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Suggested zoning amendments to go before elected officials

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A proposed change regarding how some cases in industrial zones in the area are handled received a favorable recommendation by the Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Commission Tuesday.

The Chaves County Planning and Zoning Commission also approved the proposed amendment at its June 5 meeting.

The matters are now heard at public hearings of the Chaves County Board of Commissioners and the ETZ Authority, with elected officials required to vote for zoning ordinance changes to be final. The ETZ has jurisdiction over county property within a few miles of the city limits.

The amendments to ETZ Ordinance 80-1 and Chaves County Ordinance No. 7 would allow the Chaves County planning director to make decisions regarding changes in the use of properties when the changes would have an equal or lesser impact on nearby property owners or public entities as previously approved uses.

According to county staff, the change is meant to reduce the need for elected officials or appointed commission members to be involved in minor matters.

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