A VISION STATEMENT for RUIDOSO

We treasure…

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The serene natural environment – cool pines, high mountains, the Rio Ruidoso, comfortable weather, and clear skies,

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A sense of community.  People are friendly; we prize the easy lifestyle where people know each other and where kids are safe riding their bikes.

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A small-town atmosphere, even during the summer and winter when the Village serves an influx of part-time residents and tourists.  

We like where we live, take pride in “our place” and we are willing to volunteer our time for community betterment. 

We envision desirable changes in Ruidoso:

1. Arts, Culture and Recreation

A.  Increased cultural and community events in the appropriate centers.  The arts, culture and recreation should figure prominently in the future growth of the Village.

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People want more outdoor ‘events’ (Blues Festival) and better location for them.
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Pinestock

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Arts & Crafts

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Chile cook-off

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Grindstone is possibility

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Convention Center (competitive in market)

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Economic effects of A/C/R

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Arts open opportunities to less recognized artists.

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Public Schools programs support.

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Community Foundations.

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Recognize and include diversity of art produced in Lincoln County.
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Quality/amateurs/professionals

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All media, 2D/3D/performance written

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Regional basis

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Acknowledge the County

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Performance
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Live music venues.

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Dance venues.

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Orchestral to local bands

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Education for A/C/R
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Youth

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Published writers/authors
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Venues to publish

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Places to purchase

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Communications access Locals/Tourists

B.  A variety of parks, a multi-use trail system with a river walk that connects the community, diversity and expanded recreational facilities (including a multi-purpose community/ recreation center) and activities for everyone, especially youth.

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Plan for (Map or connect) recreational trails areas.

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Plan for access to Moon Mountain

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Park purchases in future likely needed (USDS – others)

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Over use of currents facilities

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Private venues/restaurant, bar, mountain, (non-motorized)

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Bike/off-road bike venues

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Appropriate environmental designed-use, fragmentation 20-25 mile routes, (mapping)
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IMBA standards? (MOU with USFS) rest stops, maintenance, safety, sustainable.

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No ATV’s – continue to support USFS policy.

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Exercise trails (PAR)

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Soft adventure opportunities (Seniors & youngsters)

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Multi-objective planning of recreational development with economic and environmental plan for diversity of users.

2. Education and Quality of life

A.  Quality schools serve all students.  Educational opportunities are available for lifelong learning, vocational (work-force) development including the campus for a 4-year college, with its unique emphasis on natural resources and recreation, creates a “college town” atmosphere and enhances activities in the town.

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Ways to measure success
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Retention rates

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Number of classes

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Number of offerings (diversity)

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Number of schools

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Number of classes

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Successful school testing performance

B.  A healthy community that stresses wellness. promotes a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Comparative health data tie to recreation, trails, etc.

C.  A vibrant mid-town.

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Some sample amenities:
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Bike, hike         Pocket parks?

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Open (after dark)         Covered walkways

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Diverse Coffee shops...hanging...loitering

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Locals use it.  A place for community celebration.  A port, center; plaza

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Potential sites:
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Canning Property, Orphanage Property, Old fire station

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Ways to measure success
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Where can you buy coffee?

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Number of local businesses

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Balance of tourist/local

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Local congregation

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Music

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Community events

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Transportation options

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Old Fire Station (opportunity)

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Link pocket parks

3. Regional Cooperation and Economy

A.  Enhanced mutual cooperation with other local jurisdictions, particularly the City of Ruidoso Downs, the Mescalero Apache tribe, and Lincoln County.

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Liaisons with each jurisdiction

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On-going communication between village & County

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Potential Action Group

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Shared, on-going project (watershed management?)

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Ruidoso wildland urban interface group – how to build on use for other issues

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Single issues, crisis

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Lincoln county health and wellness – example?

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Conservation district?

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Natural resource conservation service?

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Opportunities to work on that will build cooperation.

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Vocational program

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Water

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Insurance for small business

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Diversify population (younger)

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Youth issues (needs) – (Drugs?)

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County recreation organization 

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Back off perception we want city seat, jail, etc. Hold meetings in Ruidoso

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Council that meets monthly.

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Make county think it is their idea.

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People in Ruidoso must begin to truly call (and support) people who live in communities that provide workforce to Ruidoso.

B.  A more vital, diverse economy that expands recreation opportunities for all segments of the population and provides greater support for local businesses.

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Assets? How do you make better use of them?

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Recreationism?

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Proactive recruitment of businesses that fit us.

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What do people need to live wherever they want?

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Local business need to appreciate local customers.

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Stressed labor force.

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Need work force with stronger work ethic.

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Need greater labor force.

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Missing – Vocation Technical –Out of school workforce development.

Measuring Criteria

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Taxes (comparatively)

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Nationwide recreation & retirement economics

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Cost of living (compared to other resorts)

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Criteria (Economy)

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Where does work force live (in & out of Ruidoso?)

