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Planning & Zoning

Director -- Patrick Nicholson, phone: 505-747-6080, email: pnicholson@espanolanm.gov

Planning Tech -- Elias Isaacson, phone: 505-747-6082, email: eisaacson@espanolanm.gov

Municipal Addresser/GIS Mapper -- Desirae Medina, phone: 505-747-6062, email: dmedina@espanolanm.gov

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The Office of Planning and Zoning is responsible for planning the physical growth and development of the City. In order to fulfill that responsibility, the office prepares a revised comprehensive plan periodically, updates the rules governing the subdivision of property, reviews and revises the zoning laws that regulate the use of property.

The Office is dedicated to managing the City’s development in an efficient and equitable manner taking into account the many different entities within the corporate limits i.e. Santa Clara Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, BLM, State of NM, along with two Counties (Rio Arriba and Santa Fe). The Office seeks to provide clear, timely information to the public concerning the planning and development activities within the corporate limits of the City of Española.

The Office is organized into seven (7) divisions: Development Review, Long Range Planning, Building Inspections, Research & GIS, Zoning, Addressing and Code Enforcement.

The Planning Office provides a one-stop shop for citizens of the City to apply for permits and applications for development, construction, vending and zoning. Professional staff is available to answer questions regarding the rules and regulations concerning the above mentioned on a walk-in-basis.

The Office is also involved in many other planning activities that assist in implementing the adopted policies of the City. These activities include working with the State DOT through the Regional Planning Efforts, the State Construction Industries Division as they refer to innovative building inspection practices, various degrees of grant writing and local philanthropy projects.

Finally, the department is responsible for administering many specific adopted development policies through the Planning and Zoning Commission. This Commission meets monthly to hear proposals linked to variance requests, subdivisions, code modifications, development plans and historic and architectural guidelines.

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