In the matter of the Amma Center of New Mexico and Stephen and Cathryn Schmidt's application to Santa Fe County: We, the undersigned are opposed to Santa Fe County approval of the community service facility master plan/development plan for a new structure (approximately 16,000 sq ft) at 48 Stone Cabin Road, off the Old Santa Fe Trail, near the traditional community of Cañada de los Alamos. As concerned Santa Feans, New Mexicans and other concerned citizens, we foresee the following adverse consequences:
(1) A significant increase in the potential for forest fire. The proposed intensive use of this convention-sized building could quadruple the amount of people to the existing population. A forest fire in this area could quickly spread across thousands of acres, much of it populated.
(2) A radical change to this mountainous, rural, historical, multigenerational community, which would be distinctly out of character.
(3) A substantial increase in noise and traffic congestion. This traffic congestion would clog the only existing, established, fire entrance and exit route available to emergency vehicles and residents.
(4) A long-term, negative impact on the quality and quantity of the already strained local water supply.