Land Use and Environmental Sustainability

Land Use and Environmental Sustainability

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos believes that our natural environment is integral to our community's unique sense of place and to our well-being and prosperity.
Position History: 

(2012)

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos believes that our natural environment is integral to our community's unique sense of place and to our well-being and prosperity.

  • We support protection of this environment, including the canyons and other open space, vistas, wildlife habitat, and dark skies.
  • We support the use of natural processes to provide services such as storm water management in the built environment for the sake of healthy ecosystems and community livability.

Further Guidelines

The LWVLA supports final review, adoption and implementation of the current draft Open Space Plan, which develops a system of designated open space to protect scenic vistas and memorable landscapes; recreational, natural and cultural resources; and significant wildlife corridors and habitats.

  • We support adoption of a Rendija Canyon master plan that reserves the transfer land for recreational uses only.
  • We support adoption of a storm water management plan that employs green infrastructure strategies, such as infiltration planters, vegetated swales, tree boxes, and rain gardens.
  • We support adding green spaces in the downtown with landscaped road edges, medians, parking lots, and pocket parks.
  • We support limiting the use of herbicides in open space areas, as well as along roadsides where mowing and planting native grasses can be as effective.
  • We support a policy of zero increase in run-off beyond the natural rate forcommercial and private property.
  • We support implementation of all goals in the Protect the Environment section of the LAC Comprehensive Plan adopted by the Council in 2005.

Execution of the actions suggested in Further Guidelines will improve the quality of our air and water.

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