don Quixote at the airport
Bill Davis
The Taos News, 12/18/2014

Airport permit takes step forward
By J. R. Logan
The Taos News, 12/11/2014

My Turn
Give change a chance
Diane Enright
The Taos News, 12/11/2014

My Turn
Airport expansion would be positive for Taos
John Wilson
The Taos News, 12/11/2014

My Turn
Lack of airport results in smaller facility opening in Questa
Karon Fowler
The Taos News, 12/4/2014

My Turn
Its about more than just the airport
Paul Christie
The Taos News, 12/4/2014

My Turn
Selling Taos
Seth Brown
The Taos News, 12/4/2014

Ruling on airport case not likely until 2015
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 11/26/2014

Fight over airport expansion goes back decades
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 11/26/2014

My Turn
Good points made about the airport expansion
Lynn FitzGerald
The Taos News, 11/20/2014

My Turn
In response to Councilor Hahn
Kelly Rudy
The Taos News, 11/20/2014

My Turn
In support of the airport expansion
Pavel Lukes
The Taos News, 11/20/2014

Airport project remains in holding pattern
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 11/13/2014

My Turn
Councilor Hahn’s airport expansion analysis
George “Fritz” Hahn
The Taos News, 11/6/2014

Airport project stalled, accusations fly
By J.R. Logan
The Taos New, 10/30/2014

What commenters have to say on the airport expansion
The Taos News, 10/30/2014

Town ready to roll on airport, waiting county’s OK
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 10/9/2014

Town: No negative impact from runway
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News. 9/18/2014

Editorial
Airport project reveals deficits in county zoning
The Taos News, 9/18/2014

My Turn
What a deal!
Marc Coan
The Taos News, 9/18/2014

Town council splits on airport project
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 9/11/2014

My Turn
Taos Airport crosswind runway ruse
Ian Wilson
The Taos News, 9/11/2014

Airport opponents claim project lacks approval
J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 8/28/2014

Town to host Aug. 25 forum on airport expansion
J. R. Logan
The Taos News, 8/14/2014

My Turn
Airport expansion not expansion politics
Stephen Morrisette
The Taos News,8/14/2014

My Turn
Airport: So why is it coming up again?
Thomas French
The Taos News, 5/15/2014

Town, county settle airport issue for good
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 5/1/2014

Lawsuit to end, airport project moves forward
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 4/17/2014

State offers help to cover costs for airport expansion
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/20/2014

Airport project ready for takeoff
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/13/2014

Editorial
Taxpayers caught in the middle of annexation controversy
The Taos News, 2/13/2014

Town grants up to $25k for annexation appeal
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 2/6/2014

Town to file appeal on annexation ruling
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 1/30/2014

Town to pursue appeal of court ruling on annexation attempt
J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 1/9/2014

Editorial

Time for town to rethink its approach on airport fundin g
The Taos News, 12/26/2013

County wins annexation battle in court
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 12/19/2013

Hearing on annexation suit Dec. 18
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 12/4/2013

My Turn
Annexation: Does Taos really want to do this?
David Krusell
The Taos News. 10/24/2013

Airport expansion takes first step forward
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 9/26/2013

El Prado residents seek law change to fight town’s annexation
By Elizabeth Cleary
The Taos News, 9/19/2013

Airport project still in holding pattern
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 8/15/2013

County sues town to stop annexation
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 4/11/2013

Annexation opposition: Culture and cash
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/21/2013

Lawyers argue over annexation
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 3/21/2013

Editorial
Town, county: Why can’t we just get along?
The Taos News, 3/21/2013

Town flies solo on airport, dispatch
Disregarding county’s claims, council OKs move, annexation

By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 3/14/2013

Taos County ‘confused’ over annexation; town cites ‘trust issue’
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/14/2013

Taos Town Council votes to annex, enter Command Center lease
Matthew van Buren |
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 11:53 pm

Taos County talks litigation in annexation dispute
By J.R. Logan
Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 12:25 pm

Town set to annex; dispatch move at issue
Town response to county proposal: 33 questions

By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 3/7/2013

County: ‘no wiggle room’
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/7/2013

Chamber weighs in on airport annexation
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 3/7/2013

Studies: Modest economic boost from airport
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 2/21/2013

Annexation finds opposition at county
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 2/14/2013

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J. R. Logan is publishing a series of articles about the Taos County proposed Land Use Develoopment Code.

