Early 1900’s – the family acquired the property
1966 -1969 Rodeo De Taos
1969-1988 - Cattle Ranch and vegetable farm
1988 No activity
1999 Attempted to develop the property with Super Walmart
2010 Resumed Agriculture
The land use on this property has historically been agricultural. In 1999, the property was re-zoned for heavy commercial development so that the property could be commercially developed with Super Walmart and Lowes. The attempt to develop the property was ultimately unsuccessful. After many family discussions, in 2010 it was decided that the best use of the land would be to return the property to its original agricultural use. In 2014, the Town of Taos approved a re-zone of the property from C-1 and C-2 (commercial) to RA-20 (residential – agricultural). During that process, the Cunnynghams were able to prove that this change of land use fit into the town of Taos master plan in several ways. The first three town goals are consistent with Taos Village Farm objectives.
First, by returning the land to its historic use, we help protect and preserve the historic character of the Taos Valley. We have mowed the pastures to eradicate the sage brush in order to bring back some of the beautiful native grass pasturelands. This protects and enhances the natural resources, unique landscape and historic character of the Taos Valley vegetation.
Second, Taos quality of life is maintained by preserving and enhancing our cherished agricultural lands. Since this land was residential / agricultural before July 2002, restoring it back to this use is, in effect, preserving our “cherished open spaces and agricultural lands” in order that “Taos quality of life is maintained”.
Third, The Taos economy is diverse, self-sustaining, and provides rewarding jobs. Producing diverse products for local and regional markets and creating rewarding jobs will support the Economic Development of Taos. Also, because Agriculture is noted as a focus area in the 2013 Taos Economic Development Action Plan, RA-20 is appropriate for this economic plan as well.