AUGUST 28, 2006

 The meeting was called to order promptly at 1:00 with all Councilors present. Mayor Mattiace then left for an important meeting, and Mayor-Pro-Tem Connor took over. This City Council meeting was devoted to land use items.

 The first item on the agenda was a rezoning for a parcel of land off Stern Road, on Agave Drive. The developer originally wanted to make 23 lots out of the piece of land, but, following meetings with the neighbors, scaled down his plan to subdivide into 16 lots. Some neighbors were there to comment, but the ordinance passed unanimously.

 The next three items had to do with a further addition to a very large subdivision on the East Mesa, near Las Colinas. The action this week was an annexation of the last piece of land needed for a large subdivision. At the time of the annexation of the larger parcel, this parcel was unable to be included. But now, it is officially part of the larger plan. The developer's staff showed and described some of the plans for the area. It will be planned for multiple uses, including several parks, some trails, commercial areas, some affordable housing and other mixed uses. The construction of several new roads is included. There will probably be one major, regional park which will include a local landmark called the Chandler Tank. The annexation, zoning and master plan for the development were approved with Ken Miyagishima voting no on all three.

 Also on the agenda was approval for a change in zoning within a flood control area, where there were assurances that the water drainage was adequately taken care of.

 Thee was also an appeal of a decision by planning and zoning for a variance to set back requirements on a lot in the Mesquite Historical District. The councilors approved it unanimously.

Marnie Leverett

LWV of Greater Las Cruces