Planning and Land Use Department Initiating Land Development Code Update | City of Santa Fe

Planning and Land Use Department Initiating Land Development Code Update

November 16, 2022

Multi-Phase, Multi-Year Project Contract Awarded to Clarion Associates 

SANTA FE, November 16 – The City of Santa Fe Planning and Land Use Department has selected Clarion Associates to lead a multi-phase update to the Land Development Code. Clarion Associates is a national Land Use consulting firm that has previously worked with the City on Historic Preservation Code updates. The project will be led by Matt Goebel, AICP director of Clarion and Project Manager, and managed on the City side by Daniel Alvarado, AICP Senior Planner.  

The Land Development Code, also known as Chapter 14, governs all aspects of the City’s built environment, including development review and approval processes, zoning districts, building development standards, and urban design. The code also facilitates coordinated development in the city to promote health, safety, order, convenience, and prosperity, as well as guides and implements a wide range of development projects including providing parks and trails, improving sewer, water, and other infrastructure, and creating adequate open space for traffic, recreation, drainage, light, and air.   

“Our land use code is long overdue for an update. I believe that the future of Santa Fe runs through our Land Use department, as we make our General Plan reflect our community values, modernize our code, and produce land use plans and decisions that will make sure our city’s future is sustainable, equitable, authentic, and livable,” said Mayor Alan Webber. 

The code update will go through multiple phases over several years.  

  • Phase 1A and 1B will involve a diagnostic review and technical corrections to the code. 
  • Phase 2, promoting key standards, will consist of more substantive changes to help streamline the development process while providing transparent regulations reflecting community values.  
  • Phase 3 will integrate the City’s updated general plan into the code.   

The project team plans to implement innovative public education and engagement strategies that leverage technology to ensure all Santa Feans have the opportunity to understand the proposed changes and voice their opinion on the updates. The public can expect the engagement schedule to be released in Spring of 2023, including regular updates to the relevant boards and commissions and publicly available drafts for review and comment.