The Taos County Planning and Zoning Commission has denied a special use permit for a Family Dollar store in El Prado ...
The Taos County Planning and Zoning Commission has denied a special use permit for a Family Dollar store in El Prado.
During a Wednesday (Feb. 26) continuation meeting, the commission voted unanimously to deny the permit for the proposed store, which would have sat on over an acre of land on a 7-acre lot near Millicent Rogers Road.
“Over the last several years that land has slowly been developed,” said project agent Alex Abeyta.
Wednesday’s meeting was a continuation of a previous meeting where supporters and opponents were able to state their opinions on the proposed Family Dollar. The beginning of the meeting lasted nearly four hours before the commission voted to continue it to Wednesday evening.
Opponents of the store say the building does not fit with the landscape and architecture of El Prado.
“We do want to see progress, but we want to see progress in the right direction,” said area resident Greg Trujillo.
Abeyta said the applicants plan on appealing the ruling to the County Commission.
The commission's decision can be appealed by any citizen within 30 days of its filing. If that happens, the special use permit will go before the Taos County Board of Commissioners.
To read the full story on the special use permit meeting, see the March 5 edition of the Taos News.
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