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Council to consider changes to city code

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Some changes to city codes affecting the Roswell Air Center and the airport have been approved by a city commission and are expected to be considered soon by the Roswell City Council.

Four members of the city of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission met Tuesday night to discuss modifying an existing article in city code having to do with definitions and adding a new article, Article 52, about airport hazards and obstructions.

They also gave initial approval to name two returning members and two new members, including a former city councilor, to the commission.

Community Development Manager Bill Morris said that the suggested changes to city code are all safety-related.

They define hazards to include structures, trees, power lines, lights, lasers and other objects that could interfere with safe flight operations. The new article will give the Air Center staff and City Council the authority to remove the obstacles and to adopt and revise a flight approach plan that would identify possible hazards and safe aerial approaches.

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With the 4-0 approval of commission members, the matter is now expected to be considered June 11 at the Roswell City Council meeting.

In other actions, the commission recommended four people to fill four-year terms with the group, which approves zoning variances and changes and provides recommendations to the City Council regarding zoning ordinances and city codes.

David Storey and Jesse McDaniel would be returning members. Steve Henderson and Paul Moore would be added to the board, replacing Kent Taylor, who has decided not to serve an additional term, and Riley Armstrong, who has served his two terms.

Henderson served on the Roswell City Council for 20 years until March, after deciding not to run for re-election. Moore was described by his application materials as a relatively new resident of Roswell but someone with prior planning and zoning board experience elsewhere.

Their names will be forwarded to Mayor Dennis Kintigh, who will select those to present to the City Council for ratification.