It’s been 10 years since Edgewood updated its comprehensive plan, and the town is working with the Mid-Region Council of Governments to update the document.
A public meeting was held Sept. 11 to kick-start the process, which incorporates public input into the direction the community wishes to grow. While the document holds no force of law, it is ideally used to guide the town in its law-making process, according to Maida Rubin of MRCOG, who hosted the meeting.
MRCOG is a “multi-county governmental agency” which includes Bernalillo, Torrance, Valencia, Sandoval and southern Santa Fe counties in its scope, which includes economic development, regional transportation and local planning assistance.
The agency has been meeting with a steering committee, and has come up with an online survey for residents. That survey is available on the town of Edgewood’s website, and Rubin urged those in attendance to complete it, and to spread the word to neighbors.
Take the survey by following this link
Once the survey closes in early October, the next step is to develop goals and action strategies, after which the town council would consider those items before an updated comprehensive plan is created—followed by another public comment period and eventual adoption by the town council.
The last comprehensive plan was updated in 2008. The projected end date of the project is December 2019, Rubin said.
About 40 to 50 people attended the meeting.
“Edgewood never established its own identity,” one man said, adding, “As a result of that, Edgewood is not a destination, just a stepping stone to somewhere else.”
“Feed off Route 66, the Mother Road, and the old service station,” said another, adding, “Build off of that.” The old service station is outside the town limits in Santa Fe County, and was cleaned up a few years ago by the RETRO (Restore the Route) group.
Another person said she wanted to see fewer regulations. “Let people build what they want,” she said.
Linda Burke, director of the Greater Edgewood Area Chamber of Commerce, said a lot of the items brought up were addressed in the survey, giving as an example rural character. “What does that mean?” she said, adding that it is likely to be different for different people.
Another man said he would like to see compliance with the state and town’s dark skies laws. “I’m not advocating for anybody to turn off their lights, just compliance,” he explained.
The MRCOG is also seeking photographs from the community for inclusion in the updated Comprehensive Plan. To submit photos, or to receive updates on the progress of the project, email firstname.lastname@example.org.