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Sage Cohousing zone change delayed again

~Bill Diven

For the third consecutive month lack of a quorum stalled consideration of the Placitas Sage Cohousing project, pending before the Sandoval County Planning and Zoning Commission. The zoning change was on the August 24 agenda but now has been rescheduled for the September 28 meeting. One hearing was held in May but was continued to allow testimony from the remaining people who signed up to speak.

The six-member commission already was shorthanded after Jim MadueƱa recused himself because he’s involved in the Sage project. The death of Commissioner Wesley Bassett in June, another member’s family emergency in July, and the resignation of Commissioner Bob Cote in late August have left the issue in limbo.

The Placitas residents developing Sage propose building 18 homes clustered as duplexes and triplexes plus a community building with a kitchen on 6.2 acres in Placitas West, an area also known as Placitas Small Tracts. The homes are intended for older residents wanting to downsize without leaving Placitas.

Opponents question not the concept, but the location, and also say it will set a precedent for condominium developments in Placitas. The project requires a zoning change and waiver of some parking requirements.

Still on the August 24 agenda was preliminary approval of the Vistas Sandia subdivision in northeastern Placitas. The developers propose building 11 homes on 11 acres on Camino de la Questa del Aire, which is off Palomino Road near Camino de las Huertas.

The subdivision had been approved in 2008 but failed to happen as the housing market crashed.

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