Two Wilson & Company service units together submitted an award nomination to the New Mexico chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NM) for the Village of Columbus Economic, Land Use, and Infrastructure (ELI) Plan. Vanessa Spartan (TRN) worked closely with Mario Juarez-Infante (MSD) and Mayor Philip Skinner of the Village of Columbus to complete this plan. The ELI Plan was one of three awarded projects in New Mexico for the “Innovations in Planning” category.
Wilson & Company worked with the Village to use the ELI Plan as an update to the Village’s 2012 Comprehensive Plan, and to provide a framework for long-term sustainable community development and local job growth. The plan addresses the potential effects of an expanded Land Port of Entry (LPOE) and its related improvement projects. Specific attention was focused on the development of a 900-acre area associated with flood control plans surrounding the new LPOE in the southern portion of the Village. The Village recognizes the LPOE expansion as the catalyst for local infrastructure improvements and economic development opportunities.
The ELI Plan is a map for future improvements within the Village, setting the stage for realistic sustainable economic growth.
Dan Aguirre attended the luncheon with Mayor Skinner. This is a fantastic award for Wilson & Company in itself, but also for the Wilson & Company planning group! We hope it will bolster our planning collaboration efforts firm-wide and across service units.