We will provode a link to those article as they are printed:

J.R. Logan, The Taos News, November 17, 2011

From the pressroom:

Taos County seeks authority to condemn ‘unsafe buildings’
By Cody Hooks
The Taos News, 6/18/2015

Taos County passes new land use code
By Elizabeth Cleary
The Taos News, 6/12/2014

Hearing set to consider land use regs
By Elizabeth Cleary
The Taos News, 5/22/2014

Proposed county land use code could got to a vote next month
By Elizabeth Cleary
The Taos News, 3/6/2014

Proposed land use regs again met with opposition
By Elizabeth Cleary
The Taos News, 12/12/2013

County to host land use sessions
Staff report
The Taos News, 12/4/2013

Taos County shows early signs of action on disputed land use code
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/11/2013

Taos County to revisit contentious land use code
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 4/4/2013

Land use changes pushed to January
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 8/16/2012

The value of a county land use ordinance
DAVID MAES
The Taos News, 8/16/2012

Taos County to hear land use code changes
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/12/2012

Changes to land code could open door to neighborhood zoning
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, June 14, 2012

My Turn
Open space: Our best idea
BOB PARKER
The Taos News, 1/19/12

Taos County to take another crack at land use code
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 11/17/2011

Another try for county land code regulations
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 10/20/2011

My Turn
County needs an efficient, user-friendly land use code
LINDA MOSCARELLA AND BARBARA J. S HEPPARD
The Taos News, 9/8/2011

My turn
Government takings and irrigated land
DAN VEIRS
The Taos News, August 11, 2011

Taos County land use code
Zoning rule could impact conservation tax breaks

By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, August 4, 2011

Realtors challenge restrictions in land code
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, July 28, 2011

Meetings set for new land use regs
Staff Report
The Taos News, July 21, 2011

New land use code made public
County regs could bring big changes
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, July 14, 2011

EDITORIAL
Timing is right for land use code overhaul
The Taos News, July 14, 2011



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J. R. Logan has prepared a series of reports on the Taos economy present and future.  Published in the Taos News, these are must reading  for anyone interested in the future of our town.


Economic report prepped for town: Local economy ‘in a fragile period and is changing’
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 11/27/2013

Roundtable covers well-worn themes in economic development
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 5/23/2013

Taos economy levels off, shows signs of life
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 5/23/2013

Taos economy: Tourism at plateau
The Taos News, 9/1/2011
Reviving el coraz˛n :  Part one of a series

Taos art market: It ain’t what it used to be
Reviving el coraz˛n :  Part two of a series
The Taos News, 9/8/2011

Plaza: Reviving the heart of Taos
Reviving el coraz˛n: Part three of a series
The Taos News, 9/15/2011

Gridlock: Traffic a drag on Taos’ rustic charm
Reviving el coraz˛n:  Part four of a series
The Taos News, 9/22/2011

Time for change: What’s a business to do to stay alive?
Reviving ‘el coraz˛n’: Part five of a series
The Taos News, 9/29/2011

And this editorial concludes the series:

EDITORIAL
Time to rethink business in Taos
The Taos News, 10/6/2011

With our reply:
My Turn
How can Taos achieve world-class hospitality?
JOHN PLUMMER
The Taos News, 10/13/2011


A few readers have responded in My Turn contributions:


My Turn
Good news: The Taos economy is growing
Bill Christmas
The Taos News, 3/10/2016

The Taos economy: An interconnected web
MATT SPRIGGS
The Taos News, 9/8/2011

Art scene: Yes, times have changed
ROB WILDER NIGHTINGALE
The Taos News, 9/22/2011

Why would anyone bring a business to Taos?
DAVE JOHNSON
The Taos News, 6/7/2012

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2013 Taos Economic Development Action Plan
Prepared for the Town of Taos
by LeapPartners
September 2013

