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Local water district gets rezone for new offices

The Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District is planning a new office and shop building just to the west of their current office building at 2303 E. Second St. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District has taken another step toward building a new office and shop structure on its property on East Second Street.

The district’s request for a rezone for 2305 E. Second St., just to the west of the parcel where its current offices are located, was approved Tuesday night by five members of the Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Commission.

The rezone changes the designation from rural-suburban to O-1, or professional office.

According to Chaves County Planning and Zoning Director Louis Jaramillo, the county and the engineer for the project discovered during initial talks that the land was not zoned for an office building.

Jaramillo said the existing office facility at 2303 E. Second St. is considered a legal, non-conforming structure, and a rezone could occur at some point in the future.

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The Conservancy District expects to erect a metal building that would have offices in front and the shop in the back, according to Superintendent Aron Balok.

“As our crew has grown and our equipment has improved, the need has become greater for new shop facilities,” he said. “The office is not horrible. I am not saying it is a dump, but it is old. There are some things that go along with that. Every time the heater goes on, it blows dust out of the ceiling and things like that. So the logic was that, if we are going to build a new structure, that we try to do it all at once and build in those features that we have been working around with the limited facility we have.”

Balok said the design-build has been done by Waide Construction Co. Once engineering has been completed and the costs are known, the district board of directors will be asked to approve building the project.

The existing office building will be used for a library, records storage and offices, Balok said.

The PVACD works to conserve and manage the water for more than 100,000 business, agricultural and individual accounts in Chaves and Eddy County. It receives a portion of property taxes collected within its district. That district stretches from north of Roswell to around the Brantley Dam area near Carlsbad.

In other action, the commission approved a special use permit to allow property at 801 S. Eisenhower Road to be used for a motorcycle and sports vehicle repair shop, provided that the property owners meet seven conditions. One condition is that they build a 6-foot, screened fence to store business-related equipment so that it is not visible to neighbors. Another stipulation is that county officials will check in six months to ensure that all conditions are met.

A planned discussion related to a solar project could not be heard. Chaves Solar 2 LLC, part of Pivot Energy of Denver, Colo., wants to develop a community solar project on West Pine Lodge Road near the Roswell Relief Route.

Jaramillo said that the county had discovered that it had missed notifying one of the nearby property owners of the matter as required. Jaramillo said the company’s special use permit request is expected to be considered at the commission’s next meeting, now scheduled for Oct. 18.

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.