COUNTY SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION SEATS

COUNTY SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION SEATS

Doña Ana County is seeking applications from residents interested in serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission, a seven-member board of volunteers whose members review land-use and development matters at twice-monthly public hearings.

Planning and Zoning Commission meetings generally last about three hours – from 9 a.m. to noon – and they are normally held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the Commission Chambers of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces.

Matters that historically have come before the commission include: requests for zoning variances; planned-unit development (PUD) designations; zoning changes; community district creations; subdivision reviews and approvals; appeals of staff decisions; reports to the Board of County Commissioners; and recommendations related to amendments or changes to the county’s land-use ordinance and subdivision regulations.

The Planning and Zoning Commission members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners for staggered two-year terms. Three positions are up for appointment in 2008. Incumbents who wish to remain on the board are eligible for reappointment, but they must submit applications along with other qualified applicants.

Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m., Friday, March 21, 2008. Applications will consist of a letter of interest, current resumé and three references, and should be mailed or delivered to the Doña Ana County Planning and Community Development Department, 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, N.M., 88007, Attention: Janine Divyak. Application packets also can be faxed to (505) 525-6131.

For more information, call (505) 525-6130. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 6130.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.