The mission of the Land Use Engineering Division is to enforce compliance with the City's Land Development Code and Land Use Department policies regarding private-sector infrastructure construction, development in the City's Escarpment Overlay District, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood hazard areas, terrain & storm water management including grading & drainage, landscape & utilities/Irrigation and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) site design, and Gunnison's Prairie Dog ordinances, while providing the highest possible level of customer service.
The Water Budget Administrative Office (WBAO) also currently resides with Technical Review and ensures that increased water demand from new construction is offset in accordance with the City's Development Water Budget ordinance.
TECHNICAL REVIEW ASSISTANCE
The City of Santa Fe Land Development Code is available and searchable online. Primary regulations related to terrain & storm water management, flood hazard areas, landscape & site design, the relocation of Gunnison's Prairie Dogs, and Development Water Budgets are located in Section 14-8. Escarpment Overlay District regulations are located in Section 14-5.6. Infrastructure construction including ADA requirements are located in Section 14-9.2.
Please click on the following link to view the City's Land Development Code:
Multiple regulations often apply to a single property, particularly in areas of steep terrain, escarpments or flood zones. This can make code compliance complex. Help with technical review questions is available on a "walk in" basis in the Land Use Department at Santa Fe City Hall, 200 Lincoln Avenue, 1st Floor.
For assistance with Engineering, Terrain Managment and Technical Review please contact:
Dee Beingessner, City Engineer - Engineering, Infrastructure Development and FEMA
Martin Gabaldon, Engineer Associate - Grading & Drainage, Escarpment Overlay District
Lawrence Rivera, Land Use Compliance Officer - Landscaping & Utilities, Irrigation
Amanda Encinias, Planner Technician Senior - Water Budget
Kody Keelin, Land Use Compliance Officer - ADA Site
INFRASTRUCTURE COMPLETION POLICY - UPDATED 6/1/2021
The Land Use Department has adopted an Infrastructure Completion Policy that outlines the process and requirements for permitting, constructing and completing a development's required infrastructure. The policy also sets out infrastructure construction milestones that must be reached prior to the issuance of construction permits for buildings and defines which infrastructure elements require financial guarantees.
Please note that all construction sites and associated permit holders within the City of Santa Fe must adhere to the approved best management practices (BMPs), for construction site management of stormwater runoff. Construction General Permits (CGP) and construction sites that disturb one (1) or more acres, including smaller sites that are part of a larger plan of development, must submit an US EPA Notice of Intent. Please see the following links for guidelines:
How to Apply for an US EPA Notice of Intent (NOI):
Best Management Practices for Construction Sites: https://www.santafenm.gov/media/archive_center/Best_Management_Practices1.pdf
US EPA Helpful Links for Construction Site Management: https://www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater-discharges-construction-activities
LOCATION, MAILING ADDRESS AND HOURS
Physical Location: Santa Fe City Hall, 200 Lincoln Ave., 1st Floor, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Mailing Address: City of Santa Fe, Technical Review Division, P. O. Box 909, Santa Fe, NM 87504-0909
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Noon to 1 p.m.)