Town of Taos Comprehensive Plan

The Town of Taos is updating its Comprehensive Plan, and needs your input about your community.

The Comprehensive Plan is an official public policy document adopted by Town Council as a policy guide to future decisions about development priorities for the community.

Missed Our Second Public Meeting?

Draft Goals and Policies are available for public review and discussion from the link below. Our second online public meeting was on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

Thank You for a Great Event, Taos!

Material from our first public meeting is available for download from our resource library. Stay posted for information about your next opportunity to join us.

Taos Comprehensive Plan Meeting Schedule

Date Start End Event Description
Wednesday, October 13th:
11:00 AM 2:00 PM Planning team available for questions, comments, & discussion
4:00 PM 6:30 PM Planning team available for questions, comments, & discussion
Thursday, October 14th:
11:30 AM 1:00 PM Presentations with discussion to follow: Project intro, Topics Overview & Survey Results (LM + SB)
1:00 PM 2:00 PM Planning team available for questions, comments, & discussion
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Project team available for questions, comments, & discussion
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Presentations with discussion to follow: Project intro, Topics Overview & Survey Results (LM + SB)
6:00 PM 6:30 PM Issues & Opportunities: A semi-focused open discussion lead & facilitated by planning team followed by event close-out & outline of next steps

Zoom Meeting Details

Zoom Access Link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87653957820?pwd=aC9IeThnTkdzWWZvSnRyNEZTUnRrdz09

Meeting ID:

876 5395 7820

Passcode:

594545

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Outlook/iCalendar File (.ics)

Get Involved

Community Surveys, Public Input, Outreach Initiatives

Thank you for your participation and support!

We've been listening to your input through two survey campaigns:

  1. Individuals who reside in or near Taos, or simply visit on occasion.
  2. Organizations working in Taos. This feedback helps the planning team understand the priorities, projects, and capacities of the community groups actively working on so many different vital issues in Taos.

Stay tuned for next steps and additional opportunities to participate in building a better Taos!

News & Material

Project News, Plan Background & Reference Material

Developing the Plan: Approach & Structure

Plan Development Approach & Structure (PDF)

Source Plans

Existing Plans to be Updated and Integrated into the Plan Update:

Reference Plans

Existing Plans as Background and Reference for the Plan Update:

Document Name Kind
2013 Action Plan.pdf PDF
2013 Update CED Foundational Strategic Plan.pdf PDF
2019 Barn Dance Economic Impact and Marketing Report.pdf PDF
2019 Impact Analysis of Taos Air Fliers Executive Summary.pdf PDF
2019 Impact Analysis of Taos Air Fliers Revised.pdf PDF
2019 Long Range Planning Work Program.pdf PDF
2019 Sting in Taos Economic Impact and Marketing Report.pdf PDF
Adopted Affordable Housing Element of (re)vision 2020.pdf PDF
Alexander Gusdorf Eco Park Master Plan.pdf PDF
Architectural Walking Map.pdf PDF
Artspace Artist Housing Market Survey.pdf PDF
Artspace Preliminary Feasibility Report.pdf PDF
Community Economic Dev Element Comp Plan Strategic Plan.pdf PDF
Executive Summary.pdf PDF
Historic Building Geodatabase.pdf PDF
Historic Taos County Courthouse Condition Assessment.pdf PDF
Ordinance 10 32 Amend to High Performance Building Ordinance.pdf PDF
Ordinance 11 03 Affordable Housing Program.pdf PDF
PLAN Enchanted Circle Trails Plan.pdf PDF
Presentation 2013 Taos Economic Development Action Plan.pdf PDF
Taos Affordable Housing Report Aug 2010.pdf PDF
Taos Arts and Cultural District Plan.pdf PDF
Taos Arts and Cultural District Resource Team Assesment.pdf PDF
Taos Book.pdf PDF
Taos Historic Plaza Cultural Landscape Report.pdf PDF
Taos Parks Appendix.pdf PDF
Taos Research.pdf PDF
Taos Society Artists.pdf PDF
Town of Taos High Performance Building Ordinance.pdf PDF
Town of Taos HOUSING 06 10 20.pdf PDF
TPL Taos County Community Conservation Plan 2017.pdf PDF
Traditional Neighborhood Development District Zoning Map.pdf PDF

Sneak Peak: Draft Demographic & Economic Analysis Material

Draft Population Projections from September 24, 2021:

Taos Population Projections (Draft PDF)

Press Releases

News and plan development announcements:

Town Launches Comprehensive Plan Update Project

Public Outreach Phase

September 22, 2021 - The Town of Taos is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan and as a first step to gather community input, distributed a community survey to all Town utility customers. Anyone wishing to fill out a survey may do so online at taoscompplan.org. Click the orange Community Survey button.

The Town's Comprehensive Plan was last fully updated in 1999, known as the Vision 2020 Plan. The updated 2021 Taos Comprehensive Plan will represent the community's vision for Taos and provide a policy framework to guide decision-makers and development over the coming decades towards that vision. This plan update will incorporate, update, and integrate the considerable community planning work that has been done in recent years, including the Strong at Heart Downtown Strategy of 2017-18 and the Affordable Housing Plan of 2020 and will cover topics including land use, economic development, parks and recreation, housing, transportation, facilities and utilities, environment, and hazards mitigation. Additional project information is available on the plan website, taoscompplan.org.