Executive Summary

Action Plan

2013 Updated CED Strategic Foundational Plan



INTERIM
Community Economic Development Strategic Plan
&
INTERIM
Community Economic Development Element of the Taos Comprehensive Plan


Adopted by the Town of Taos
October 22, 2010
Ordinance 10-27

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WEAVING TOGETHER PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE:
Identifying opportunity within the arts & cultural district of Taos, NM
prepared by the Design Planning + Assistance Center
School of Architecture + Planning
University of New Mexico
Spring 2010

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Town of Taos
Comprehensive Plan - Land Use Element
Land Use Designations - Map

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Taos Ski Valley Master Development Plan
April 2010

The purpose of this Master Development Plan (MDP) is to provide future direction for the development of Taos Ski Valley (TSV) to ensure a balance of facilities and a variety of amenities to afford an exceptional guest experience. This MDP provides a thorough assessment of existing operations and facilities at TSV and identifies a comprehensive plan for future improvements to the resort.

The Forest Service has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed projects at Taos Ski Valley, which would include new glades, a mountain bike trail and lifts to the West Basin Ridge and Kachina Peak.

TSV renovation could be economic engine
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 9/24/2015

TSV aims to reclaim industry prominence
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 6/4/2015

TSV tax district nears approval
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 2/26/2015

Ski Valley plans for $350M in construction
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 1/22/2015

Taos Ski Valley hoping changes re-establish it as a premier destination
By Cody Olivas
The Taos News, 11/20/2014

Taos Ski Valley a step closer to base area makeover
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/6/2014

Ski Valley decision upheld; bike trail is first priority
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 12/13/2012

Forest Service receives three appeals of TSV project approval
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 11/8/2012

Carson Forest gives TSV upgrade plan the go-ahead
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 9/6/2012

My Turn
A letter to Taos Ski Valley officials
James G. Stuart
The Taos News, June 14, 212

My Turn
Clean water top priority for TSV
MARK G. FRATRICK
The Taos News, 6/7/2012

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Arts and Crafts Fair Consensus Meetings:
Report & Recommendation


Presented by the Arts & Cultural District Steering Committee and Town Staff
To the Taos Town Council and Community on
Tuesday April 13, 2010

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Arts-and-culture district:


Proposal for Old Taos County Courthouse Conditions Assessment and Preservation Plan

SUBMITTED BY:
Henry Architects, Prime Contractor
together with
Hands Engineering & Archinia

March 25, 2013

Historic Taos County Courthouse
Condition Assessment & Preservation Plan

September 27th, 2013

Prepared by
Hands Engineering, Inc.
Archinia
Henry Architects

This Condition Assessment and Preservation Plan is funded by a grant from the  New Mexico Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. 
Additional funding and support has  generously  been  provided  by  the  Town  of  Taos  and  Taos County.


STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE TOWN OF TAOS
DOWNTOWN MASTER PLAN

Prepared for: Town of Taos, NM
and
Taos Arts and Cultural District
Prepared by: Community by Design
In association with
O.B. Palacios, Architect
RPI Consulting, Inc.
Gannett-Fleming West
March 27, 2013

We have recently received documentation of the Town's relationship with the Main Street Program, a program of the New Mexico Department of Economic Development:
The period for responding to this RFP is closed as of 3/28/2013.  We will attempt to keep you posted regarding progress.

The Town of Taos and the Arts & Culture Dustrict (ACD) were awarded a $70,000 grant from the New Mexico Department of  Economic Development, Main Street Program, Arts & Culture Districts Program (Fit that on a business card!).  After considerable effort we have been able to gather enough of the documentation of this project grant to provide at least a summary of what is intended to be done with that money:

1. Table of Contents
2. Town Council Resolution 12-15 (draft)
3. ACD Steering Committee Resolution 12-01
4. Organization Eligibility
5. Personnel
6. Narrative
7. 2012 ICIP
8. Letters of support

Note that several of the items described in the Table of Contents have not yet been provided.



