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ETZ Authority to consider more zoning changes Thursday

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Proposed zoning changes for properties in the extraterritorial zoning region that were postponed in March are scheduled to be considered Thursday.

The Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Authority is set to meet at 6 p.m. at the Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place.

The suggested zoning changes would affect 11 articles of the Extraterritorial Zoning Ordinance, which applies to county properties within 2 miles of the Roswell City Limits. The authority members are three Chaves County commissioners — Will Cavin, Dara Dana and Robert Corn — and two Roswell city councilors, Jeanine Corn Best and Margaret Kennard.

During an Aug. 27 meeting, the ETZ Authority approved new fees regarding permits and variance applications, and also made some changes to four articles of the ordinance.

At that time, Planning and Zoning Director Louis Jaramillo said that both the city of Roswell and Chaves County agreed that the ordinance needed to be updated and that the changes would be considered over several meetings of the authority.

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In March, a large crowd that filled the meeting room and went out to the foyer had many concerns about the changes, which prompted the postponement to this fall.

The concerns included not only the process — such as notifying people far enough in advance and through methods that they often use — but also provisions that would have required connections to city water and sewer, what some considered “backdoor annexation.”

Jaramillo said that both city of Roswell and Chaves County staff intend to remove the provisions about water and sewer connections from consideration.

He also said the public was notified in many ways of both the meeting date and the suggested changes, including notices in the newspaper, on social media and on city and county websites.