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Arroyo Management Plan

The overarching purpose of the City of Las Cruces Arroyo Management Plan is to provide policy guidance to protect and actively manage the arroyos traversing the city. More specifically, the plan will help: protect arroyos/open space for the health, safety and quality of life of Las Crucens; balance the release of public lands for development with the dedication/protection of major arroyos; develop a regional approach to stormwater management; and protect essential utility installation and maintenance. Please click the links below to access various components of the draft plan.

At their public hearing on October 28, 2014, the Planning & Zoning Commission voted (5-1 with one member absent) to recommend adoption to the City Council with certain revisions. The November 12th revision of the plan contains these changes and is available below. The City Council will hear a presentation about the plan and will discuss next steps at their Work Session on June 8, 2015. The Work Session will be held at 1:00p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 700 N. Main Street.


  • Planning and Zoning Commission October 28, 2014 meeting (draft) minutes

Plan Appendices:

  • Appendix 1: Detail Maps of individual arroyos with flood control dams, dam ponding areas, and proposed trails also shown. These maps are in an 11 x 14 PDF format. (Large file)
  • Appendix 2: Planning Background lists goals and policies from other past and current City of Las Cruces planning documents that address arroyo management.
  • Appendix 3: Flood Control Dams contains detailed information on the individual flood control dams within the planning area.
  • Appendix 4: Arroyo Modeling describes how engineers determine flood zones in areas where they are not yet mapped.

For more information, contact Srijana Basnyat, AICP, CNU-A Senior Planner