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Flying J submits new application after initial speed bump

SANTA FE — A new application for a Flying J truck stop at Interstate 25 and Cerrillos Road just outside of Santa Fe — which already has attracted strong opposition from area residents — was resubmitted Thursday after county officials initially rejected an earlier version.

Santa Fe consultant Jim Siebert first turned in an application for the Flying J on July 28 after a final public notice meeting last month. The application was rejected, bringing the truck stop plans to a standstill, after Siebert’s firm and the county’s land use office disagreed on whether certain details were required.

County spokeswoman Kristine Mihelcic said in an email Thursday that for the conditional use permit that Siebert’s firm is requesting, more information was needed on such issues as site access, water and sewer lines and a water budget, traffic circulation, outside lighting and plans for a cistern.

Mihelcic said county land use Director Penny Ellis-Green now will review the latest application within 14 days to determine if it’s complete. The review period could be extended an additional 10 days if needed.

Siebert on Tuesday said he didn’t think the county’s Sustainable Land Development Code called for specific off-site plans and “profiles” that the county wanted. Subsequent messages to Siebert were not returned as of Friday.

The Flying J plans were also stalled in June after residents from Rancho Viejo and other nearby neighborhoods walked out of and effectively broke up a required public meeting, citing concerns about pollution, traffic and possible increases in crime. A subsequent meeting fulfilled the notice requirement.