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Turn-over of workforce?

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Drug and alcohol use.

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Crime & types.

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Types and locations of business.

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Home based businesses (listed with village).

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Service satisfaction.

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Communication systems.

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Transportation infrastructure.

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Commuting outside immediate region.

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Full-time and part-time residents.

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Show year round vs. second homes

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Vacant homes.

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Where crimes are committed.

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Historical changes in nature of population.

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Cooperative services.

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Structure – MOU, joint-powers agreement – that stipulates who, what, how.

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Start at closest place – work with Ruidoso Downs on common problems and then extend out to other areas.

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Cooperation between agencies to effectively deliver services (e.g., to people with need)

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How does our comp plan relate to the one being done by Downs?

Other Measuring Criteria

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Juvenile justice model program.

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Sentencing alternative.

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Labor force issues.

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Age and where people live.

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Export and import by age & income.

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How can we serve younger population?

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People in need.

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Cost of living.

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Where does workforce live?

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Commute to work?

4. Environment and Infrastructure

A. Conservation of the natural mountain landscape and open spaces, including the effective management of the forest and water, mandatory recycling, unobstructed views of the mountains, clean air, and dark night skies.

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Watershed Protection
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Location 1.  Watershed protection in critical areas include Eagle Creek-other waterways and wells-Cherokee Bill Canyon and Eagle Creek important watersheds

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Location 2.  Bog Springs-wetland-possible private land

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Location 3.  Cherokee Bill watershed-wetland areas

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Location 4.  Area of significant new development

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Location 5. Wetland or marsh areas

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Location 6. Paradise Canyon-wetland resources-riparian zones

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Interface of agency cooperation-forest management-monthly interagency meeting (Village, USFS, BLM, etc.)-healthy forest critical for Village-thinning and management plan approved and being implemented.
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Village has 700 acres identified for thinning and watershed protection

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Includes 400-500 in Eagle Creek watershed

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Wildfire reduction intitiately linked to water concerns

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Provides a visual impact for forest/open lands

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Vegetation in Ruidoso area dominated by Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

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Village has followed federal agencies as far as management of vegetation

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Thinning may help the springs return?

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Does the number of trees affect groundwater fluctuations?  Some theorize

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USFS may have mapped portions of Lincoln NF and White Mountain Wilderness

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Mescalero has a treatment area for fuel reduction

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Views of the mountains are well distributed through the Village-some scarring of the landscape views by forest roads-need to be included in hillside protection controls

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Rick Deiaco can provide FEMA maps-flood prone areas should be mapped

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Erosion-protect against landslides and cut

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Degrading natural system-want no more development in the Eagle Creek and Alto Reservoir Area

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Create standards for hillside protection and erosion affecting water-ordinance has been partially eliminated but should be brought back/revised-degradation of natural systems by un-checked development-need protection for landscape protection

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Other issues: housing types and home construction

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Mobile homes, manufactured housing

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Some wetlands have been filled (elementary school) and no longer function to “polish” stormwater-need to protect remaining waterways and wetlands-other possible wetland areas include Cedar Creek, Warrior Drive (?)-some on private land.

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White Mountain Wilderness an important resource

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Land management agencies with information includes USFS, Village, State lands

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Wildlife well distributed across village, specific gathering areas not known-management of trash may be required because of Black Bear-conspicuous wildlife include elk, deer, bear

B. A state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant.

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Need for an updated Village, County, and Statewide Water plan-where will the water come from-many Village wells are dry-map some of those that are producing and others that are not
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Village water sources vary (60%) from northern wells-(30-40%) from Grindstone Lake (south)-currently about 50:50 ratio

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Outdoor water restrictions in place

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Need “buyback” program to save watershed-primarily forest lands

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Grindstone could be critical-Village owns most of the land around it

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Future demands from development are intense

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Development strong in Camelot (south)-zoned multi-family, Alto, and White Mountain (north)

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Village may need more restrictive zoning

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Need to address use of “gray” water and rain water-establish consumer incentives (Village can’t “give away” $ to citizens), retro-fitting, cisterns

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Difficult to establish average usage

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Conflict of local needs and state (NM) administration-on occasion what may be allowed by state is not wanted by Village

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Village spending $1,000,000 in water projects for 2003
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Location A. Grindstone Lake-affected by potential construction including hillside protection issues

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Location B.  Electrical substation

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Location C.  Camelot and White Mountain-large developments

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Location D.  Alto-significant growth

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4000 lots currently approved for development in Ruidoso
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Not all will see construction?

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Some too small?

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Zoning?

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What about setting goals for growth?  Don’t continue to approve construction when Village is already exceeding water rights-is there a legal way to enforce?

