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ETZ looks at more zoning changes


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The Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Authority is scheduled to consider another round of changes to the ETZ Ordinance on Thursday evening.

Revisions to four articles of the zoning law are on the agenda for the meeting, now slated to be held at the Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place.

The authority — which consists of three county commissioners and two city councilors — already has approved many changes to the code this year, amending 11 articles on Sept. 17 and four on Aug. 27. Also, in March, two new articles pertaining to workforce camps and recreational vehicle parks were added.

The zoning ordinance pertains to county properties within 2 miles of the Roswell city limits.

Louis Jaramillo, Chaves County Planning and Zoning director, has said the changes are needed to comply with current state regulations, clarify meaning or update the text to reflect current situations.

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The four articles to be considered Thursday are Article 2, Administration; Article 3, Rules of Construction and Definitions; Article 4, General Provisions and Supplemental Regulations; and Article 21, Additional Height, Area and Use Requirements.

One of the changes in the Administration section would require that three of the six authority members live within the ETZ. Another would have the code enforcement officer report to the county Planning and Zoning Director.

The section on Rules of Construction and Definitions adds definitions dealing with numerous terms, such as hemp and marijuana, multigenerational housing and workforce camps.

The changes in the section on General Provisions and Supplemental Regulations include amending which state agency permits hazardous waste disposal. The section also deals with minimum lot sizes allowed in the area, but the suggested changes clarify existing regulations.

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