Development Services


Development Services provides administrative and technical direction on the issues and projects that are relevant to the development of the City.

This includes the preparation and oversight of the department's annual budget; the preparation of agendas and provision of staff support for the Planning and Zoning Commission meetings; and the interactions with other governmental entities and businesses concerning specific planning and economic development issues.

Temporary Outdoor Seating Expansion

Eateries may apply for an expanded outdoor dining area to supplement the indoor dining area. This application is to ensure compliance with applicable safety, zoning and fire code restrictions implicated by the expanded floor plan. Application materials shall be submitted to the Planning and Zoning Division ( for review and approval. Please call (505) 891-5005 with questions. 

Eateries that possess a current liquor license may also apply to serve alcohol in the expanded outdoor dining area, by completing a New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Alcoholic Beverage Control Division application for “Temporary Change/Expansion of Liquor Licensed Premises due to COVID-19.” The application must be submitted along with the items listed in this application packet. Once local approval is obtained, the City Clerk’s Office will work with the applicant on submission to Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.

This is a temporary approval, which expires on or before October 31, 2020, and is subject to suspension or revocation for cause and subject also to all federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders. If available infrastructure is insufficient to support indoor and outdoor dining with adequate parking, or if there is a failure to follow the approved site plan, the temporary permit is subject to denial, suspension, or revocation.

Guide to Commercial Development Process

For a customized roadmap for your commercial building project, please contact Matt Geisel at 505-891-5005. Matt will guide you through the process and provide you a broad overview for what is needed to achieve a successful project.