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August 15 2017

Applicants should have some familiarity with home design, architecture and will be work with the committee in reviewing projects for the construction, addition or remodeling of dwellings and other structures covered under the covenants and guidelines.  Usually there are two meetings per month plus occasional site visits.  For further information call Mark at the ECIA at 466-4248

August 4 2017

Dear Eldorado Community,

Thank you for a safe and fun summer here at the pool! As the opening of the Santa Fe Public Schools, August 16th, and Universities around August 21st, it is our saddest regret to inform you we are going to start extended season hours two weeks earlier than we have in the last few years. We have lifeguards who are returning to high school and some who are going to start their first year at college. The new hours are as follows:


August 21st, 2017 to September 30th:


Lap Swim: 7:30am to – 10:00am

Rec Swim: 10:00am – 2:00pm

*All 3 lap lanes will be open from 7:30am-2:00pm*


Lap Swim: 7:30am – 10:00am

Rec Swim: 10:00am – 7:00pm


Lap Swim: 8:00am – 10:00am

Rec Swim: 10:00am – 7:00pm

We thank you for your understanding as we transition from Summer Hours to Extended Season Hours. The Lifeguards invite you to attend our last movie night Friday August 11th as we watch Moana.

After we close for the season bring your dog by the pool October 1st for a dip in the pool! All dogs must be registered with the E.C.I.A to visit the dog park. More information to come in September.

Thank you,

Kelsae Pederson

Pool Manager 

July 27 2017

Currently, the ECIA pays each stable owner’s water charges, fly predator program costs, manure removal costs and property taxes out of the Association’s operational account. This operational account is funded by annual assessments paid by all Eldorado home owners to support common ECIA expenses (employee salaries, maintenance of Eldorado amenities, etc.). The ECIA then sends each stable owner a bill seeking reimbursement for the “up-front” payments made to support their equines as well as for the property taxes associated with their stables.

The ECIA Board of Directors has concluded that paying for the stable owners’ expenses out of operational funds is not a prudent fiscal practice. To remedy that problem the Board has approved a series of draft changes to the current Stable Funding Amenity Guidelines Policy. To read this draft revised Policy please click on this link.

This revised Policy would require stable owners to begin paying money up front into a fund, twice a year, which would be used to support their equines as well as pay the property taxes associated with their stables (rather than using ECIA operational funds for such purposes).  This policy change would also require the stable owners to reimburse the ECIA for the labor and machinery costs associated with the care of their animals, costs that are not currently reimbursed by the stable owners.

The ECIA Board of Directors will hold a Public Forum on August 26, 2017, at 10 am, in the ECIA Community Center Railroad Building, to hear what Eldorado residents have to say about these proposed changes to the ECIA Stable Amenity Funding Guidelines Policy. You are most welcome to attend.

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.

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