Developers push to meet housing needs

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Argen Duncan The Portales area has seen new development in six subdivisions in the last 13 months, a large number for the city, the planning and zoning director said. Since November 2009, Portales Planning and Zoning Director Sammy Standefer said four new subdivisions have been approved and two have begun a new phase of development. […]

Meetings watch: City council approves zoning for proposed subdivision

PNT staff During the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, councilors: • approved a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance for zoning classification for the new Prairie Walk Subdivision. The plan is for four four-unit townhouses, a total of 16 homes, on 2.1 acres of land south of the city Recreation Complex […]

Council OKs public hearing on zoning change

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Portales City Council is set to consider a request that would allow a barbecue restaurant to open in a residential area near Portales High School. At their meeting Tuesday, councilors voted to schedule a public hearing on a request to change the zoning at 1309 E. Amazon St. […]

Proposed restaurant to appeal zoning decision

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales City Councilors will hear an appeal of a zone change for a proposed restaurant at their meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Glen Johnson of J-4 Barbecue is appealing a denial of his and his partners’ request to change the zoning of a piece of property at 1309 […]

Council approves zoning for Downtown Master Plan

Thomas Garcia The Portales City Council moved one step closer to revamping downtown as they adopted an ordnance approving the zoning district for the Downtown Master Plan. The Master Plan, approved June 17, has designated character zones which include shopfronts, live-work, urban residential and mixed use. “Adoption of this ordinance puts in place and enforces […]

Downtown master plan to be unveiled

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer A master plan for downtown Portales will be discussed during a public meeting from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building. The plan is the result of a public planning process held last fall. The goal of the plan is to develop a more livable, walkable downtown, said City […]

Talk of extraterritorial zoning dominates meeting

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Roosevelt County Commissioners heard a report from Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. on extraterritorial zoning. Ortega said growth in outlying areas and conflicts like odors and insect control prompted him to begin exploring the process. Ortega said a preliminary meeting to learn how extraterritorial zoning might benefit citizens included […]

Extraterritorial zoning on burner

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It was the “elephant in the living room” during a recent flap involving the state permitting of a dairy sewer lagoon near Portales. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. called it by name — extraterritorial zoning — at the end of Tuesday’s regular city council meeting. Ortega told councilors he […]

Commission discusses, stops short of action, on dairy zoning

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners briefly discussed zoning that could allow for control of where dairies and other businesses locate to mitigate nuisances such as odor and insects. They quickly backed away from the issue during their regular meeting Tuesday. The issue has come to light recently with the aid of […]

Foul odor concerns neighbors

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Zoning and nuisance issues dominated Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. County residents Butch and Tommy Allen raised concerns about a neighbor who has moved in approximately 80 calf hutches on adjoining property near their home just west of the city limits. Not only are the hutches […]

Downtown street lights on the way

By Tony Parra New street lights down the sidewalk off of First Street in front of Portales City Hall and extending past the Doerr and Knudson attorney offices are in the near future for Portales. Jeremy Sturm, economic development director for the city, said during Tuesday’s city council meeting that light posts have been ordered […]

Land dispute settled at city council meeting

By Tony Parra More than a year-and-a-half after their initial request for a zoning change was denied, Victor and Linda Baca were able to get approval for the Seal Addition Subdivision Development property in Tuesday’s city council meeting. The Bacas’ property is located off of University Drive, across for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball […]

Arnold wants to deal with dispute in public setting

By Mike Linn Municipal Judge Fred Arnold told the Portales City Council on Tuesday that he wants to discuss the reasons why police officers refuse to file cases in his court. The elected judge said he would like to try and discuss the situation at a public hearing, which could take place in June. A […]