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Final Plan Draft Headed to Official Review

As promised, we’ve incorporated your tweaks into the update of the Downtown Master Plan.

Now comes the official review process that ends with the Las Cruces City Council’s consideration of the Plan’s adoption.

You can see the latest draft here.

The constructive collaboration that involved so many of you improved our process through every stage. You can review those steps in the diary posts immediately preceding this one and reacquaint yourself with project goals here.

Opportunities for comments and questions aren’t over, of course. You can continue to pose them here or directly to staff here.

The next public meeting to discuss the proposed plan will be the TIDD Board on July 25, 2016 at 1 pm. Watch for announcements on the City website about upcoming public meetings that are part of the standard review process, including details about when the final draft Plan goes before the Council.

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Downtown Residential Expert to Speak June 22: Everyone’s invited

We hope you’ve already saved the dates for our 1-hour special presentation on Wednesday, June 22, likely to draw a big crowd to City Hall City Council Chambers. The Wednesday event is a segment with national residential market consultant Laurie Volk, who leads off from 10 to 11 a.m. with a talk about the theory and tools of successful urban dwellings. She will focus on the latest research about Las Cruces’s Downtown and help lead a discussion about opportunities to accelerate Downtown’s success.

Get a downloadable/printable event flyer here.

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New Downtown Zoning to Boost Goals of Updated Master Plan

With the Las Cruces City Council’s unanimous approval of a new zoning approach for the Downtown, the ongoing update of the 2013 Downtown Master Plan gets an important implementation tool.

What’s important about the just-passed zoning code is that it enables many of the goals affirmed during public discussions and workshops. Key among those goals: A less car-dependent Downtown with plenty of walkable options for living, working, shopping and entertainment.

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Master Plan Draft Ready for Review: Comments welcome through July 15

Earlier this year, many of you were partners in collaboration on an update of the Downtown Master Plan for Las Cruces. For a reminder of how productive that process was, take a look at the summary post from the closing night of the February planning workshop.

The initial draft of the Plan that began to take shape by the end of that workshop is now ready for public comment. You can see it here. Now, it’s time to renew the collaboration. We’ll be taking your comments on the draft through July 15 here on the website and via email directly to City staff here.

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Good News for Downtown Business Growth: Substantial pent-up demand

The message from urban retail expert Bob Gibbs in his presentation to residents and business people on Wednesday, February 17, was the level of pent-up demand for stores, restaurants and lodging in Las Cruces’s Downtown and in nearby neighborhoods.

“For your city to be sustainable,” Gibbs told attendees, “it has to be more than just environmentally sustainable. It has to be economically sustainable.” And what his firm’s analysis suggests, said Gibbs, is that “there’s no question in our mind that your Downtown has the potential for being a very viable shopping area.”

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Downtown Vision Re-Focused: Let’s talk retail

With almost 70 people crowded around tables in the Shannon Room of the Branigan Cultural Center Tuesday evening, February 16, Las Cruces’s four-day collaboration on a next generation Master Plan for downtown got rolling.

The opening night task: Affirm key spots in the Downtown project area where the advantages of city life seem to be already emerging and additional places where the potential for even more activity is promising.

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