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Development controls need to be enforced

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Drainage issues and drainage controls

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Hillside protection very important

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Acquisition of key watershed protection areas and need “prioritizing” of water rights/usage?

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What is the status of Village water plan?

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There are environmental issues associated with well drilling

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Camelot-zoned for dense multi-family land development (14 DU-R-3)

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Panel, “…on average we exceed water rights to the Rio Ruidoso…”

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Ruidoso News, “…Village consumes 20% more water than its rights allows.  Those rights may be gone before end of the current 5-year account.”

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There is a 1999 water master plan prepared by Wilson & Co., Albuquerque

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Those who don’t want to sell their water rights can lease them (with State Engineer approval)

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Look at other sources of water including:
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Tularosa Basin, Rio Ruidoso

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Some wells may produce more water but do not have rights and/or poor water quality

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Wastewater-EPA standards impact plant operations

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Gray water use may require metering

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Cell tower construction-need for an ordinance

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Need ordinance for the placement of cell towers-need to map transmission lines

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Wastewater treatment plant will have to serve other communities

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Wastewater situation is critical
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Portions of the existing system are old

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Need to be expanded and upgraded

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This is a very expensive process

C. A regional plan for water use, quality and conservation.  It should tie development to the availability of water and offer special incentives for homeowners and developers who implement wise water use plans.

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Ruidoso has “senior nights” in Eagle Creek basin

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Water capture-rainwater harvesting-gray water has significant potential to reduce outdoor water demand and uses throughout the Village

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Examine compacts and agreements for capture and reuse of stream water, wastewater, stormwater, rainwater

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New construction address water use and protection

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Difficult to determine extent of groundwater and source of impacts to local groundwater

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Conservation essential

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How do you measure conservation?

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Land development should be tied to real water availability, careful examination of groundwater and groundwater draw down, loophole=some people have both private wells and Village water service

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Are there known and potential problems with siltation and solid waste issues at Grindstone Lake?

5. Housing and History

A.  Housing that is affordable by the full range of the population of the Village.  This would include incentives to remodel, replace or remove existing housing.

Locations for Affordable Housing

Grindstone Lake Area-12 acres potential affordable housing-may be more important as open space and watershed protection
Location 100
.  Entrance to Camelot includes subsidized and affordable housing
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.  Ruidoso Downs
Location 103
.  La Dera-multi. family apartments in Ruidoso Downs
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.  Ruidoso Downs-some substandard housing
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.  Capitan-also some affordable housing
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.  Ponderosa Heights-trailer rental-
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.  Green Meadows-single family affordable units
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.  1st-10th (numbered streets)-area of potential affordable housing
Location 109
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.  Snow Flake Ridge-120 acres available
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.  White Mountain may make some affordable available
Location 112
.  Camelot dedicate some affordable

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Only a small portion of available housing in affordable

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There are a large number of condos in the Ruidoso area.  These include nightly, weekly, monthly rentals.  It is typically more profitable (owner) to serve tourist rentals than provide monthly rental as affordable housing.

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Rancho Ruidoso (manufactured housing) on the way to the airport-700 units-city size small lots (100’x150’)-on a community water system

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Question: Need to define affordable ($135,000)

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Need to serve people who have to commute from Ruidoso Downs, Capitan, and other community

Options for affordable housing

Vouchers paid by Ruidoso, may be difficult to implement

Special programs to finance housing

Moon Mountain-area with your residence over your commercial/retail/office establishment

Require/ask a builder like ‘Rainmaker’ to build 1 affordable unit for every 10 conventional and/or custom homes.

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Renters are probably not buyers and that has to be considered in an affordable housing effort

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There are no obvious areas in Ruidoso for affordable housing

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Most new residential construction in Ruidoso is custom built homes 

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If the Village has a real estate portfolio, it may be possible to dedicate some of that property to affordable housing-some of these land parcels may not have utilities

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Inn of the Mountain Gods may be building some affordable near the casino

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Builders and developers are not asking what the greater community needs

Solutions/Options:

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If you build 10 units, make 2 affordable

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Developers contribute to a pool of affordable lots-renters or buyers

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Can be a cash contribution within the general geographic area

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Village locates lots and manages program

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Build affordable apartments

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Need to service renters needs

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Seniors and assisted living needs

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Residence over office concept

B.  Assisted living for seniors.

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Location 101.  Senior citizens, income based, 1-story

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Transportation and service need to be tied to assisted and senior living

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Seniors need assisted living.  This is nearly non-existent and underserved

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Identify medium and large tracts for senior use

C. Preservation of the Village’s historic roots.

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Need to review original maps and photographs of the Village (Rio Ruidoso Area)

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Identify historic district boundary

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Educate and enlighten the development community to the value of historic/archaeological resources
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Aesthetic

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Monetary

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Cultural

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Need for an inventory and protection of log cabins, old structures, Casino/Restaurants, and their underground tunnels (1920’s), etc.

