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Board to review strip mall site plan and land use zoning change

By February 21, 2022Site plan

The Rio Rancho Board of Directors is scheduled to hold two development-related public hearings during its regular meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

According to the agenda, a public hearing concerns a site plan for an acre and a half of land on Grande Boulevard, behind Latitudes. According to the plan, a strip mall would be built for professional and medical offices, stores or restaurants at 2340 Grande.

The second public hearing involves a request to change the land use zoning of two lots on Golf Course Road from low-density single-family residence to neighborhood commercial, according to the agenda. The lots consist of just under an acre of land between them.

The lots are located at 2211 and 2215 Golf Course, on the west side of the road.

Empty commercial land is to the south, behind medium-density residential lots to the west and developed neighborhood commercial land to the north, according to a map included in the city information. The land directly across from the golf course is vacant and zoned for low density single family housing.

The information does not specify which companies could occupy the land if the rezoning is approved. In local shopping districts, the municipal code allows:

  • Retail stores, except gas stations;
  • Repair shops for small items such as televisions, radios and keys;
  • Boutiques, such as photography, pet shops, tailoring, dry cleaning and similar trades;
  • Banks and offices;
  • places of worship;
  • Restaurants without drive-thru counters;
  • Bakeries;
  • Parks, green spaces and public facilities;
  • day care centers;
  • Funeral homes;
  • Unlicensed fraternal organizations and nonprofit service groups;
  • Medical, veterinary and professional offices;
  • Public services; and
  • Housing, as a secondary use.

Owners may also apply for permits for these uses:

  • temporary storage;
  • Schools;
  • Self-service storage and vehicle storage;
  • Commercial buildings; and
  • Research and development offices, provided that the activities are not a nuisance or a danger to the neighborhood.

Members of the public can attend the meeting in person or watch it live at rrnm.gov/2303/Watch-and-Download-City-Meetings. The agenda is at the same URL.

People can contribute in person, by email at [email protected] or via Zoom. Information for joining the Zoom meeting can be found on the website above.