The plan is designed to reflect the values and priorities of the community and input from the community survey will help the team identify community values, priority projects, areas for improvement, and opportunities and issues facing the community.

A robust response in community surveys will provide essential groundwork for the plan, and everyone in the community is encouraged to fill out a survey and let your friends and family know to do the same. The survey will close on October 12, 2021.

Additional opportunities to participate are planned but still under development due to public health measures. Planning efforts will be announced on the Town's website (taosgov.com) and social media, via email (sign up on the plan website), and through local print and broadcast media.

A survey to identify community resources is also available for local community organizations to describe their work and ongoing projects for inclusion in the plan. If you represent a community group or know of one you think should participate and be included in the Comp Plan update, you can find that survey link - to share or fill out - at taoscompplan.org, look for the blue Organization Survey button.

For additional information on the Town of Taos Comprehensive Plan project please visit taoscompplan.org.

About the Plan Project

Project Overview

The Comprehensive Plan is an official public document adopted by Town Council as a policy guide to decisions about the physical development of the community. This Town of Taos planning effort consists of two tasks:

  1. Updating the Town of Taos Comprehensive Plan, and
  2. Conducting a Land Use Development and Code Analysis

This Comprehensive Plan Update 2021 and Code Analysis provides a concise overview of the initiative: Comprehensive Plan Overview (PDF)

View the Project's Status in this Plan Progress Report

The planning team presented a plan progress report at the Town of Taos Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. TOTCP Progress Report (PDF)

This information has been updated since presentation to Town Council on 9/28 to reflect a project extension that was granted on 9/29. The extended public outreach schedule is under development and will be released soon.

Calendar

The most recent public meeting was on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. The planning team will post information upcoming events as they are scheduled.

Planning Team

Liza Miller

ARC Community Planner | Project Manager

As a project manager and planner with Architectural Research Consultants, Incorporated (ARC) since 2014, Ms. Miller has worked in communities throughout New Mexico on comprehensive, downtown metropolitan redevelopment area, housing, growth management, and hazards mitigation plans, and provides community context for facilities planning.

Stephen Burstein, AICP

Lead Land Use Planner, Community Planning Consultation, Certified Planner (AICP)

Mr. Burstein is a senior certified planner and demographer with 31 years of experience in regional, community and urban design-related planning. He has expertise in land use planning, long-range and inter-jurisdictional planning, and a strong background in quantitative analysis, policy analysis and code writing.

Town of Taos Plan Administrators

Background & Approach

Plan Background

The Town of Taos Vision 2020 Master Plan, adopted in 1999, must be updated with a Town of Taos Comprehensive Plan in accordance with state statute. The plan update will integrate a number of existing plans, plan amendments and updates with new and revised planning material into a single, streamlined, and up-to-date plan that addresses all comprehensive planning needs through 2040.

The plan update will integrate and update existing planning work on several comprehensive plan topics including housing, land use, transportation, facilities, economic development, water and sewer, and parks and recreation.

The Comprehensive Plan update is an opportunity to review and consolidate various existing community plans, and build on those efforts through extensive community engagement, analysis, and research to develop an integrated comprehensive plan update that aligns planning priorities across topics and reflects contemporary community aspirations and values.

The updated Comprehensive Plan will be a guide to decisions about the physical development of community. It will present in a general way how the community wants the town to develop in the ensuing 20 to 30 years and will assist decision-makers in preparing for the future by anticipating change and providing guidance for maximizing strengths and addressing weaknesses. The plan will set policies to address critical issues facing the community, achieve goals according to priority, and coordinate public and private efforts.

Planning Approach

The Town of Taos and the Taos community has a rich planning history and has worked, throughout the years, to build a broad foundation of community planning covering a range of topics. The Comprehensive Plan update provides the opportunity to review, consolidate, align, and integrate these plans. Several plans will be foundational to the Comprehensive plan update including, the Taos Vision 20/20 Plan (1999), Community Economic Development Strategic Plan (2013), Water and Sewer Master Plan (2015), 40 Year Water Plan, Park Master Plan (2018), Youth & Family Center Plan (2018), Taos County Hazard Mitigation Plan (2018),Community Tree Care Plan (2018), and the Strong at Heart Plan (2018).

Source Plans

Existing Plans to be Updated and Integrated into the Plan Update:

Download Source Plans

Reference Plans

Existing Plans as Background and Reference for the Plan Update:

Download Reference Plans (PDFs)

Contact

We are listening! Please submit your comments to the planning team using the form below:

Comments will remain private, and may not receive a direct response.

To stay informed about community developments, please email the planning team at lmiller@arcplanning.com or visit the Community Survey (survey no longer active) and sign up for more information.

Questions? Please Contact:

Nathan Sanchez

Project Administrator

Town of Taos Planning, Community & Economic Development Director

Email: nsanchez@taosgov.com
Phone: (575) 751-2035

Liza Miller

Project Manager

Architectural Research Consultants, Incorporated

Email: lmiller@arcplanning.com
Phone: (505) 842-1254

Planning Team

Liza Miller

ARC Community Planner | Project Manager

Project manager and planner with Architectural Research Consultants, Incorporated.

Stephen Burstein, AICP

Lead Land Use Planner, Community Planning Consultation, Certified Planner (AICP)

Senior certified planner and demographer with 31 years of experience in regional, community and urban design-related planning.