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.
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.
The Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) is overseeing a study that is a first-of-its-kind for New Mexico: one that takes an extensive look at Kirtland Air Force Base and the greater community. The study includes not only the military base, but also the municipal airport, the Albuquerque International Sunport, in addition to other defense industries on base, such as Sandia National Laboratories and the Albuquerque Office of the Department of Energy. The study area is broad, which is important considering the large number of stakeholders that are near-by, affiliated with, or impacted by the base.
Preservation and protection of water resources requires a concerted effort in conservation and efficient use of water by all communities. MRCOG is committed to local and regional water planning to ensure strategic management of water resources in the Middle Rio Grande and Estancia Basins.