Doña Ana County

COUNTY LAUNCHES TRAINING RELATIVE TO UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT CODE

COUNTY LAUNCHES TRAINING RELATIVE TO UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT CODE

            The Doña Ana County Community Development Department has scheduled a two-day, three-session training seminar relative to the Unified Development Code that went into effect earlier this year.

            The first seminar will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 20, in the Commission Chambers of the Doña Ana County Government Center. The focus will be on a series of overview presentations followed by question and answer periods. The session presenter – consultants from PlaceMakers – will give a talk about how community types developed, along with check lists for plan review. The idea is to walk participants through the process of reviewing a community-type development application.

            The second seminar will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Commission Chambers of the Doña Ana County Government Center, and it will consist of three presentations – Process; Designing a New Community; and Developing an Application – with a question and answer period after each one. This session is designed to be similar in content to the night before.

            The final seminar will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, also in the Commission Chambers of the Doña Ana County Government Center, with a focus on an interactive exercise in setting up a basic community-type plan at the sketch level so that participants can see the critical elements. PlaceMakers will facilitate the work. The development community is encouraged to participate, and county planning staff will be on hand at all three seminars.

            The seminars will consist of group work using base maps, tracing paper, scales, pencils and pens to walk through the planning and application process.

            Each of the sessions will be streamed live on the Doña Ana County website, www.donaanacounty.org. They will also be videotaped and subsequently made available – along with an index of frequently asked questions – on the website for the benefit of those unable to attend.

            Space is limited, and reservations are strongly recommended for each of the three sessions. To RSVP, call Doña Ana County Chief Planner Janine Divyak at (575) 525-6130.

            In addition to the seminars, an operations manual for the UDC has been developed and placed on the county’s website. It can be downloaded and printed by those seeking more information about the code and how to work within it for a variety of applications and planning tools.

            To access the UDC Operations Manual, visit www.donaanacounty.org/development and click through on the UDC tab at the bottom right hand side of the page.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.