The Taos Arts & Culture District Plan, completed January, 2012. has been submitted for adoption by the Town of Taos Council; scheduled for this action February 28th at the next Council meeting. 

Read it here.  WARNING:  pdf readers prior to Version 9.0 may not be able to interpret the format used for this report.  To read this report download the current version (Version 10) from Adobe.



Three years ago (Spring 2010) the Main Street Program, together with representatives of the UNM School of Architecture, conducted a comprehensive review of development opportunities in the Taos central business region.  Their report is now available, in down-loadable chunks, on the Town web site.  Links to the various chapters of this report ate available here:



WEAVING TOGETHER PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE: Identifying opportunity within the arts + cultural district of Taos, NM

Design Planning + Assistance Center School of Architecture + Planning University of New Mexico Spring 2010
Click here to view the full PDF(158 MB) .

Sections of PDF:


Other press reports:

Town extends historic zone to create ‘buffer’
By J.R. Logan
jrlogan@taosnews.com The Taos News

My Turn
What about the padre, veterans, kiosk and the trees?
Kathryn M. Cόrdova
The Taos News, 6/30/2016

Denver firm to create report for Plaza
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 12/23/2015

County officials mull priorities for old courthouse
By Cody Hooks
The Taos News, 7/30/2015

Old County Courthouse to get $500K
By Cody Hooks
The Taos News, 4/30/2015

Old courthouse renovations potentially within reach
By Cody Hooks
The Taos News, 1/29/2015

County mulling options for courthouse
By Cody Hooks
The Taos News, 8/21/2014

Old courthouse a site for business development, events
By Elizabeth Cleary
The Taos News, 2/27/2014

County could take over arts district, senior program (excerpted)
By Elizabeth Cleary and J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 11/7/2013

State pulls $75K grant for downtown plan
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 10/24/2013

Teaming up to reinvigorate old courthouse
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/25/2013

County may share Arts and Cultural District costs
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/11/2013

Town questions effectiveness of Arts and Cultural District
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 6/27/2013

Arts, culture group solicits ideas on downtown
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 2/7/2013

County seeks $500K for old courthouse
Building eyed for economic development

By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 1/17/2013

EDITORIAL
Grants could bring new life to old county courthouse
The Taos News, 1/17/2013

Cultural district gets $70K for planning
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 4/12/12

County seeks grant to check soundness of old courthouse
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 4/5/2012

EDITORIAL
Finding new uses for the old county courthouse
The Taos News, 4/5/2012

Polishing a ‘jewel’: Groups seek funds for old courthouse
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/29/2012

Town mulls several changes to Taos Plaza
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 12/22/11

Plaza: Reviving the heart of Taos
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 9/15/2011
Reviving el coraz˛n : Part three of a series

ARTS AND CULTURAL DISTRICT
The next step; Suggestions for improving the Taos Arts and Cultural District are bound to create a stir

By Rick Romancito
The Taos News, 5/13/2010


Presentation focuses on new ideas for a Taos tradition
By Andy Dennison
The Taos News, 11/12/2009

"A revamped Taos Plaza. A central arts center. Walking tours. Better parking.  These would be some of the physical changes that would occur as downtown Taos develops into an 'arts and culture district.'"

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Vision 20/20 Master Plan

The Vision 20/20 Master Plan is currently being rewritten.  First is an attempt to incorporate the zoning plan, originally called SmartCode.  These reports follow the progress being made:

Town Council urges more public comment on Taos land-use plan
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 12/5/2012

Town of Taos seeks input regarding land use update
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 11/15/2012

THE 1999 TOWN OF TAOS VISION 2020 MASTER PLAN IS A LONG-RANGE GUIDE FOR THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMUNITY.

The Vision 2020 Master Plan is now available for online viewing as well as downloadable in zip file format.  This file requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. 

The Master Plan contains 122 pages so we request your patience while loading.  If text appears garbled in some areas just refresh your screen by clicking on the refresh button.

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SmartCode
  Traditional Neighborhood Development District

Matt Foster, Taos Long-range Planner, has sent the community an e-mail describing the current implementation of the Traditional Neighborhood Development District (formerly SmartCode), and thanking us all for our support.

