Doña Ana County



After a summer-long effort to collect survey data by mail, in community meetings and through door-to-door canvassing, the Doña Ana County Community Development Department is ready to facilitate an Oct. 16 community meeting for residents of Chaparral, on both sides of the Doña Ana County/Otero County line.

In all, 1,451 residential surveys were competed, and data was collected from 75 small businesses. In addition, county staff did visual evaluations of the community to study land use, structure conditions and codes compliance.

The survey data will be used to assist the community in creating a sustainable master plan that takes into account the unique nature of Chaparral and the priorities and needs identified by its residents and business leaders.

The master-planning process will address neighborhoods, open space, law enforcement needs, recreational opportunities for young and old, animal welfare and a host of other topics. The end document will be designed to help Chaparral overcome past and existing challenges while mapping a way forward as it grows.

Similar master-planning initiatives in Berino and Rincon have been well-received by the communities they were tailor-made to impact as growth occurs.

The Oct. 16 meeting will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Chaparral High School Cafeteria. Translation services will be provided, and representatives from both the Doña Ana County and Otero County community development departments will be in attendance to answer questions and receive additional input before work begins on the Chaparral Master Plan.

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