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New Mexico Bulk Transmission Land Use Planning(1-NM)

Land use planning in New Mexico is delegated to municipalities and counties within the state. Municipal and County land use planning commissions develop master plans to guide the physical development within their jurisdiction. Master plans usually address issues such as land use, water, transportation, economic development, and infrastructure. NMS 3-19 and NMS 4-57.

Local Process
Land use permits are required for each local government associated with the transmission lines, however, regulations vary. No Location Permit may be approved by NMPRC that violates an existing state, county, or municipal land use statutory or administrative regulation unless NMPRC finds that the regulation is "unreasonably restrictive and not in the interest of the public convenience and necessity."[1] Under state law, New Mexico counties and municipalities are given zoning authority to regulate and restrict the use of land within its jurisdiction lines.[2] State statutes give local governments (counties and municipalities) the authorization to adopt zoning ordinances. A county zoning authority may adopt a zoning ordinance applicable to all or any portion of the territory within the county that is not within the zoning jurisdiction of a municipality.[3] A municipal zoning authority may adopt a zoning ordinance applicable to the territory within the municipal boundaries.[3] [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 New Mexico Statutes 62-9-3(G)
  2. New Mexico Statutes 3-21-1
  3. 3.0 3.1 New Mexico Statutes 3-21-2

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.