Planning Commission approves housing projects, two hotels | Local News

The city’s planning commission approved a series of developments at its meeting on Thursday, including two new hotels and several housing projects, but filed a contentious point that could have paved the way for 88 new homes near the historic village of Agua Fria.

The commission approved a 19-room boutique hotel planned for Old Santa Fe Trail and Water Street, adjacent to Loretto Chapel. The site was originally owned by Jim Kirkpatrick, who developed the Inn & Spa at Loretto in 1975. Kirkpatrick sold the resort in 1996 but retained the surrounding property.

The building will be four stories and 31,000 square feet. The hotel will mainly consist of 15 single-bed units, spread over the first and second floors, with three additional twin-bedded rooms. The fourth floor will house an individual two-bedroom suite.

Commissioners praised site developer Kirkpatrick LLC for “protecting” the nearby Loretto Chapel.

The commission also unanimously gave the green light to 21 Club Holdings’ plan to build a 60-room resort at its Monte Sereno development in the northern part of Santa Fe.

The development, west of US 285 and north of Tano Road, consists of approximately 300 acres and is primarily home to single-family homes. The hotel plan will occupy 168.27 acres in the northern part of the development, with the hotel on approximately 19 acres.

A proposal to add 88 homes near the historic village of Agua Fria on the Caja del Oro Grant and Hernandez roads has been tabled until the commission’s March meeting, following concerns about the effect of the development on the neighboring area.

Along with a development plan approval, the developer was seeking to rezone the 16-acre site from one unit per acre to 10 units per acre. It was also trying to get rid of any commercial zoning on the site, which had previously been intended for a community grocery store. “I think we need to give him the time he deserves,” Commissioner Jessica Lawrence said.

The article was filed after several people raised concerns about the suitability of the project in the mainly rural community, particularly after the commission had already approved other large developments nearby.

Commissioner Anna Hansen shared her traffic concerns. “I agree that we need single-family homes, but I think the South Meadows, Alameda area is completely overdeveloped already,” she said.

Other speakers wondered if nearby schools could handle the influx of new students. William Mee, president of the Agua Fria Village Association, said the project would have to wait until the city and county resolve any lingering annexation issues in the area.

Commissioner Dominic Sategna questioned why applicants had to apply for R-10 zoning, as opposed to something more in line with the rest of the zone. He also asked for more details on the traffic impact analysis, particularly where 88 new residents would drive to access services.

The commission approved two other developments.

He has given the green light to a final subdivision plan from The Housing Trust for 20 single-family lots on approximately 3.2 acres in Tierra Contenta. A proposal to repurpose a 15,448 square foot bank office building on a 0.91 acre lot on Rosina Street into a 32-unit building was also approved.

The owner plans to add approximately 23,500 square feet of new construction on top of the building at 2020 Rosina St., bringing the height to three stories with a rooftop terrace.

The commission postponed a vote on a request for a height variation to allow for a 52ft structure, renewing concerns that the commission was “one-off zoning” instead of a general plan overhaul.

Hansen, who is also president of the neighborhood association Casa Allegre, supported the project.

“We’re talking about filler, we’re talking about being progressive and doing the right kind of thing, and in a lot of ways I feel like it’s a building doing the right kind of thing,” said Hansen. “Infill – using an existing building and repurposing it.”

Aurora J. William