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Community Development Advisory Board

County of Los Alamos

Agenda - Final

1000 Central Avenue Los Alamos, NM  87544

John Gustafson, Chair; Robert Day; David Hanson; Allen McPherson; Anne Marie Solomon, Members

B & C Room 110 5:30 PM Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Members of the Public can, also, join this meeting session to make public comment
via Zoom by pasting into their browser the following:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88970958485 once the session has started. or by Telephone: US: 1 346 248 7799 or  1 720 707 2699 Webinar ID: 889 7095 8485

I. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS

A. Call to Order/Introductions

B. Approval of Today's Agenda

C. Review/Approval of Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the Community Development Advisory Board Meeting on
December 20, 2021.

15397-22

Presenters:

John Gustafson, Chair of the Community Development
Advisory Board

Draft Minutes for December 20, 2021

Attachments:

D. Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda

II. ACTION ITEMS

A. Approval of 2022 Meeting Calendar

Approval of 2022 Meeting Calendar

15401-22

Presenters:

John Gustafson

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January 18, 2022

Community Development Advisory
Board

Agenda - Final

A. 2022 CDAB Meeting Calendar

Attachments:

B. Election of Chair and Vice-Chair

C.

Appointment of Liaisons to Environmental Sustainability Board and Planning
and Zoning

III.

PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSION ITEMS (Action May be Taken on These
Items)

A. Complaint System - Continued Discussion and Possible Recommendations

Talking Points for Complaint System Discussion

15421-22

Presenters:

John Gustafson

A. Talking Points for Complaint System Discussion

Attachments:

B. Discussion and Possible Approval of Draft FY23 Work Plan

FY23 Draft Work Plan

15418-22

Presenters:

John Gustafson

FY23  DRAFT CDAB Workplan

Attachments:

C.

Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Recommendations to Council on
Chapter 18 Issues

Talking Points for Recommendations to Council

15420-22

Presenters:

John Gustafson

A. Talking Points for Recommendations to Council

Attachments:

D.

Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Recommendation to Council on
Vacant Building Ordinance

E. Review of December Code Cases and Quarterly Report

IV. REPORTS AND UPDATES

A. Chair Report

B. Board Liaison Reports

C. Council Liaison Report

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January 18, 2022

Community Development Advisory
Board

Agenda - Final

D. Staff Report

V. PUBLIC COMMENT

VI. NEXT MEETING(S)/FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS VII. ADJOURN

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County of Los Alamos

Staff Report

January 18, 2022

Los Alamos, NM 87544 www.losalamosnm.us

Agenda No.: Index (Council Goals): Presenters:

John Gustafson, Chair of the Community Development Advisory Board

Legislative File: 15397-22

Title

Minutes from the Community Development Advisory Board Meeting on December 20, 2021.

Recommended Action

I move that the Board approve the Minutes for December 20, 2021 as presented.

Attachments

A - Draft Minutes for December 20, 2021

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I. ADMINSTRATIVE ACTIONS

Members Present:

John Gustafson, Chair, Aaron Walker, Vice Chair, Robert Day, Anna Dillane, Allen McPherson, David Hanson, Anna Marie Solomon

Members Absent:

None

Council Liaison Present:

None

Staff Present:

Adrienne Lovato, Staff Liaison; Katie Thwaits, Assistant County Attorney; Andrea Salazar, CDD

A. Call to Order

Meeting called to order at 5:35 pm by Chair Gustafson and a quorum was present. Chair
Gustafson asked everyone to introduce themselves to the new members of the Board.

B. Approval of Agenda

Member Dillane moved to approve the agenda and Vice-Chair Walker seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

C. Approval of Minutes

Chair Gustafson had an edit to the members present section of the minutes. Vice-Chair

Walker moved to approve the minutes as amended and Member McPherson seconded. The
motion passed unanimously.

D. Approval of 2022 Meeting Calendar

Chair Gustafson stated that January 17 and February 21, 2022, are both holidays and asked the
Board when they would like to reschedule those two meetings to. After discussion it was decided
to have the January Board meeting on January 18, 2022, and to wait until that meeting to decide
on the rest of the calendar dates once Council has approved their calendar.

E. Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda

Antonio Maggiore voiced his concern and displeasure with the Code Compliance survey that has
been going out to the residents of Los Alamos and White Rock. He was extremely upset that his
yard was one of the photos in the survey and stated that this was a bad system that could
potentially pit neighbor against neighbor. He asked that the Board take caution and not set
standards that are overly burdensome.

II. PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSION ITEMS

(Action may be taken on these items.)

A. Complaint System Discussion

Vice-Chair Walker spoke with the Board regarding the online complaint system that allows
residents to submit code complaints anonymously. He used an example of an address on the data
report provided by staff to explain how this system could become a way for residents to harass
their neighbors. Board members had many questions and laid out several options for making a

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recommendation to Council, but agreed they needed more information to determine what, if any,
problem existed and therefore what recommendation to take. After discussion and questions of
staff, the Board determined to defer any action pending additional information.

B. Membership and Assignments

Vice-Chair Walker stated that this will be his last meeting as he is resigning from the Board. He
explained that his decision is due to not feeling respected and valued by Council and the
treatment of Boards and Commissions by County Council. Chair Gustafson announced plans to elect a Vice-Chairperson at the next meeting and
get members assigned to working groups or as liaisons with other Boards and Commissions.

C. Residential Smoke â€“ Possible Nuisance?

Chair Gustafson stated that he has received comments from a couple of citizens regarding the
issue with residential smoke from fireplaces. He recommended that the Board look into this issue
as a possible nuisance and something that would need to be addressed in the code revisions.
Board members were given the opportunity to express their opinions on this matter. No action was
taken.

D. Proposed Recommendation on DPS Consultancy

Vice-Chair Walker presented a power-point presentation regarding the current survey that
Community Development contracted with Polco to administer. He explained that the photos are
not obscured enough and that the properties are recognizable which causes a lack of trust in the
community. He stated that it is the fault of the consultants for not asking the owners permission to
use their properties in the survey. Member Dillane agreed with the comments and added that the
questions were leading. She stated that she was unable to complete the survey because she felt
she could not give her true opinion with he way the questions were worded.

Member Dillane moved that the Board recommend to County Council to direct the consultants to
redo the survey using completely unrecognizable photos and completely unbiased questions.
Member Solomon seconded the motion. After discussion the motion failed 4-3 with the following
member vote:
Chair Gustafson â€“ No
Vice-Chair Walker â€“ Yes
Member Dillane â€“ Yes
Member Solomon â€“ Yes
Member McPherson â€“ No
Member Day â€“ No
Member Hanson - No

E. Review of Cases

There were no questions or concerns regarding the November code cases.

F. Working Group Reports 1

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Public Outreach and Communication

Member Dillane stated that she feels the County is preventing the group from being able to
effectively do their job. County staff will not allow CDAB to have ownership of the Facebook page
and they do not run data on comments like requested. Chair Gustafson stated that he will meet
with the new Public Information Officer, Julie Williams-Hill to discuss these issues. Vice-Chair
Walker recommended making a public request to Council for help with this.

2. Consultant Communication Group

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No report

III. Reports and Updates

A. Chair Report

Chair Gustafson stated that the Board needs to begin getting their position lined out for the
recommendation to Council on the Chapter 18 updates.

Member Dillane stated that this will be her last meeting, she is resigning from the Board. She
commented on her frustration that the Board could not come together to hold the consultants
responsible to do their jobs accurately.

B. Board Liaison Reports

None

C. Council Liaison Report

None

G. Staff Report

Adrienne Lovato, CDD, asked the Board to begin working on the FY23 work plan and stated that
the draft plan is due to her by the end of February.

IV. Public Comment

Antonio Maggiore stated that he is very disappoint and appalled that the Board did not support the
motion made by Member Dillane. He stated that it was a very low bar to hold the consultants to
and that these consultants win the bids for all projects the County has, and their work
progressively gets worse and worse. Requiring them to do their jobs accurately was not asking
much in his opinion.

