386 W. Rio
Communities Blvd.

P.O. Box 8
Belen, NM 87002
(505) 864-6654
fax (505) 864-2826

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Our Goals & Objectives

Overall Strategy

Our mission:  To foster and promote the orderly development of our community.

  • Promote the development of attractive, affordable, well-constructed and environmentally sound residential communities
  • Promote economic development in our communities
  • Carry out VIA Functions with available resources


1. Market enough developed building lots to support VIA programs;

2. Efficiently utilize VIA financial and staff resources; reduce VIA's financial risks and level of indebtedness; and, maintain VIA's flexibility to react and respond to changes in markets or new opportunities and constraints;

3. Vigorously insist on quality community development. Anything else, anything less, denies VIA's responsibility to the community. VIA's success benefits all of the community.

Transportation/ Access

Although VIA cannot do the job of the State or County, it can and does attempt to influence decisions on highways, bridges and access roads. VIA's goal is to provide and maintain, with state and county assistance, a balanced transportation system and network that meets the access and circulation needs of the region.  VIA has lobbied for funds to widen the major north-south link between Rio Communities and Los Lunas, and the major east-west link between Belen and Rio Communities; and, has worked with planners on the extension of the Manzano Expressway and the development of a river crossing linking I-25 to HWY 47 and the east mesa.


1. Assist corridor study for a river crossing linking I-25 to the east mesa.

2. Assist County and planners to further extend the Manzano Expressway.

3. Assist County staff and state and federal agencies to develop bicycle and pedestrian paths linking Tomé Hill to area schools, UNM-VC, Las Maravillas and Pasitos del Cielo and Comanche Springs.

4. Encourage regional mass transit studies.

Community Services

Work with Valencia County and the State to provide facilities, services and programs for public safety, fire protection and social services. VIA has donated land for the Las Maravillas fire substation, and has worked with Neighborhood Watch, the Sheriff's Reserves and Volunteer Fire Department on the acquisition of equipment.


1. Assist County on updating its Comprehensive Plan, which will provide a blueprint for addressing fast-growing Valencia County's growth policy needs.

2. Respond to community needs.

Economic Development

Neighborhoods need jobs. VIA's goal is to expand the light industrial base and complement it with commercial development and the development of tourism.


1.  Support Economic Development in Valencia County, as well as Albuquerque Economic Development.

2.  Develop programs that utilize Valencia County's history, heritage and cultural sites as tourist attractions. 

Membership Services

VIA must serve the growing information needs of resident and non-resident members, and property owners; give members a voice before state and local bodies; support the Architectural Control Committee for resident members. 

VIA has fought to correct improper zoning designations in Canyon del Rio, to stop the routing of heavily loaded gravel trucks close to Las Maravillas, to curtail trespass cattle from overgrazing land owned by the Association and its members, and to educate resident and non-resident members about issues that concern them and the future of their community. 


1.  Support the Architectural Control Committee.

2.  Ensure that members get up-to-date info through the newsletter, the web site, and public meetings.



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