The Zoning Ordinance is a city-wide ordinance that places restrictions and guidelines on residential and commercial property owners. Chuck's philosophy is that, while some regulation is necessary, government should not be in the business of dictating every detail of the esthetics of your property.
April 11, 2013
The new city-wide zoning ordinance has been approved and will soon go into effect. You can view the summary of changes below. When the approved final version is available online, we will attach a link on this website. These changes give more flexibility to residents and businesses alike. It is part of Chuck's ongoing commitment to increase business growth and gross receipts in Rio Rancho, and to allow residents more control over their own property.
While some citizens and businesses have been lucky enough not to encounter problems because of this ordinance, many others have in the past. Chuck's proposed changes would allow citizens and businesses to utilize more of their property square footage and also reduce the city government's role in dictating what types of materials people can use. For residents this includes in-law separate living quarters, detached garages and outbuildings, solar panel placement, flag poles, construction materials and more. For businesses it impacts building materials and height, dumpster enclosures, landscaping and more.
For those who live in areas governed by a home association, the home association's rules and restrictions would go beyond the city ordinance. Likewise, many areas of town have "area overlays" which might have unique or more restrictive guidelines than the zoning ordinance.
Chuck has worked tirelessly with City Development Services staff to create a kinder and gentler ordinance, while still maintaining common sense regulations. Click on the bar below to view the summary of his proposed changes. The summary itself is 20 pages long, and includes an easy-to-read format showing changes as "from" and "to" or "added". This will be going before Planning and Zoning Tuesday, March 12th and then before the Governing Body at the end of March. Please contact Chuck with any questions or concerns.