Commission OKs plans for two subdivisions

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Clovis City Commissioners approved plans Thursday for two subdivisions containing 170 houses just north of the city limits.

The two housing subdivisions are in the city’s northern extra-territorial zone and have to comply with the city’s subdivision standards, according to Building Safety Director Pete Wilt.

According to city plans, The Wildwood Estates, which is owned by B&T Farms, is located near Ned Houk Park and will build 146 houses between on two- and 3.5-acre plots.

Strebeck Ranches-owned Mariposa Subdivision has plans for 24 lots about three miles north of the city limits, according to city plans.

The lots range from two to three acres.

Wilt said the county will provide road maintenance and the subdivisions will not receive city services such as garbage pickups.

“They’ll have to take the responsibility to contract that out,” he said.

Wilt said the subdivisions will need to have county approval before starting construction.

In other business, commissioners:

—Assigned the Water Policy Advisory Board to investigate the feasibility of a proposed wind farm project in the city. Mayor Pro Tem Randy Crowder said building a farm with three wind generators could produce enough electricity to power the city and sell the excess to power companies. He said current estimates for a 1.5 megawatt wind generator would be about $1.5 million.

Commissioner Fred Van Solen said the commission should create another board for the purpose of overseeing it if it’s determined a wind farm is a possible project.

Crowder said the city could obtain grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pay for at least 25 percent of the project.

—Approved a modification of the agreement between the city and the Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex to allow for year-round operation of a motorcycle track without an annual review by the Commission.

According to the current agreement, the track only allows for motorcycles. Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex manager Randy Bloomer asked the commissioners to consider letting all terrain vehicle riders use the track.

City Attorney David Richard said the Commission may choose to change the agreement to allow all terrain vehicles. Crowder said Bloomer should go through the Ned Houk Park Board to put the issue of allowing all terrain vehicles on the City Commission’s next agenda.