Highlights from the Town of Taos Special Council Meeting 2/19/09

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Town of Taos Special Council Meeting

1) Work Session Meeting focused on proposed High Performance Building Ordinance – not acted on today – to be reworded for February 24 or March 10.

Much discussion and examination by Council has occurred, over the last several months and at today’s meeting, about affordability issues connected with this proposed ordinance.  Everyone supports conserving energy – for the environment and our pocket books – but how best does a municipality do it affordably and in a phased in fashion that let’s everyone adapt.

Particularly during these economic times, it is an issue of balancing the need to conserve energy for the benefit of all and future federal conservation mandates – with the needs of local individuals to build in a low cost manner, while also being provided effective incentives and assistance to conserve ongoing home energy use/costs.

This ordinance has come out of over a year of work by a citizens committee to develop this ordinance, which works toward meeting federally established energy and conservation ‘ratings’ for structures.  A Community Development Block Grant was received to prepare the ordinance.  The Town worked with Sage West Consultants and the referenced community Steering Committee to prepare it.

Council has asked for yet ordinance version, the next with a phased-in approach that allows a bit more time/leeway in the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) expectations.  See attached proposed ordinance that was discussed today, and will be amended again before final consideration.

Want to know more and/or get a copy of the current draft ordinance?  Contact Matt Foster, MFoster@taosgov.com, in the Town of Taos Planning Department.

Ordinance redraft may be available for a vote at the next Special Meeting, 1:30 p.m., this Tuesday, February 24.  If not, March 10th would be the next date for consideration.

2) Other item today was an approval for the “Adopting the 2030 Challenge Resolution” to be heard on March 10th.  This establishes a goal for the Town to eliminate fossil fuel energy use from new construction by the year 2030.  Again, talk to Matt Foster (see email above) for details/copy of the draft resolution.

Cathy Connelly

Public Relations Director

Town of Taos

400 Camino de la Placita

Taos, NM 87571



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