the project.  

The Apodaca Blueprint is a neighborhood planning effort initiated by the City of Las Cruces to promote the vitality and investment in the neighborhoods to the east and southeast of Apodaca Park.  As existing neighborhoods age, they experience increasing challenges relating to infrastructure condition, public services, character and aesthetics, and housing condition and choice. The Apodaca  Blueprint will recommend “neighborhood conservation” strategies to maintain or improve the condition of property, and quality of life within Apodaca-area neighborhoods.

The Apodaca Blueprint planning area includes the former Las Cruces Country Club – a property that is in the midst of a major transformation. While the ongoing redevelopment of this property can provide an economic boost to the citizens of Las Cruces, major changes to land uses and development intensities can also have unintended consequences for those residing in close proximity to the redevelopment site. The Apodaca Blueprint will include a conceptual site plan and growth scenario for redevelopment tracts in the planning area to provide surrounding residents with greater certainty in how new development can be integrated into their community in a complimentary manner.

the planning area.

The Apodaca Blueprint planning area is roughly 730 acres in size.  It is generally bounded by Interstate 25 on the east, Mulberry Avenue on the south, N. Mesquite Street on the west, and U.S. 70 (N. Main Street) and Alameda Arroyo on the north. Two additional focus areas of approximately 158 acres and 77 acres are located on the western and eastern boundaries of the planning area, respectively.

Additional Planning Area and Focus Area Maps can be found here.

 

frequently asked questions.

Why is this project called a “Blueprint?”

This neighborhood planning effort is being prepared in accordance with the City of Las Cruces’s Community Planning Blueprint Initiative – a process created by City Council in June 2011, and amended in December 2015.  Community “blueprints” are designed to generate land use, development, and redevelopment policies to address emerging issues in specific geographic areas of the City.  The Apodaca neighborhood planning effort is the City’s fifth Community Blueprint initiative.  More information about the Las Cruces Community Planning Blueprint Initiative is available here.  Previous Community Blueprints may be viewed here.

Why are Apodaca-area neighborhoods the subject of a Community Blueprint?

Ongoing efforts to redevelop the former Las Cruces Country Club property have generated a wide range of opinions on the form redevelopment should take, and how it may impact surrounding residential areas. The Apodaca Blueprint planning effort is intended to produce a conceptual site plan and growth scenario for the site that provides surrounding residents with greater certainty in how new development can be integrated into their community in a complimentary manner. Likewise, this initiative also affords a good opportunity to evaluate possible strategies to improve existing neighborhoods.

Who is preparing the Apodaca Blueprint?

The Apodaca Blueprint is being administered by the City of Las Cruces’s Community Development Department. The planning process is being led by Halff Associates, Inc., in partnership with the City. Information about the Apodaca Community Blueprint planning team can be found here.

Will the public have a role in the Apodaca Blueprint planning process?

Yes. Public involvement is an essential part of any neighborhood planning process. On-site and on-line public events and activities are planned as part of the Apodaca Blueprint planning effort. Area residents, property owners, workers, and business owners are all encouraged to participate as information on these activities becomes available.

Anticipated Blueprint activities can be viewed on the project timeline.

How can the public become involved in the Apodaca Blueprint planning process?

Let us know that you’re interested. Leave your name and e-mail address with us where designated on the bottom of any page on this website. Then receive e-mails notifying you of project events, activities, or updates.

E-mail or social media not your preferred method of communication? Contact the City of Las Cruces Community Development Department at (575) 528-3066 to request event updates by mail.

How long will the Apodaca Blueprint take?

The Apodaca Blueprint planning process is anticipated to take 5 months – between October 2017 and February 2018. (On-line public engagement begins in November 2017.)

What are the intended outcomes of the Apodaca Blueprint process?

The final product of the Apodaca Blueprint is a planning report that identifies strategies designed to enhance the conditions of existing Apodaca area neighborhoods. The report will also contain include a conceptual site plan and growth scenario for redevelopment tracts in the planning area. It is intended that a final report be adopted as official City policy by resolution of the Las Cruces City Council, to serve as a guide for area growth and redevelopment.

study area.

The Apodaca Blueprint planning area is roughly 730 acres in size.  It is generally bounded by Interstate 25 on the east, Mulberry Avenue on the south, N. Mesquite Street on the west, and U.S. 70 (N. Main Street) and Alameda Arroyo on the north.  Two additional focus areas of approximately 158 acres and 77 acres are located on the western and eastern boundaries of the planning area, respectively.

project timeline.

The Apodaca Blueprint planning process is intended to last five months. A timeline highlighting anticipated benchmarks is provided below.