The Taos Town Council on March 10, 2009 passed the following resolutions amending the Land Use Development Code (LUDC) and rezoning the property known as the Chamisa Verde Neighborhood:

TOWN OF TAOS ORDINANCE 09-01: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF TAOS ADDING THE TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT ZONING CLASSIFICATION TO THE LAND USE DEVELOPMENT CODE.

TOWN OF TAOS ORDINANCE 09-02: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF THE TOWN OF TAOS

The town retained the consulting firm PlaceMakers LLC to adapt the zoning tool called SmartCode to fit Taos' needs. 

The town supported website, www.smartcode.com, has been discontinued.  It seems that drafts of the SmartCode documents are  no longer available on-line.  See Vision 20/20 for additional developments.

The following documents are currently available describing this program:
  • Taos NM Smart Code; Draft January 15, 2008
  • SmartCode Charrette Report & Manual, September, 2007
  • Final Presentation; Better Tools for Growth and Development in Taos (9/21/2007)
The initial, demonstration project, at Chamisa Verde, was described in a Taos News report June 18, 2008:

Chamisa Verde: SmartCode ‘test subject’ ready to go
 By Patricia Chambers
 The Taos News, June 18, 2008

Click here to see a zoning map of the project area.

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Annexation

There are plans to annex portions of the former Extra Territorial Zone. The Town has have put together a few pages to help answer questions that may arise.

State panel approves town annexation
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 5/30/2013

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"The Town of Taos prepared a Bicycle Master Plan to implement many of the goals, policies, and strategies of the Town of Taos Vision 2020 Master Plan and other resolutions that support the development of bicycle facilities.  The Bicycle Master Plan will be used to guide the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of roadways to provide safe and comfortable facilities for bicycle traffic.  Providing bicycle facilities and programs will enhance the public safety, economy, and public health of the Taos community while providing an alternative for transportation and recreation."  TOWN OF TAOS RESOLUTION NO. 09-02

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Investing in the Future


The Town of Taos sponsored a Town Hall Meeting to present "Investing in the Future," a study done by New Markets Development (May 2006). The study was commissioned by the Town of Taos and Presented by Horacio Trujillo Martinez and Seth Miller of New Markets Development.

Below are two versions of the final report. The first version is the highly detailed and technical copy of the original report. The second is a summary of the report prepared by New Markets Development for the Public Assembly.

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Business Asset and Leakage Study - Detailed Results

Prepared by Bureau of Business and Economic Research and UNM –Taos
June 12, 2007

Topics include:
  • Business Assets
  • Leakage Estimates
  • Tourism Factors
  • Special Industry Detail
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Assessment of impact of Walmart store

prepared by Laura Ballock
University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture, 2003

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Taos County Comprehensive Plan


Planning is a process that bridges the gap between where we are today and where we would like to be in the future. A Comprehensive Plan is a policy document that establishes what the residents, business owners, property owners and other stakeholders would like to see in the future of the County. The Comprehensive Plan establishes a framework through the community’s values, goals and objectives, defining the direction in which the County Board of Commissioners should steer the County.

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Taos County Growth Management Plan


The purpose of the Phase I: Future Land Use is to identify areas that should be protected from future growth and areas that are suitable for growth and development. The Plan is only advisory and does not affect existing zoning or development rights. It provides guidance to the County staff and Commissions on considerations for future development applications and serves as the basis for the next phases of the Growth Management Plan.

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Taos County Neighborhood Land Use Plans
Amendment to the Taos County Land Use Regulations  (Draft Augu
st 2009)

Taos County Growth Management Plan, PHASE II: IMPLEMENTATION
for these communities: Canon, Hondo Mesa, Las Colonias West Mesa, Latir/Versylvia, Lower Des Montes, Ranchos de Taos, Taos Canyon

Web links for these plans are also available at the Taos County Planning Department web site.  For some reason these take an inordinately long time to download.  Be patient.

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Taos County Neighborhood Land Use Code


The Des Montes Neighborhood Association (DMNA) has posted a draft copy of this Land Use Code to their blog.

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