V. Next Meeting (s) Future Agenda Items

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 @ 5:30pm

1. Work Plan
2. Approval of 2022 Meeting Calendar

VI. Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 8:06pm Approved John Gustafson, Chair Date

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County of Los Alamos

Staff Report

January 18, 2022

Los Alamos, NM 87544 www.losalamosnm.us

Agenda No.: Index (Council Goals): Presenters:

John Gustafson

Legislative File: 15401-22

Title

Approval of 2022 Meeting Calendar

Recommended Action

I move that the Board approve the 2022 Meeting Calendar as submitted

Attachments

A. 2022 CDAB Meeting Calendar

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2022 Community Development Advisory Board Meeting Calendar

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County of Los Alamos

Staff Report

January 18, 2022

Los Alamos, NM 87544 www.losalamosnm.us

Agenda No.: Index (Council Goals): Presenters:

John Gustafson

Legislative File: 15421-22

Title

Talking Points for Complaint System Discussion

Attachments

A. Talking Points for Complaint System Discussion

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Code Enforcement

The following is o

ff

ered as a starting point for a CDAB discussion that could lead to a recommendation to Council regarding the current nuisance code enforcement process.

1. Use the complaint system only for situations that represent an imminent threat to public health and safety.

2. Establish regular routes for enforcement o

ffi

cers to survey neighborhoods on a known schedule, giving equal attention to all neighborhoods. Ensure the route schedule is available online and can be known by anyone interested; periodically re-communicate the route schedule to the public, so people have the opportunity to make adjustments to their property before enforcement surveys occur.

Consequence:

Move from a hybrid complaint system to an enforcement-focused one.

Motivation:

•

Eliminate the dynamic of neighbors “snitching” on neighbors; eliminate potential for system to be abused or used to harass others.

•

Keep in place a mechanism for reporting imminent threats to public health and safety.

•

Create a more predictable and knowable system of enforcement.

Other tangential considerations:

A. Create a communication campaign around positive examples of property management

1. Tally the number of “attaboys” handed out

2. Tally the number of violations noted

3. Strive for an equal balance of the two

B. Include in any letters sent to notify property owners of situations that need corrective action information on the resources available to help with clean up or maintenance.

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County of Los Alamos

Staff Report

January 18, 2022

Los Alamos, NM 87544 www.losalamosnm.us

Agenda No.: Index (Council Goals): Presenters:

John Gustafson

Legislative File: 15418-22

Title

FY23 Draft Work Plan

Attachments

A. FY23 CDAB Draft Work Plan

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FY23 Work Plan for
Los Alamos County
Boards and Commissions

(Fiscal Year 2023: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)

Board and Commission Name:  Community Development Advisory Board Date prepared:  02/18/2022 Date approved by Council: TBD Prepared by: This work plan will be accomplished in the following time frame: July 01, 2022- June 30, 2023 Chairperson: John R. Gustafson

Members and terms: Department Director: Paul Andrus, Community Development Department Work plan developed in collaboration with Department Director. (Y/N?)  Y Staff Liaison: Bryce Ternet Administrative Support provided by Adrienne Lovato Member Start/End Dates Term Robert Day 8/15/2019-8/14/2022 1 Allen McPherson 8/15/2020-8/14/2023 1 Anna Marie Solomon 8/15/2020-8/14/2023 1 David Hanson 8/15/2020-8/14/2023 1 John Gustafson 8/15/2019-8/14/2022 1 Vacant Vacant

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Council Liaison:  Sara Scott                                    Reviewed by Council Liaison? _Yes__

1.0

Provide a brief Summary of your Board or Commission’s activities over the past twelve
months.  Please  describe  your  Board  or  Commission’s  accomplishments  and  identify
constraints. List any â€œlessons learned” and identify the greatest challenges faced by the
Board or Commission.

The Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) has been meeting since August 2018. FY22
represented a time when significant activity ramped up in connection with the rewrite of Chapter 18 of
the Municipal Code. CDAB undertook the following activities in support of the rewrite and consistent
with CDAB’s FY22 Work Plan:

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Provided to Dekker/Perich/Sabatini information gathered by CDAB relevant to the Chapter 18
rewrite.

