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Final ETZ zoning changes approved


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The changes to the Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Ordinance are done for a while, following a Thursday meeting of the Extraterritorial Zoning Authority.

The group consists of three county commissioners and two city councilors, but one of the city councilors did not attend the meeting. The other four members voted unanimously to accept amendments to four articles of the zoning ordinance. It also voted to approve revision #19 of the ordinance, which incorporates all the amendments and additions the authority has approved since March.

The ETZ ordinance pertains to county property within two miles of the Roswell city limits.

The changes accepted Thursday were to 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.

The changes did not elicit much discussions among authority members, nor any public opposition. But a resident did ask questions about what types of structures require building permits and whether all structures on a property had to be built within a certain timeframe, with Chaves County Planning and Zoning Director Louis Jaramillo saying that staff typically ask that property owners outline their entire development plans for property when they obtain their first building permits.

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Jaramillo has said that all the changes were needed to clarify meanings, comply with current state regulations and respond to current county situations. The revisions include the additions of two new articles dealing with workforce camps and recreational vehicle parks and amendments to 18 existing articles.

A meeting in March had attracted many angry people who said that suggested provisions that would require city water connections for homes on properties of less than 5 acres amounted to “backdoor annexations.” Those provisions were struck from consideration and did not become part of the revised ordinance.

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