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June 22, 2017

Beginning with the  July 2017 issue, Eldorado Vistas will be delivered to residents'  mailboxes 7 to 10 days after the first of the month. This change (from delivery by the first of the month) is to accommodate news from the ECIA Board's meeting, which has been changed to the first Monday after the third Wednesday of the month, a week later than the previous Board's meetings. 

Beginning with the July issue, Vistas will be printed in full color!

The online version of Vistas will still be posted before or on the first of the month. If you would like to receive the online version, please sign up with Gloria at the ECIA office. You will need to provide your email address as well as the mailing address where you are currently receiving the Vistas.


June 22, 2017

Here is a list of events planned for our July 4 celebration:

June 1 2017

The Fourth Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Eldorado Community Association state that every two years The Election Committee shall conduct a review of the Bylaws in advance of the Annual Meeting of the Members. The Bylaws were amended in 2016 and a review will begin in June of 2017.  All Members have the opportunity to send comments for consideration.  Members should send comments to bylawsreview18@gmail.com.  Comments will be accepted until August 8, 2017.

Election Committee

June 1 2017

The Santa Fe County Road Department has begun applying a maintenance treatment of asphalt millings

to certain roads in Eldorado. These millings are reclaimed ground up asphalt from other road

improvement projects, and will improve the road surface like the application of gravel or base course

does. Work started in early May and is expected to continue throughout the spring and summer.

May 24 2017

Volunteers are needed to serve on all committees.  If you would like to help the Eldorado Community by volunteering, please contact the ECIA office at 505-466-4248.

May 16 2017

The deadline for all Architecture Plan Submissions for the July 11th Architecture Meeting has been moved up to noon on June 28th, due to the 4th of July Holidays.  

April 21, 2017

Resident Claudia Daigle is seeking to continue her lawsuit against the ECIA relating to ground-based solar arrays and other permanent structures. She originally filed a motion requesting reconsideration of the District Court’s decision. But, on March 13, 2017, Judge Sandra M. Singleton, issued an order denying Ms. Daigle's request for Finding of Fact and Conclusions of Law. At the same time, Judge Singleton, ordered Ms. Daigle to pay attorney’s fees, calling her efforts a misuse of the judicial system. The judge also gave Ms. Daigle until March 24 to appeal her case to the New Mexico Court of Appeals. On that day, Ms. Daigle did file an appeal. According to ECIA legal council, Ms. Daigle will have to pay for court transcriptions of the record and will also have to file a docketing statement within 30 days of her notice of appeal. It appears likely that the appellate court would issue a notice of proposed disposition within about three to four months later, which would be sometime between late June and late July.

January 7 2016

In an effort to make the submission of Architectural Plans and Variances requests easier, the ECIA Architecture Committee has worked to develop forms for these submissions and make them available on this site. The forms may be found under the menu Resident Resources>>Forms & Applications. Or at these links:



We ask that any residents who complete these forms be sure that they are complete when submitted or they cannot be processed.

If you have any questions at all please contact Mark at the ECIA at 466-4248 or e-mail him at mark@eldoradosf.org


Water wise and drought tolerant plant material for planting and soft-scaping and screening.

Apache Plume

Height:  3 to 5 feet                 Spread:  2 to 6 feet

Soil type:  Well draining soil, no clay

Exposure:  Full sun

Water Very drought tolerant

Look:  Soft, airy, lacy, not dense

General:  Growth controlled by water, do not over water

Gray Rabbitbush, Chamisa

Height:  2 to 6 feet                 Spread:  2 to 4 feet

Soil type:  Well draining, alkaline

Exposure:  Sunny

Look:  A dense look

General:  Fast growing

Fourwing Saltbush, Chamiso

Height:  1 to 6 feet                 Spread:  4 to 8 feet

Soil type:  Tolerates saline, alkaline soils, very dry soil

Exposure:  Full sun

Look:  A dense look, round or mounded shapes

General:  Fast growing

Curl-Leaf Mountain Mahogany

Height:  4 to 15 feet               Spread:  4 to 8 feet

Soil:  Gravelly, rocky, well draining

Exposure:  Full sun to some shade

Look:  Not dense but full growth

General:  Slow to moderate growth

Non-Native  Butterfly Bush

Height:  3 to 12 feet               Spread:  5 to 12 feet

Soil type:  Well draining soil

Exposure:  Full sun, some shade

Look:  A dense look, round or mounded shapes

General:  Fast growing

Non-Native  Russian Sage

Height:  3 to 5 feet                 Spread:  3 to 4 feet

Soil type:  Average soil, good drainage

Exposure:  Full sun

Look:  A dense look, round or mounded shapes

General:  Fast growing

Large Screening Material

Desert Olive, New Mexico Privet

Height:  Low to 15 feet                   Spread:  8 to 10 feet

Soil type:  Found wild in sand, loam, clay and lava

Exposure:  Open sun

Look:  A dense look, deciduous in winter, multiple trunks

General:  Fast growing at start and with water

Oneseed Juniper

Height:  8 to 15 feet               Spread:  9 to 12 feet

Soil type:  Tolerates dry very dry soil well draining

Exposure:  Full sun

Look:  A dense look

General:  Not a fast grower, needs water to establish

Pinyon Pine or Piñon Pine

Height:  15 to 20 feet             Spread:  15 to 20 feet

Soil type:  Dry to very dry soil, well draining

Exposure:  Full sun

Look:  A dense look, well shaped when mature

General:  Not a fast grower, needs water to establish

Plant Material Not Recommended

          This material has shown up on many community lists as do not plant material. Some of the reasons listed are, non-native, water intensive, and very invasive in local habitats.

                   Russian Olive

                   Salt Cedar or Tamarisk

                   Chinese Elm

Siberian Elm


Reference Material

Xeriscape Plant Material,  by Denver Water

Native Gardening in Northern New Mexico,  by Native Plant Society of New Mexico

Southwestern Landscaping with Native Plants,  by Judith Phillips

New Mexico Gardener’s Guide,  by Judith Phillips

March 2, 2015

Santa Fe County is initiating a process in the US 285 South Highway Corridor Plan Area to update our community plan, and develop appropriate zoning and regulations. Planning meetings are scheduled as follows:

Tuesdays 4-6 PM at the Eldorado Senior Center, 16 Avenida Torreon

March 3, 17, 31; April 14; May 5, 19