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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Gonzales
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1-24-06
HB 153
SHORT TITLE
TAOS COUNTY ARTICULATED LAND-USE
MAP
SB
ANALYST Hadwiger
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$35.0
Non-Rec
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Finance and Administration (DFA)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 153 appropriates $35 thousand from the general fund to the Local Government Divi-
sion of the Department of Finance and Administration for preparation of an articulated land-use
map for Taos County.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $35 thousand contained in this bill is a non-recurring expense to the general
fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY07 would revert to
the general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
DFA indicated that Taos County currently has only a general land use map, with agricultural
zoning shown for the bulk of its private land use. It is revising its land use regulations to emulate
the zoning in place in Rio Arriba County, which designates riparian lands as agricultural and
prevents development on acequia watered agricultural parcels on more than 20 percent of that
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land. Taos County wants to map land use on a watershed basis and specifically show lands that
are working farms and ranches, in contrast to lands that are fallow or lacking water rights. DFA
noted that Taos County updated its comprehensive plan in 2005. This year it will change subdi-
vision and zoning ordinances to track the policies embodied in the plan. HB153 will enable the
county to update its land use map to eliminate guesswork on what the county will allow or won't
allow on lands in the county.
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