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County staff recommend having zoning ordinances for public lands

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"I consider it a level playing field," says Chaves County Planning and Zoning Director Marlin Johnson, shown at an August Board of Commissioners meeting, about a suggested amendment that would remove public lands' exemptions to county zoning ordinances. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Some Chaves County leaders want to change zoning ordinances so that public land agencies would be required to comply with zoning rules for infrastructure or construction projects just as private land owners are now.