Meetings Watch: Planning and Zoning Commission

The Clovis City Planning and Zoning Commission met Wednesday at the Bert Cabiness City Government Center. All matters approved will be on the agenda for approval in the June 19 City Commission meeting.

• Following debate, commissioners voted 6-0 to recommend rezoning a 15-acre section of Raintree Estates by the intersection of Norris Street and Llano Estacado Boulevard.

Developer Chad Lydick said the plan was to always treat the section separately from the rest of Raintree’s residential areas, but approval was needed when the time to develop came.

The plan, Lydick said, is to allow for a section of townhouses, offices for commercial use and two-story units to shield the townhouses from view of the commercial properties.

Lydick was asked if the development would hamper efforts to turn Norris into a four-lane road north of Llano Estacado. City Manager Joe Thomas said the widening of Norris is a top priority, but it would be unfair to assume the projects would coincide.

Janice Cross, who lives on Glenfield Drive, said the development would increase traffic in front of her home, create more drainage issues and lower property values for her and her neighbors.

“We’ve put a lot of money, time and effort into our home,” Cross said. “If I were to sell my home, I’m going to take a beating or I’m not going to be able to sell it.”

Jerry Cass of Town and Country Homes, which is helping finance Raintree, said property values were likely to increase due to the proximity to potential incoming businesses (grocery stores, restaurants, etc.). Cross disagreed, noting the area already has high traffic due to 801 Housing.

• Commissioners voted 6-0 to recommend allowing Martin Lopez to build a carport at his home on 221 Redwood Street.

• Commissioners voted 6-0 to recommend a replat of Lot 12 of the Hardwick Addition, located behind the Roden-Smith pharmacy off of North Prince Street. The plan was approved by the City Commission contingent on small changes, including the addition of at least one fire hydrant and two dumpsters.