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About the Paradise Hills Special Zoning District

The Paradise Hills Special Zoning District (PHSZD) is a zoning overlay located in unincorporated Bernalillo County, New Mexico, and was created by the New Mexico State Legislature through the Special Zoning District Act. The purpose of the district is found in the Special Zoning District Act [3-21-15 to 3-21-26 NMSA 1978]. The governing Ordinance for the PHSZD was ratified in August, 1982 and authorizes the Paradise Hills Zoning Commission to review and enforce all zoning matters within the jurisdiction. Bernalillo County does not enforce or review zoning regulations for areas within the Paradise Hills Zoning District. The PHSZD Commissioners are elected for four year terms in local elections and are uncompensated community members. The PHSZD receives no federal, state, or county funds to help with the costs associated with delivering services to the Paradise Hills community.

​New Mexico State Zoning Statutes require special zoning districts, like the Paradise Hills Special Zoning District Commission to (1) review zoning applications, (2) issue permits, and (3) secure, validate and retain zoning permits decisions. New Mexico statutes are clear: "All necessary costs incurred by the zoning commission of a special zoning district in connection with official acts performed pursuant to the Special Zoning District Act [3-21-15 to 3-21-26 NMSA 1978] shall be borne by the parties in interest [property owners/contractors]." ​



Elizabeth Haley, Chair and Commissioner

Kimberley (Kym) Fleck, Secretary and Commissioner

Pete Reser, Commissioner

Val W. Vaughn, P.E., Commissioner

Abel Cardenas, Commissioner

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