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Established a sub-quorum working group to participate in DPS bi-weekly meetings.

•

Received briefings from DPS staff regarding their process for conducting the Chapter 18
rewrite.

•

Developed and received approval from County Council for a communications plan to help
inform the public regarding the Chapter 18 rewrite and to invite input to help inform the
rewrite. The plan was developed and implemented by CDAB’s sub-quorum working group on
Communications and Public Outreach.

•

With LAC staff assistance, established a CDAB email address for use by the general
public to provide input directly to CDAB members.

•

With LAC staff assistance, established a CDAB Facebook page.

•

In support of this effort, developed and approved a policy to guide CDAB responses to
public inputs received through emails or social media posts.

•

Developed and released through LAC’s Public Information Office 12 messages
regarding CDAB, CDD, property maintenance, and nuisance code enforcement issues.
Messages were sent out between September 28 and November 9, 2021, on Facebook
and amplified through shares and postings on multiple additional venues.

•

The Facebook messages issued “reached” a maximum audience of 6,385 persons
and a minimum of 1,440 people. There were a total of 104 shares of the
information to other Facebook pages and 69 comments to the posts themselves.

•

The messages also posted to NextDoor and generated more than 80 comments
from 32 individuals and 19 CDAB responses. The comments were included in the
CDAB agenda so they would be captured in the official record.

•

This effort continues with the analysis of information LAC PIO has extracted
from the postings and comments and provided to CDAB.

•

Continued to support County appearances at Farmer’s Markets to represent CDAB in
partnership with CDD to the community. The Farmer’s Market also was the initial venue for
distributing a questionnaire (not a survey) to engage with and gather input from residents. A
total of 56 responses were gathered. The questionnaire posed three questions:

•

Should municipalities define and enforce property maintenance standards? (Yes 80%,
No 20%)

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•

Do properties in your neighborhood meet your expectations for maintenance and
appearance? (Yes 50%, Mostly 33%, No 16%)

•

Does LAC strike the right balance in enforcing property maintenance standards (Just
right 34%, Too loose 25%, Too strict 32%, Don’t know 9%)

•

Established CDAB positions for recommendation to Council on known areas of emphasis in
the consultant-led Chapter 18 rewrite.

•

Engaged productively with CDD staff to advance CDAB activities (e.g. at CDAB’s request,
CDD now generates a monthly enforcement activity summary; CDAB contributed to CDD a
list of local resources to provide to property owners who need assistance with maintenance
issues).

•

Continued to review individual cases for any issues of concern in enforcement decisions and
to educate CDAB members on the enforcement process.

2.0

Describe  the  future  work  plans  for  this  Board  or  Commission  using  the  following  items  and showing the relationship to those items:

(Please remember that

Council approval of this work plan does not constitute official Council approval of proposed projects, assignments, or anticipated recommendations included in this work plan that have budget implications.)

2.1

List  any  special  projects  or  assignments  given  to  this  Board  or  Commission  by
Council or the Department Director:

For  FY23  CDAB  has  not  received  any  special  assignments  from  County  Council  or  from  the
Community  Development  Department  Director.  The  Board’s  primary  emphasis  for  FY23  will  be  to
support the Chapter 18 rewrite and continue with community outreach and education efforts.

2.2     List the guiding documents/plans (with approval or revision dates listed) used by this Board or Commission.

Guiding documents include the County Boards and Commissions Ordinance; Chapter 18
(Environment) of the Los Alamos County Code of Ordinances; and Los Alamos Code Ordinance No.
02-285. In addition, portions of Chapter 10 (Buildings and Building Regulations), Chapter 16
(Development Code), and any other applicable Chapters of the County Code as they relate to property
maintenance code enforcement and other purposes of this committee.

2.3 Other  projects/assignments  proposed  by  the  Board  or  Commission:  (

Any  projects  or

activities proposed in this section should be discussed with the Council Liaison prior to
listing it in this work plan.)

To assist with Council review of the work plans, please list the B&C’s proposed projects or assignments in priority order.

