Rio Rancho residents upset over proposed zoning changes

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) - People in one part of Rio Rancho are upset that developers are trying to rezone an area which could bring in thousands of people to their quiet neighborhood.

"Then we saw the proposal from Harvard and we decided we did not like it because it's too extreme. It goes against the original vision of what Mariposa was intended to be, and that's why we moved here," said resident Keith Shannon.

Harvard Investments, the developers, are asking the city to rezone about 695 acres of land that was supposed to be for estate homes, low density-single family homes and open space to land where mixed use activity center district and single family residential. However, this proposed change has ruffled a lot of feathers.

"I know that this opinion may vary but on our end, we stand in promotion of it," said resident James McAllian. "We feel that growth in this community will help out build the economy, and I think that's the way to go and I think it would benefit both the developers and the residents here as well."

"I understand the developers point of view, that yes, they want to make the most of what they can, but let's not ruin the topography in order to do it," said resident Andie Kitson. "Because once you take it away you can't put it back."

Harvard Investments, an Arizona firm, bought the land out a few years ago from another developer that was failing financially. People who KRQE News 13 spoke with said the developers are going back on their word to keep the zoning from the master plan that drew them here years ago.

No word exactly how many people could end up living there if the rezoning goes through, or when the construction could start.

The planning department already approved these changes, now the city council has to approve them. That meeting is set for November 14, 2018.


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