Rio Arriba County Planning & Zoning Department

 

The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for overseeing the orderly and appropriate development and use of land within the jurisdiction of Rio Arriba County, while serving to protect the health, safety and economic wellbeing of the residents of the County. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

9/29/21-10/9/21

 COMMENT PERIOD FOR CANNABIS DRAFT

As of 9/29/21, the draft ordinance for cannabis business in Rio Arriba County is now available for written comment. Written submissions may be forwarded to rseawall@rio-arriba.org. The ordinance can be viewed here. 

 


PROOF OF PHYSICAL ADDRESS: ADDDRESS VERIFICATION

May be required of residents by the US Postal Service, New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department, utilities, and mortgage lenders. To request an address verification call 505-753-7774 or email us.

(Note: Every habitable dwelling in the County must have an account with the     North Central Solid Waste Authority NCSWA.)

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PERMITTING REQUIRED BY RIO ARRIBA COUNTY (In accordance to Rio Arriba County Design and Development Regulation System Ordinance 2012-001):

 

Development/Demolition Permits (not limited to)

-Construction

-Manufactured home placement

-New Utility service/meter relocation/service upgrade

-Grading-Solar panels

-Accessory structures(CID and pre-assembled)

-Additions

-Roofs

-Wells

-Demolition

***For questions or additional information please contact Joseph Martinez at 505-753-7774 or at jfmartinez@rio-arriba.org

 

Business Licenses:

-Standard business license

-Home occupation business license

-Liquor license

***For questions or additional information please contact Gianna Hamilton at 505-753-7774 or at ghamilton@rio-arriba.org.

 

Large Scale Development/ Special Projects:

-Multi-Family Development (Apartments, Condos)

-Film

-Temporary use (events)

-Conditional Use Permits (CUP)

-Special Use Permits (SUP)

-Road Sign and Post replacement

***For questions or additional information please contact Rebekah Seawall at 505-753-7774 or at rseawall@rio-arriba.org.

 

Commercial Development:

-Cellular tower/tower collocation

-Retail, Class II Development, other commercial development

***For questions or additional information please contact Russell Naranjo at 505-753-7774 or at rnaranjo@rio-arriba.org.

 

All structural development or grading will be reviewed with current floodplain data available to the county. 

 

Fines may be charged if development begins before a permit is issued. Please contact us prior to construction, placement, or a change of land use. 


ADDRESSING Please contact our rural addresser, Rebekah Seawall at 505-753-7774 or at rseawall@rio-arriba.org.


 

FILE A COMPLAINT To report a suspected zoning violation, please complete and submit this form to the Planning and Zoning Department Code Enforcement Officer, Freddie Cordova, with the suspected violation.

Please click here to submit your complaint form by email, or call 505-753-7774. 


APPOINTMENTS Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are currently closed to the public. Please call 505-753-7774 for general information or to schedule an appointment with staff.


PLAT REVIEW

Please contact Russell Naranjo for plat review at 505-753-7774 or at rnaranjo@rio-arriba.org.


LAND-USE APPLICATIONS: May be subject to a Public Hearing process. Depending on the class of application, there are three bodies that hold public hearings in which the application may be reviewed.

Administrative Public Hearing, may be scheduled at any time by the Director.

Planning and Zoning Committee, an advisory committee will review applications and will typically meet on the first Wednesday of each month.

Board of County Commission, will make final decisions on applications and typically meets on the last Thursday of each month. (meeting dates subject to change with public notice)

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PUBLIC HEARINGS: Will be held before The Planning & Zoning Committee,         Board of County Commissioners or Administrative Hearing Officer when scheduled.

P&Z Committee Meeting: All scheduled Planning and Zoning meeting are held on the first Wednesday of the month in Espanola Complex or Tierra Amarilla Complex.

Board of County Commission Meeting: Are held each and every Last Tuesday of the month, (some meeting dates may change with proper notice).

Written Notice of Appeal: An appeal of a decision made by the Administrative Hearing Officer or the P & Z Committee shall be received by submiting a written notice of appeal to the Planning and Zoning Department within 15 days from the date the decision was issued. A BOCC decision may be appealed in District Court. 

PLANNING AND ZONING STAFF:

Russell Naranjo, Director/Project Manager

Gianna Hamilton, Administrative Assistant, Business Licensing 

Joseph MartinezPlanner-Permiting

Freddie Cordova, Code Enforcement III/Complaints

Rebekah Seawall,Planner/Addresser

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ESPANOLA OFFICE:

1122 Industrial Park Rd

Española, NM 87532

Phone: 505-753-7774 

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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TIERRA AMARILLA OFFICE:

PO Box 127

Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575

Phone: 575-588-7254 

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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PLANNING AND ZONING FORMS, REGULATIONS AND POLICIES:

Comprehensive Plan

Codes and Ordinances

Forms and Permit Applications

Survey Plat Forms/Applications

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ADOPTED ORDINANCES AND AMENDMENTS:

Summary Subdivision Review Plat Guidlines ("Appendix P")

Ordinance No. 2012-007                           click here to view

East Rio Arriba Soil & Water Conservation District Land Use Plan Click Here to View

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DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT REGULATION SYSTEM ORDINANCE NO. 2012-001

(“Yellow Book”) click here to view

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