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Some of the projects described here may be completed during FY22, but because of the deadline for
submitting this work plan to County staff for preparation for presentation to Council they are included
in the FY23 Work Plan.

• Establish clear CDAB positions informed by community values learned from community

surveys and inputs to CDAB that can be incorporated into a recommendation to Council on, at
a minimum, the issues in Chapter 18 and Chapter 16 that have been of greatest community
and enforcement concern and that are a focus for the rewrite consultant, namely • Weeds and plant growth
• Inoperable vehicles
• Outdoor storage
• Complaint system

• Work closely with consultant DPS on the Chapter 18 rewrite to ensure CDAB insights into

community standards and concerns are considered during the rewrite. This may include
proposing language into the ordinance that explains the intent of each requirement

• Continue with approved communication plan, especially as it provides the opportunity to

generate and gather public input regarding Chapter 18 and and keep the public informed about
potential changes to the code.

• Inform CDAB activities with LAC community survey results, existing or as new ones become available. • Perform annual review and update as necessary of listing of voluntary resources available to help property owners who need assistance with maintenance issues.

3.0

Identify  any  interfaces  for  the  goals/tasks  in  this  work  plan  with  County  Departments
and other Boards and Commissions. Specify the coordination required.

Environmental Sustainability Board

: CDAB will attempt in FY23 to coordinate more effectively

with ESB. (Because of continual changes in CDAB membership in FY22 our efforts to work with ESB
were not as productive as we had intended.) The opportunities to coordinate remain as they were in
FY22, such as community clean-up days and programs such as brush collection, recycling, and
composting that can affect residents’ ability to comply with property maintenance codes. Shared
awareness of issues, resources, and opportunities could be beneficial to the efforts of both bodies. As
an example, the recent ESB recommendation and Council decision regarding the use of glyphosate
potentially bears on the control of weeds as codified in Chapter 18.

Planning & Zoning

: Per recommendation from LAC Attorney’s office, any recommendations that

would change Chapter 16 will be presented to P&Z before Council. P&Z oversees issues that can
affect residents’ ability to comply with Chapter 18 property maintenance codes, so it will be essential
for CDAB to ensure any solutions recommended to Council are properly contextualized with P&Z’s
concerns.

Public Information Office

: CDAB coordinated with LAC PIO to undertake its communications and outreach plan in support of the Chapter 18 rewrite. CDAB-generated information was disseminated

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through LAC PIO. They also have provided to CDAB data on posting and sharing of information on
social media and reactions to it so that CDAB cause that information to refine its messaging.

Community Development Department

: Understanding CDD perspectives, issues, and guidance is

important to a productive working relationship. CDD staff have been responsive to CDAB requests for
information. CDD representation at CDAB meetings has helped inform CDAB discussions.

Council Liaison

: The Council Liaison plays an important role in keeping CDAB informed of issues being considered by County Council that have a bearing on CDAB activities.

4.0     List any special public information or involvement meetings or efforts to be conducted by this Board or Commission:

No meetings are planned currently, but CDAB expects to be an active participant in public meetings
coordinated by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini in conjunction with the rewrite of Chapter 18. We also
anticipate continuing to participate in public engagement opportunities, such as the County table at
Farmer’s Markets.

5.0 List the current subcommittees for this Board or Commission.

1. Public Outreach and Communication
2. Consultant Communication

Note:

The Voluntary Community Resources Working Group was disbanded after it developed a

listing of volunteer resources and provided it to CDD. CDAB intends to review that resource listing
annually and update it as appropriate.

5.1

For  subcommittees  with  members  that  are  not  members  of  the  parent  board  or
commission:
N/A

Attachment  A:    Provide  a  copy  of  your  Board  or  Commission’s  â€œPurpose”  and  â€œDuties  and
Responsibilities” from Chapter 8 of the County Code. Attachment B: Using the chart below, place an X in the column on the right if the Council Goal
is related to the work of the Planning & Zoning Commission

:

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Attachment A

ARTICLE XV.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD Sec. 8

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301.

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Purpose.

