The Village of Ruidoso is a resort community in south central New Mexico. Much of the available housing was built for seasonal use because of that. The lack of affordable housing for both service workers and entry level employees impacted the local economy.
Just under half of Dona Ana County’s population resides in the incorporated communities of Las Cruces and Mesilla. Over half of the population lives in smaller towns, villages and unincorporated communities along the Rio Grande Valley. Many of those communities are designated colonias with significant needs for basic infrastructure and affordable housing.
The Greater Carlsbad Comprehensive Plan – Strategy 2020 identified a number of housing issues and established goals and objectives for providing quality residential environments. That was an initial step toward addressing the housing issue. Sites Southwest’s Housing Analysis and Strategic Plan provided another step.
The City of Raton and Raton MainStreet contracted with Sites Southwest to prepare a Downtown Master Plan/MRA Plan, including a designation report for the MRA. Sites Southwest conducted a public workshop with downtown stakeholders and personally surveyed downtown businesses to identify assets and confirm improvements the community wanted.
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