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Staff gave a presentation on the Plan4LasCruces update to the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) at their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The P&Z decided to table the Plan for six months.

What is the Plan4LasCruces?

Plan4LasCruces provides a vision of what the city should be, a guide for municipal decision-makers for capital improvements, and a tool for managing community changes that may affect the physical development and maintenance in the city.

Current Projects

The Las Cruces Active Transportation Plan is building on the PLan4LasCruces and other ongoing planning efforts to improve conditions for walking and biking across the City for people of all ages and abilities.

The Planning & Revitalization Section is working on the Plan4LasCruces Update. The Plan4LasCruces public engagement summary was submitted on June 20, 2017 to the Planning & Zoning Commission for their review. A draft plan was submitted on September 19, 2017.

Please send questions or comments to If you would like to be involved, sign up for Plan4LasCruces updates on the right side of this page.

Summer 2016 Activities

The City recently hosted a series of Presentations and a Workshop on Monday, August 22nd 2016 with distinguished guests Dr. Richard Jackson & Dr. Suzanne Lennard. Thank you to everyone who participated in the events. As well, thank you to everyone who made these events possible. At the City Council Work Session, Dr. Richard Jackson presented Designing Healthy Communities and Dr. Suzanne Lennard presented Planning for Intergenerational Communities. In the evening Dr. Jackson presented a condensed version of Designing Healthy Communities and Dr. Suzanne Lennard presented on Kid-Friendly Cities with a Workshop Component at Las Cruces High School. Check out the presentations with the links provided. As well, check out the City Council Work Session Recording here.

Check out the August 18th, Call In Show with Dr. Richard Jackson and local NMSU Professor of Health Sciences Dr. Jill McDonald here.

If you would like to learn more about each of the Comprehensive Plan, Plan4LasCruces Chapters check out these links to a summary of each chapter.

Spring 2016 Activities

As part of the Health Community Chapter community engagement the City teamed up with Blue Zones, a nationally recognized consultant on the built environment to host a Discovery Phase in October, 2015 and a series of Neighborhood workshops in March-April 2016. Check out the Healthy City Report here.

Neighborhood Workshops - March-April 2016

At each workshop, Dan Burden, a nationally recognized expert on the build environment led a conversation and walking tour focused on building healthy communities. We asked community members to tell us their wish and vision for Las Cruces. See what your fellow community members had to say here. (Note: this is a large file.)

Community Visioning Fiesta!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Farmers Market on April 2 and wrote shared your visions with us! See those poster boards here. (Note: this is a large file.)

Plan4LasCruces Process Timeline

Phase 1 was an administrative update to the 1999 Comprehensive Plan, and was adopted in 2013. It removed obsolete policies and completed actions, made changes to reflect current operational procedures or plans adopted since 1999, and reorganized the plan into themes instead of elements.

Phase 2 is currently underway and there will lead to substantive changes to the current goals and policies. Recently, the City held a series of public engagement events on the theme of Healthy Community, one of the 4 Themes in Plan4LasCruces. The remaining themes are Community Character, Economic Prosperity, and Sustainable Growth, and each will be addressed over the course of the ongoing plan update. With this extended update process, Plan4LasCruces will be a living document that continues to reflect the vision of the community.

Visit this web page from time to time to find out more about the next phase of Plan4LasCruces!

For more information, contact Srijana Basnyat, AICP/CNU-A, Senior Planner.

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