The defunct College of Santa Fe campus is just one of many examples of why we need fresh ideas and new leadership. This 60-acre property is owned by the city and costs taxpayers millions of dollars a year in carrying costs. For over 5 years it has sat, wasting away and we have no plan in place and no apparent urgency to do anything.

As city councilor I will immediately propose that we retain a qualified consultant, one recognized by the Urban Land Institute, to guide stakeholders through a design charrette and complete a plan that can be put out to developers for proposals. The proposals will be vetted and once a proposal has been agreed too, we hand the project over to the developer. Invariably there will be disagreements, but I believe that at the heart of every disagreement is the opportunity for positive change. Projects like this can take over a decade to complete so time is of the essence and every day that passes is money and opportunity wasted.

When it comes to growth and development, the question is not will we grow or not grow. The question is will we control the growth or will it control us. Having a mindful, terrain-based, and environmentally focused development plan is how we are going to control growth, prevent sprawl, and retain our unique character for future generations. Immediately upon becoming city counselor, I will engage leadership to develop a plan, in broad daylight, with all stakeholders at the table. As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”


Please contact:

Gary Cascio
Late Nite Grafix, Inc.
505 690-0542