In New Mexico, the authority to plan and manage land use is vested in local governments. With that authority, municipalities and counties adopt plans and various ordinances that control land use and development in their jurisdictions.
Within MRCOG's planning area, comprehensive and special purpose plans are adopted and updated continuously as communities change and grow. These plans are carried out by administering policies, budgeting financial resources, and enforcing regulations.
The staff of the MRCOG provides professional planning assistance and technical services to local governments, basically as an extension of local government staff. The MRCOG also maintains an active role in education and training programs for local governments. An important responsibility of the MRCOG is to provide a central forum for governments to address planning and development issues of local and regional concern.
Resources for Land Use Planning
Local Government Plans
Comprehensive land use plans provide a basis for all other plans; and a principal goal of the MRCOG is to assist local governments in a continuing planning process to ensure a sustainable future for the community.
- City of Belen Comprehensive Plan, 2003 (PDF)
- City of Belen Strategic Growth Plan (PDF)
- City of Moriarty Comprehensive Plan Update, 2012 (PDF)
- City of Moriarty Water Conservation Program, July 2012 (PDF)
- Torrance County Comprehensive Plan, August 2003 (PDF)
- Town of Bernalillo Comprehensive Plan, December 2004 (PDF)
- Town of Edgewood Comprehensive Plan, February 2008 (PDF)
- Town of Mountainair Comprehensive Plan, August 2004 (PDF)
- Town of Peralta Comprehensive Plan, May 2013 (PDF)
- Valencia County Comprehensive Plan, October 2005 - Part 1 (PDF)
- Valencia County Comprehensive Plan, October 2005 - Part 2 (PDF)
- Village of Bosque Farms Comprehensive Plan, August 2006 (PDF)
- Village of Corrales Comprehensive Plan, August 2009 (PDF)
- Village of Cuba Comprehensive Plan, November 2004 (PDF)
- Village of Encino Comprehensive Plan, April 2009 (PDF)
- Village of Jemez Springs Comprehensive Plan, August 2015 (PDF)
- Village of San Ysidro Comprehensive Plan, August 2010 (PDF)
Regional Land Use
Focus 2050 (PDF) was developed in 2000 as a framework for planning in the multi-county MRCOG district. It provides a common vision and vocabulary for regional functional planning for transportation, economic development, water, open space, and housing.
The Mid-Region Council of Governments oversaw the creation of this plan, with special emphasis on maintaining the diverse character and unique needs of each of the communities and areas within the region. Focus 2050:
- Balances complex interrelationships between land use, transportation, water, the economy, and other issues
- Demonstrates efficiencies and cost savings in utility infrastructure, roads, transit systems, and other facilities
- Ensures policy direction for each of the plan areas will complement and support one another
- Provides a balance of land uses by communities so there are adequate public revenues to provide services
- Takes a long-term view and provides creative solutions to handle future regional growth
What the Plan Does
The regional plan does not take the place of local planning or regulatory functions. It establishes the regional system characteristics with which local plans should be consistent. Many local issues will not be affected by the regional plan. Additionally, Focus 2050 recognizes the interest of private property owners and to respects private property rights, due process, and just compensation.