News & Announcements
April 2, 2021
Upcoming: Two Governing Body Special Sessions on Proposed Zia Station Development
The Governing Body will hold two special sessions next week on a proposed development plan for the area around Zia Station on St. Francis Drive. A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6; the Governing Body intends to take written commentary before the hearing using PrimeGov (instructions below) and members of the public will be allowed to speak at this hearing. On Thursday, April 8, the Governing Body will hear presentations and deliberate; public comment will not be taken.
The Zia Station proposal by a private developer is for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development that would include 384 dwelling units, 84,000 square feet of office, and 36,000 square feet of restaurant/retail on approximately 21 acres. The proposal is comprised of five requests:
- Two General Plan Amendments
- A rezoning request to be excluded from the South Central Highway Corridor Overlay (SCHC)
- A C-2 PUD (Planned Unit Development) rezoning request
- A preliminary development plan that establishes building footprints, parking, open space, and allowed uses and housing density for the site. All the other requests are necessary to develop the land as proposed.
Included in this proposal is the request to amend the boundaries of the SCHC to permit the construction of three-story buildings. While the proposal will honor many requirements of the SCHC (including overall density), the SCHC restricts buildings to 25-feet or two stories.
The Applicant proposes to make 10% of the units affordable for a period of 10 years, and maintains that creating such units will not be possible with fewer than three stories.
The City of Santa Fe Planning Commission has voted to approve the requests and makes recommendations to the Governing Body, which has approval or denial authority.
If the Governing Body approves all requests, the Applicant will need to pursue a separate process through the Governing Body to vacate the current alignment of Galisteo Road. This will be a public process with opportunity for public comment. The Applicant will also pursue preparation of final development plans for phased development of the site. Each final development plan for any individual sub-phase will come back to the Planning Commission for approval, with opportunity for public comment. These sub-phases must substantially conform to the preliminary development plan.
If the Governing Body denies the SCHC request, then they will also deny the C-2 PUD rezoning request and the development plan, because they are tied to the height requested in the SCHC request. The applicant could come back with a two-story project.
For instructions on providing written comments by 1 p.m. April 6, or to speak during the Public Hearing follow this link: Meeting (primegov.com)