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List of potential candidates for the National Register of Historic Places and New Mexico State Monuments

6. Land Use and Transportation

A.  A moderate amount of planned, “smart” growth that compliments the natural and cultural landscapes and has a consistent visual character.

 B.  A more “walkable” and “bikeable” community.

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Desire expressed by participants for the development of a generally better system of walkways and bicycle routes in the village.

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Walking and bicycling should not just be for recreation (which is important), but for transportation as well.

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Need to recognize the link between walking/bicycling and health.

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Need to think about walking and bicycling in terms of land uses (i.e., how building siting, design and construction affect ability to walk or ride a bicycle).

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Lack of sidewalks and poor sidewalk condition are problems, especially in Midtown and other commercial areas.

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There may not be a strong desire for construction of sidewalks in residential areas outside of the Midtown area, but there is a desire for slowing traffic along residential streets to enable safer walking.

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Need to prioritize pedestrian and bicycle improvements:
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Improve year-round residential areas before improving conditions for part-time residents.

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Focus on area around Midtown, especially.

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Develop “network” of safe bicycle routes along the smaller roads, to enable cyclists to avoid having to ride along  Mechem and Sudderth.

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For maps of potential bicycle and walk routes:  See discussion of “aerial photo” and “Midtown map” below.

Potential Evaluation Criteria

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Considerations for Bicycles:
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Access to key destinations

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Travel distance (i.e., actual versus straight-line)

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Slopes

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Network connectivity

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Parking for bicycles

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Safety of routes for different types of users (e.g., children, families, casual cyclists, experienced cyclists)

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Measurable:  Percent of school children within ____ miles of their school.

 

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Walking:
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Access to key destinations

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Travel distance (i.e., actual versus straight-line)

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Slopes

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Network connectivity

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Condition of sidewalks and other walkways

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ADA compliance (e.g., sidewalk widths, intersection ramp design, etc.)

 

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Measurable:  Percent of roadways with sidewalks.

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Measurable:  Percent of intersections that are ADA compliant

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Measurable:  Percent of roadways in “full-time” residential areas with sidewalks

C. A friendly, convenient village-scale transit service that moves residents and visitors within town and to surrounding communities.

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Several different ways of providing service were discussed:
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Fixed Route – usually operates on fixed schedule and stops at fixed locations.

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Demand Response – Flexible service, also call dial-a-ride.  Often provided for the benefit of users with special mobility needs (elderly, people in wheelchairs, sight impaired, etc.).

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Hybrid Service Types – Deviated fixed route, point-deviated route, service route.

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Interest in transit service to:
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Eastern NM University

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Senior housing and destinations (shopping, doctor, etc.)

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Midtown area

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Lodges/ visitor destinations

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Casino and Racetrack

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Schools

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Outlying areas (for service workers who commute to village)

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Need for park-and-ride facilities (both within and outside of village)

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Fluctuating demand through the year is a challenge to operating transit in Ruidoso.

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Identification of key trip destinations is helpful in transit route planning and location of pedestrian and bicycle improvements.

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Key trip destinations identified by the workshop participants include:
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Hospital

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Doctors offices

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Midtown

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Uptown

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Banks

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Grocery stores (3)

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Movie Theater

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Walmart (new)

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Walmart (old site)

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Restaurants

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Village Hall

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Library

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Police Station

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Schools
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Elementary Schools

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Middle Schools

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High School

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Post Office

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Public parking lots (4) – labeled with “P”.

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Senor Centers (2)
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Convalescent care senior home (50 residents) - Grindstone area.

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Assisted Living

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Churches (Baptist, etc.)

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Lodges

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Casino

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Inn of the Mountain Gods

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Race Track

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Convention Center

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Golf Courses (3?)
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Cree Meadows Country Club house.

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Bowling Alley

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Spencer Theater

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Ski Area

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Not mentioned by workshop participants, but also probably important:
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Airport

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Hubbard Museum of the West

Potential Evaluation Criteria

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Transit:
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Access to key destinations (i.e., locations of routes and stops; access to stops via pedestrian and bicycle paths).

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Travel time between origins and destinations

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Frequency of service

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Span of service (e.g., 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM)

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Days of operation

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Seasonal variations in demand for service

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Measurable:  Percent of bus stops that are accessible along safe walk route

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Consider both transit and school buses

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Measurable:  Percent of lodge rooms within ¼ mile safe walk of a bus stop.

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Measurable:  Percent of full-year residents within ¼ safe walk of a bus stop.

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Measurable:  Percent of retail/ commercial square footage within ¼ safe walk of a bus stop.

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Measurable:  Percent of residents, lodge rooms, etc.  within ___ minutes travel time of midtown.

D.  A well-designed, safe road network that accommodates all users.

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