A community development advisory board is established in order to make recommendations to county
council regarding  the  development,  implementation,  and  enforcement  of  county  property
maintenance  codes  within  the  corporate boundaries of the county.
(Ord. No. 02-285, § 2, 5-15-2018)
Sec. 8

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302.

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Membership, terms and qualifications.

(1) The community development advisory board shall be composed of seven citizens with an attempt
to provide equal representation from both the Los Alamos townsite and the White Rock community.
No board member shall  be  appointed  that  is  an  employee  of  the  county,  either  as  staff  or  by
contractor.  Members  shall  be appointed by the county council for staggered terms of three years.
Three initial appointments shall expire after one year. The determination of which initial expiring
appointments will be decided by the council chairperson at the time of appointment. Vacant board
positions will be appointed by the county council. The remaining four members on the board will
expire their term after two years and rotation of appointments shall continue. Board members can be
reappointed for no more than two terms.
(2) Each member of the community development advisory board shall file a complete list of real estate
interests in  the  county held  by the member and, to  the  extent possible, a  complete  list of real estate
interests in  the county held by any person related to the member within the third degree of
consanguinity or affinity (natural or adopted  children,  parents,  brothers,  sisters,  aunts,  uncles,
nieces,  nephews,  grandchildren,  grandparents, great-grandchildren,   great-grandparents).   The   list
shall   include   participation   in   partnerships,   limited partnerships, syndications, joint ventures, etc.,
for the purpose of investment in real estate interests. The list shall be filed during the month of April of
each year with the county manager and retained as required by the state Public Records Act, NMSA
1978, 14-3-1 et seq. A member of the community development advisory board is disqualified  from
participating  or voting  on any matter  which  would result  in  a substantial change,  either increase or
decrease, in the value of any real estate interests owned by the member or the real estate interests of
any person related to the member within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity. Further, a
member of the  community development advisory board  is disqualified  from  participating  or voting
on  any matter which would result in a substantial change, either increase or decrease, in the values of
real estate interests owned by others with whom the member has a business or professional
relationship with respect to the matter under consideration.
(Ord. No. 02-285, § 2, 5-15-2018)

Sec. 8

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303.

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Duties and responsibilities.

The community development advisory board shall serve in an advisory capacity to the county council
and shall  have the following functions, responsibilities and duties:
(1Making of recommendations to the county council regarding: a.Policies for the development, implementation and enforcement of county property
maintenance codes;
b. Recommend  possible  changes  and  definitions  to  the  county  code  relating  to  CDD
and  Code Enforcement efforts; and

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c.Recommend programs and policies for community development with regard to positive
outreach activities, such as assistance programs, citizen volunteer groups, and county
sponsored clean-up activities. (2) Receive and provide citizen input to staff and county council on ways and means for improving the
county’s property maintenance  and  code  enforcement  program.  For  this purpose,  the  community
development advisory board shall gather public input in ways appropriate to the circumstances, which
may include public meetings dedicated to specific topics.
(3) Recommend ways to involve and educate the community on property maintenance issues.
(4) Receive  all  monthly  property  maintenance  code  enforcement  reports  including  issued  notices
of  violation and citations and photographic evidence, and review as appropriate.
(5) Report  to  county  council  as  requested  by  council  on  community  development  advisory
board  findings, activities, and recommendations.
(6) Such other activities, duties and responsibilities related to community development department
activities as may be assigned by the county council.

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as
signed by the county council.

Attachment B

Council Goals and Priority Areas

Enhancing  quality  of  life,  economic  vitality,  environmental  sustainability,  and  racial  equity  and
inclusivity are overarching goals that will be components of all our efforts as we coordinate with
Los Alamos National Laboratory and regional partners and plan for appropriate levels of  County
services.

Enhancing Communication Enhancing  communication  with  the  public  to  promote  transparency and strengthen trust in County government.

X

Increasing the Amount and Types of Housing Options

This includes increasing the variety of housing options for all segments
of the community, from affordable to new options for those interested in
downsizing  or  moving  closer  to  central  areas  of  the  community  and
pursuing opportunities for utilization of vacant spaces to address these
needs.

