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New zoning fees approved in ETZ

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People living in the extraterritorial zoning or ETZ region of the county now will pay higher fees for zoning actions and permit applications.

Members of the ETZ Authority voted 4-0 Thursday night to approve the increased fees to cover staff costs for processing applications and preparing and sending required notifications to applicants, nearby property owners and ETZ Authority members.

The new fee schedule will be part of the Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Ordinance, No. 80-1. ETZ properties are county parcels that are within two miles of the Roswell city limits.

“Staff is proposing a flat fee for zone changes, rather than trying to calculate based on acreage,” said Planning and Zoning Director Louis Jaramillo, “That makes no difference. Acreage really does not affect the number of people we notify.”

Zone change application fees now will be $350. They previously had ranged from $150 to $600, depending on parcel size. Special Use Permit applications will be $300, up from $150. Administrative reviews of special use permits will still be $50. Requests for variances also will go up to $300, from $150.

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Applications for developments in two recently approved zoning designations for the ETZ — workforce camps and recreational vehicle parks — also will have a $300 fee. The annual renewal fees for those developments will be $100, with $100 penalties for late renewals.

The members of the ETZ Authority at the Thursday meeting — Chaves County Commissioners Will Cavin, Dara Dana and Robert Corn and Roswell City Councilor Jeanine Best — also approved revisions to four articles in the zoning ordinance.

The articles affected were 17 — flight zone district; 19 — outdoor advertising; 20 — area and setback requirements; and 21 — additional height, area and use regulations.

An article that was to be considered, Article 25, will be discussed at a future meeting. The next ETZ Authority meeting has been scheduled for Sept. 17 at 6 p.m., Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place.

Jaramillo said that suggested revisions to other articles of the zoning ordinance could take three or four more meetings to discuss and consider.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.