A group of Mariposa residents worry that they may lose what drew them to the neighborhood in the first place — its natural beauty.
Last month, Harvard Investments, the Arizona firm that bailed Mariposa out of a financial bind in 2014 when original developer High Desert Investment Corp. pulled out, asked the City of Rio Rancho to amend the area’s zoning designations.
Mariposa is zoned E-1 for estate residential, R-1 for low-density single-family residential, and R-4, or single-family residential mixed use, which allows for higher density. Harvard has requested that the city amend the zoning to allow 695 acres of R-4 zoning. The original plans called for 227 acres of R-4.
Terry Merkley, Mariposa resident, told the Rio Rancho Observer that she is just looking for Harvard to include some guarantees.
“As residents, we bought into a certain vision and now (Harvard Investments) is looking at ending that vision,” Merkley said. “They haven’t provided us anything in writing, no guarantees about protecting open space, protecting our existing trails or providing adequate buffers for those of us that have E-1 lots.”
Tim Brislin, vice president for Harvard Investments, said the company is complying with Mariposa’s Mariposa Master Plan.