Protecting, Maintaining, and Improving Our Open Spaces, Recreational, and Cultural Amenities

Los  Alamos  County  open  spaces  and  cultural  attractions  are  greatly
valued  by  the  community  and  provide  opportunities  for  recreational  and
economic  growth;  appropriately  allocating  resources  to  ensure  their
health and sustainability is important to our citizens.

Enhancing Support and Opportunities for the Local Business Environment This includes appropriately supporting existing businesses, growing new

businesses, supporting technology start-ups and spin-offs, and identifying
opportunities for utilizing vacant space as a part of these efforts.

X

Supporting Social Services Improvement

Behavioral,  mental,  and  physical  health  and  social  services  are
important  quality  of  life  components;  there  are  key  areas  where
appropriate  types  and  levels  of  County  support  could  help  address
current needs

Improving Access to High Quality Broadband

Enabling  reliable  high-speed  broadband  service  throughout  the  county
by determining  appropriate  investments  (e.g.,  conduct  a  community
needs analysis, evaluate technical options).

Investing in Infrastructure

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Appropriately  balancing  maintenance  of  existing  infrastructure  with
new investments  in  county  utilities,  roads,  trails,  expanded  transit
options,  facilities  and  amenities,  which  will  help  improve
environmental  stewardship,  sustainability,  and  quality  of  life,  while
allowing for sustainable growth.

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County of Los Alamos

Staff Report

January 18, 2022

Los Alamos, NM 87544 www.losalamosnm.us

Agenda No.: Index (Council Goals): Presenters:

John Gustafson

Legislative File: 15420-22

Title

Talking Points for Recommendations to Council

Attachments

A. Talking Points for Recommendations to Council

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Weeds etc

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ered as a starting point for a CDAB discussion that could lead to a recommendation to Council regarding how Chapter 18 regulates weeds/plant growth.

Thoughts toward possible new language:

1. Weeds etc. — regulate only excessive plant growth or accumulation of vegetative material that

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A. Nonsubjective criteria

1. Interferes with movement on public streets or walkways (e.g. encroaches on a sidewalk);

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2. Interferes with visibility at intersections or entrances to roadways (e.g. driveways or parking lot access points);

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B. Subjective criteria

1. Has accumulated to an amount that constitutes a  conspicuous fire hazard

i. Discuss with Fire Department/urban-wildland interface for any existing criteria — assuming there are metrics for what amount of material constitutes an extreme risk.

ii. Perhaps even give over this determination to LAFD?

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2. Represents a potential danger to public safety (e.g. dead trees ready to fall over or dead branches over-hanging a sidewalk).

Modify text of Chapter 18 to reflect and be consistent with these guiding principles.

Note that Section 18-42 concerns more than just weeds. It might be useful to tease apart the di

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erent elements into separate sections of code.

Current text:

Sec. 18-42. - Weeds, brush piles, refuse and rubbish.

(a)

 

All weeds, brush piles, refuse and rubbish on a property within the county are hereby declared to be a nuisance and a menace to the health and safety of the inhabitants of the county. The accumulation of weeds, grasses, refuse and rubbish which constitutes or create a fire, health or safety hazard is unlawful and is hereby declared to be a nuisance. It is unlawful for the owner or occupants of any property to permit refuse, rubbish or brush piles to accumulate on any part of the property. (b)

 

All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of 18 inches. Weeds shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants and vegetation, other than trees or shrubs provided; however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens. Allegations that weeds upon a property constitute a nuisance pursuant to this section shall set forth with particularity which plants are deemed weeds, why, and the abatement measures required, all of which shall be included in the notice issued pursuant to this chapter 18. (c)

 

The property owners and the prime contractors in charge of any construction site shall maintain the construction site in such a manner that refuse and rubbish will be prevented from being carried by the elements to adjoining premises. All refuse and rubbish from construction or related activities shall be  picked  up  at  the  end  of  each  workday  and  placed  in  containers  which  will  prevent  refuse  and rubbish from being carried by the elements to adjoining premises. (d)

 

No owner or occupant of any property shall allow any hedge, shrub, tree or other vegetation, or any part  thereof,  to  overhang,  extend  or  protrude  into  any  street,  sidewalk,  or  public  right-of-way  in  a manner which obstructs or impedes the safe and orderly movement of persons or vehicles thereon.

