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KT Rivera

Being a destination of choice, Santa Fe will never build it's way out of its demand. If the goal is to build affordable housing for those that work in the city, then preferences should be given to that population. For all the new apartments being built, I would like to see ordinances that give first occupancy chances to those who work in Santa Fe, but currently live out of town. That group should be given first option to occupy new housing if they want to move into town to live where they work. Without that option, all the new construction will continue to go to the highest bidders... a never-ending spiral.

Tom Ribe

We are seeing big subdivisions spring up out b I-25. These are cookie cutter houses that look like houses in Tucson and they are built fast, probably by out of state workers and out of state companies. A subdivision was recently built in White Rock that destroyed archeological sites and is a real eyesore. Soon the neighborhood by I-25 will look like Rio Rancho.

LeRoy Sanchez

After World War 2, so-called “cookie cutter” tract homes put millions of Americans in houses for the first time. Elitists need to recognize the importance of that. And by the way, Rio Rancho is a fine, affordable place to live with excellent public schools.

Susan Garcia


Alder del Tangio

Welcome to the new future of Santa Fe - traffic, smog, congestion. There is no real long term plan to all this building other than the plan pushed by developers - who are not here to created affordable housing. They do everything they can to get out of it. You can voice your concerns to the land use director at: esisaacson@santafenm.gov. As for the water debate - we have water today, not necessarily tomorrow and the overall data is not that favorable, despite some wells currently in a rested state. I suggest this article as an alternate view on NM's water crisis: https://lajicarita.wordpress.com/2020/09/19/water-reckoning-looms-in-new-mexicos-future-were-not-prepared-for-whats-ahead-of-us/

Joan Conrow

Wish I could say I had more confidence in the city's land use manager, but it really doesn't sound like he has a plan other than allow any project that a developer pitches.

Stefanie Beninato

Correction: It seems that there is overwhelming support for schools, libraries, senior centers, veterans' centers as per bond issues passed by those voting who often are as you described.

Cynthia Lamb

I agree there should be housing equity, but there has been no mention of “the elephant in the room” where do we get the water to support this new growth? This is the more pressing issue, we are experiencing extreme drought with possibly no end in sight for decades. This sounds pessimistic, but it is a very real concern that needs to be solved. Growth & opportunity don’t have a chance if we don’t have water.

Lupe Molina

It's not an elephant in the room. We have water and the city addresses it regularly. Perhaps a better question: Why does this only come up in terms of affordable housing and not golf courses, construction in Las Campanas, and resort landscaping?


Paul Davis

There's adequate water available if it only needed to serve residential purposes. That's likely to remain true even in the worst case drought scenarios (which I'd consider a repeat of the 80-1000 year drought of the 1200's). We have direct access to groundwater now, which changes things dramatically (not always for the better).

The issue is not as simple as "is there water?"; rather, it's closer to "how do we use the water we have?". That includes questions of how we prioritize traditional (flood) and improved (drip) irrigation practices in agriculture versus residential requirements. Agriculture uses more than half of all the water used in NM.

Tom Ribe

And most of the water used in agriculture is wasted growing feed for cattle. Cattle can be raised in the midwest where it rains. We should phase out all alfalfa and hay growing in favor of human food. A huge portion of Rio Grande water is wasted on feed for the dairies in the southern part of the state.

Guy Hence

Bingo! Cynthia your spot on! The only area in the state that has an abundance of water is Taos County. Streams and rivers are rocking but Santa Fe treats the area like a step child with roads in serious disrepair likened to Afghanistan and significant poverty. Seems all the money goes into Santa Fe, Alb and Las Cruces. People are looking towards Taos but prices are high, low inventory etc.

Christian Vanschayk

Demand for affordable housing is driven in large part by inequality related factors beyond local control. We must do what we can. We must also focus on economic development to raise income levels and increase our tax base so we can do more.

Lupe Molina

Bingo, Christian! And that starts with making sure that political donations don't translate to policy decisions. The political donor class of this city is disproportionately retired transplants who might vote D but are fiscally conservative at their age. We have to make sure to progressively tax the wealthy who get all the favors and make sure that everyone is invested in education and housing.

Stefanie Beninato

It seems that there is overwhelming support for schools, libraries, senior centers, veterans' centers as per bond issues by those voting who often as you described.

Lupe Molina

You do have good points Stefanie, but the fact that those go to bond issues is part of the problem. I wish the governing body would take a little more initiative to progressively raise property taxes. Bond issues funded by GRT are regressive. But you are right. Encouragingly, a lot of folks do come out for the bond issues and make the right choices IMO.

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