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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON AND GENERAL SUMMARY OF SANTA FE COUNTY ORDINANCE No. 2021-___ "AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE SUSTAINABLE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, ORDINANCE NO. 2016-9, TO AMEND AND RESTATE SECTION 7.2 TO INCLUDE THE LATEST ADOPTED CODES AND TO AMEND AND RESTATE SECTION 7.14 CONCERNING ENERGY EFFICIENCY TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, REQUIRE NEW STRUCTURES TO COMPLY WITH SPECIFIED PATHWAYS IN THE 2018 NEW MEXICO RESIDENTIAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE AND 2018 NEW MEXICO COMMERCIAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE AND REMOVES THE WHOLE-HOUSE MECHANICAL VENTILATION REQUIREMENT FOR RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES". Notice is hereby given that the Santa Fe County Planning Commission (Planning Commission) and Board of County Commissioners (BCC) of Santa Fe County (County) will conduct public hearings on the above-titled ordinance (Proposed Ordinance). The Planning Commission public hearing will be held no earlier than 4:00 p.m. on February 18, 2021. The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the BCC concerning the Proposed Ordinance prior to the BCC public hearing. The BCC public hearing will be held no earlier than 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2021. Both public hearings will be held virtually. Members of the public can listen and participate in the virtual public hearings via Webex, either by telephone or the internet. The final agenda for the Planning Commission and BCC meetings and the County's website (https://www.santafecountynm.gov/) will have details about how the public can join the meeting by telephone and the internet. General Summary of Proposed Ordinance. The Proposed Ordinance would amend the Santa Fe County Sustainable Land Development Code (SLDC), Ordinance No. 2016-9, to amend and restate Section 7.2 (Fire and Building Codes) and Section 7.14 (Energy Efficiency). The Proposed Ordinance would amend Section 7.2 (Fire and Building Codes) to reference the current versions of applicable building and fire codes. The Proposed Ordinance would amend Section 7.14 (Energy Efficiency) to require new structures to follow specified pathways or approaches under the 2018 New Mexico Residential Energy Conservation Code and 2018 New Mexico Commercial Energy Conservation Code. Specifically, except accessory buildings, modular homes, and manufactured homes, each new structure or portion thereof to which the 2018 New Mexico Residential Energy Conservation Code applies would be required to comply with the energy rating index approach, 14.7.6.12(A)(3) NMAC. And each new structure or portion thereof to which the 2018 New Mexico Commercial Energy Conservation Code applies would be required to comply with ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1, Section C401.2(1) of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code. In addition, the Proposed Ordinance would eliminate the whole-house mechanical ventilation requirement for residential structures currently required by the SLDC. Public Hearings and Submission of Written Comments. All interested parties will be heard at the public hearings. Written comments, questions, and objections regarding the Proposed Ordinance may also be submitted to the Growth Management Department, addressed to P.O. Box 276, Santa Fe, NM 87504-0276, by email to rgriego@santafecountynm.gov, or presented in person at the hearing. Written comments submitted in advance of the public hearings must be received in the Growth Management Department before February 16, 2021, to be considered by the Planning Commission and before March 5, 2021, to be considered by the BCC. Possible BCC Action on March 9, 2021. After the public hearing on March 9, 2021, the BCC may adopt the Proposed Ordinance, with or without changes, vote not to adopt the Proposed Ordinance, recess the public meeting in accordance with the Open Meetings Act, or postpone the public hearing or delay action on the Proposed Ordinance until a future meeting of the BCC. Further newspaper publication of a recessed meeting or postponed hearing or action is not legally required. Interested parties not in attendance at or watching the March 9, 2021, public hearing where recessing or postponement might be announced should thus inquire of the County as to whether the BCC took action to recess or postpone. Copies of the Proposed Ordinance. Copies of the Proposed Ordinance are available for inspection and copying in the Santa Fe County Clerk's Office, located at 100 Catron Street, Santa Fe NM, 87501. The Proposed Ordinance is also available at the County's website, www.santafecountynm.gov. Journal: February 12, 22, March 1, 2021 Left-red    Print Legal   Email-red   Published on: Mon February 22, 2021