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Inoperable Vehicles

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ered as a starting point for a CDAB discussion that could lead to a recommendation to Council regarding how Chapter 16 regulates inoperable vehicles.

Cautionary Note: It may be premature to undertake this topic because Chapter 16 is under the purview of Planning and Zoning and they are in the process of rewriting Chapter 16. So — should CDAB wait and let their process proceed? Come up with a position that may or may not be useful to the process?

Initial guiding thoughts toward possible new language:

If a vehicle is not registered with the state and is kept in the front or side yard in view of the public it must be

1. Registered with the County

2. Registration renewed annually

3. Maximum of two renewals

4. After which vehicle must be titled/registered or removed.

5. At all times the vehicle’s location must not interfere with public streets or walkways and the vehicle must be maintained in a safe condition (e.g. not held up by unstable or inappropriate supports and not leaking fluids into the environment).

Sec. 16-281. - Inoperable vehicles

(a)

Finding.

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The county council, having found that the existence of numerous inoperable

vehicles is aesthetically unpleasing that can lead to lower property values, does impose the
following conditions:

1.

In all R, P-D, P-O, C-1, R&D, W-1, W-2 and H districts, any number of inoperable
vehicles may be stored in an enclosed building in a rear yard and a maximum of three
inoperable vehicles may be stored in a combination of the rear yard and side yard;
provided, however, that they are kept within a sight-obscuring fence six feet in height or
each is covered with an opaque cover designed to fit the motor vehicle

2.

In all R, P-D, P-O, C-1, R&D, W-1, W-2, MU, DT and H districts, storage of inoperable
vehicles is not permitted within the area between the front property line and the front of
the main structure: except if the lot, because of topography or shape, and/or the
structures located on the lot, cannot reasonably accommodate the location of
inoperable vehicles in areas other than the front yard, and there is no visual safety
hazard, one inoperable vehicle may be stored in a front yard; provided that it is covered
with an opaque cover designed to fit the motor vehicle.

3.

In the C-2, C-3 and all M districts, storage of inoperable vehicles is permitted, provided
that storage of inoperable vehicles is permitted as part of a permitted or special use and
complies with all use requirements of the district and all conditions, if any, imposed by
the planning and zoning commission or county council.

4.

Inoperable vehicles are prohibited in the public right-of-way or from encroaching upon
the public right-of-way.

b.

Exemptions.

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Exempt from the provisions of subsections (a) through (c) of this section are

vehicles that are classified as vehicles of historic and special significance under the
provisions of NMSA 1978, Â§ 66-11-1 et seq., except that such vehicles, when stored in the
front yard, will be covered with an opaque cover designed to fit the vehicle

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Outdoor Storage

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ered as the starting point for a CDAB discussion that could lead to a recommendation to Council regarding how Chapter 18 regulates outdoor storage.

I don’t have any good thoughts to get this discussion going, but the code as currently written seems to focus on the visibility of objects versus outdoor storage of items that could a

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ect public health and safety.

Sec. 18-44. - Outdoor storage of materials.

No owner or occupant of any residential premises shall permit the outdoor storage* on such premises of materials not customarily stored outdoors in residential neighborhoods, such as, but not limited to, construction materials, tires and household appliances, if such materials, whether or not sheltered or covered or within a carport or other partially enclosed structure, are visible from any public street, sidewalk, alley or from the ground level of abutting properties. The storage of materials within a garage or other fully enclosed structure shall not be considered outdoor storage for the purposes of this provision. Notwithstanding the foregoing, construction materials may be stored outdoors on residential premises for a period not to exceed nine months, or for such longer period of time as may have been approved by the community development director, if such materials are being used in the construction of a structure on the site and for which a building permit has been issued by the county.

* Q: What does â€œstorage” mean to the County? I believe this is the section of Chapter 18 used to
regulate â€œfree items” being presented at the curb or in one’s driveway for interested parties to
take. I don’t believe handling materials in this way equates to “storage."