PUBLIC MEETINGS HELD TO SHAPE LAS CRUCES’ ETZ COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

PUBLIC MEETINGS HELD TO SHAPE LAS CRUCES’ ETZ COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

The second of four public meetings designed to gather input about the future of the five-mile perimeter around Las Cruces known as the Extra Territorial Zone (ETZ) will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Clyde Tombaugh Elementary School.

Since 1989, the City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County have co-governed the ETZ in an attempt to oversee development and coordinate planning, zoning and subdivision regulations. Working together through an appointed commission, the two entities review special-use permits, zone changes, subdivision proposals, master plans and other matters of large-scale interest in the ETZ.

The first of the four scheduled public meetings was held Oct. 12 at Oñate High School and drew a crowd of about 25 to discuss issues ranging from the protection of agricultural land, historical sites and sensitive environmental areas to water conservation, industrial development and infrastructure needs.

Based on public input at the four meetings, a comprehensive plan for the ETZ will be developed by both the City and County that will guide procedural and zoning decisions in the future.

Other meetings scheduled for the planning process related to the ETZ Comprehensive Plan are: Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Doña Ana Village Community Center and Monday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at Fairacres Elementary School.

Although each meeting is designed to encourage and attract participation from the particular geographic region in which it is being held, the public is invited to any of the meetings.

For more information, call the Doña Ana County Community Development Office at (505) 647-7237.