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P&Z votes make way for future developments

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Lisa Dunlap Photo  An office building is planned for this vacant lot on North Missouri Avenue, directly to the west of the buildings for the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, the current property owner of the lot.

Roswell city staff and a local engineering firm say that an undisclosed group has plans to build an office building on a North Missouri Avenue property that now belongs to the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico.

As part of that process, the city of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-0 June 23 to approve the rezoning of the parcel from residential to commercial.

The property is in the 200 block of North Missouri Avenue near West Second Street and directly to the west of the land fronting North Lea Avenue where the Historical Society has its two buildings. Smith Engineering represented the prospective developers at the zoning meeting.

The Historical Society’s executive director, Amy McVay-Davis, said the organization cannot comment at this time about the plans of the prospective property owners and developers.

According to city documents, the developers plan to consolidate the newly rezoned parcel with two adjacent parcels already zoned commercial for their project. The Historical Society also owns the other land.

No objections were made to the rezoning request at the zoning meeting, and city staff said that no opposition had been received by the Planning and Zoning Department after it had notified other nearby property owners of the possible zoning change.

Bill Morris, Roswell Community Development manager, said that Planning and Zoning staff support the office development.

“This request is, I think, very compatible with the area,” he said. “It is a nice transitional use from the straight commercial that is located right along Second Street, West Second Street. It provides a buffer between that and the residential to the north. Office uses are, I think, really great because they are really, for the most part, daytime uses.”

He explained that office buildings typically attract traffic and visitors on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., when nearby homeowners are likely to be at work and not hampered by the increased activity.

In other business during the meeting, the members of the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended by two 5-0 votes to approve a preliminary plat and a final plat for a future residential subdivision just outside the city’s limits in the Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zone.

The Roswell City Council and the Chaves County Board of Commissioners will need to approve the final plans.

JMCG LLC of Roswell, a real estate investment firm with several different partners, including Michael Taylor, is planning to divide 10.5 acres at Aspen Avenue and West 27th Street into six smaller lots of about 1.5 acres to 1.9 acres to create the Aspen Estates subdivision. The investment firm also was represented by Smith Engineering during the meeting. The parcel, which previously had been a private estate, is zoned rural suburban.

The Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Commission gave its approval for the dividing up of the land on June 16.

City Planning and Zoning and Engineering staff recommended approval, and no objections were voiced at the meeting or received by staff prior to the meeting.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.