Opponents say affordable housing plan unnecessary

Sharna Johnson Voter defeat of an Affordable Housing Ordinance city officials say was designed to create incentives for private industry to develop housing for low-income residents doesn’t mean housing won’t be built, according to opponents of the measure. Semi-retired banker Darrel Nance said if government gets out of the way and the demand exists, private […]

Affordable Housing Plan defeated

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Brad Heath of Clovis signs in to vote at Precinct 18 while precinct clerk Pat Moody assists at Zia Elementary School during the affordable housing referendum Tuesday. Heath brought along his son, Brad Heath, 8, to provide him a lesson on his civic duty to vote. Sharna Johnson The mood […]

Affordable Housing Plan election Tuesday

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Hotel Clovis in downtown Clovis is the center of today’s special election regarding affordable housing. Kevin Wilson Voters head to the polls today to decide the fate of an affordable housing plan for the city. The plan allows an exception to the state’s anti-donation clause for the purpose of […]

Affordable housing plan goes to vote Tuesday

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Sharna Johnson When Clovis voters head to the polls Tuesday, they will decide whether to • give the city authority to reduce private developers’ permitting fees; • donate city-owned property to private developers; • give grants and loans to develop city-owned property in the downtown area; • give grants for weatherization and rehabilitation of privately […]

Monday morning briefing: Last chance, affordable housing and Dylan dismays

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Last chance The Portales Public Library Summer Reading Program ends this week for both children and young adults. An end-of-the-program party for all participants is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Library. The party includes prizes. The final events of the programs, movies […]

Affordable Housing Plan meetings begin Monday

Kevin Wilson The debate on the city’s affordable housing plan — to be decided in an Aug. 2 special election — is hitting every district of the city. City officials are pushing a citywide town hall, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, and five follow-up “neighborhood meetings” […]

Five meetings scheduled on affordable housing plan

CNJ staff The city of Clovis has scheduled five neighborhood meetings to present the Affordable Housing Plan and Ordinance, and answer questions regarding implementation of the plan. The city had previously scheduled a citywide town hall 6 p.m. Monday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. A representative from the New Mexico Mortgage […]

Consider other options for hotel

Recently there has been a great deal of discussion regarding the Affordable Housing ordinance/plan passed by the Clovis City Commission. It’s now the subject of a negative referendum election to be held on Aug. 2. It has been said this ordinance will allow the city to demolish, and clear properties that can be donated to […]

Letters to the editor: Hotel project vital to community

There has been much talk recently about the Affordable Housing Plan and the ordinance adopted by the city. In 2002, the New Mexico Legislature passed Constitutional Amendment 6. This amendment allows counties and municipalities to donate land, existing buildings, infrastructure, etc. to the development of affordable housing. This allowed the city of Clovis to donate […]

Letters to the editor: Affordable housing plan no-brainer

Affordable housing plan no-brainer Clovis’ mayor and all but one of our commissioners, Randy Crowder, seem to be on the right track for growth in Clovis. Let our elected people work for us as they said they would and support affordable housing that is not accessible in this current real estate market. I should know. […]

Clovis City Commission passes affordable housing plan

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Stephen Crozier, founder and CEO of Tierra Realty of Taos, speaks about his planned renovation of Hotel Clovis during the Thursday Clovis City Commission meeting. Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission met for more than two hours Thursday, and spent much of it debating the merits of an affordable housing […]

City commission to consider affordable housing plan

CNJ staff A resolution and ordinance creating an affordable housing plan for the city are part of the agenda for the Clovis City Commission’s first regular May meeting, scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The affordable housing plan allows an exception to the state’s anti-donation clause for […]

McGee: Landlordin’ not for me

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist All this talk around here about affordable housing got me to thinking about landlordin’. I thought maybe I could pick up some real estate real cheap, slap on a coat of paint, then sit back and watch the big coin roll in every month. But, I don’t know if landlordin’ […]

Planning commission approves affordable housing plan

Sharna Johnson Clovis’ planning and zoning commission unanimously approved the city’s affordable housing plan Wednesday. The vote came following a presentation of the plan by Community and Legislative Director Claire Burroughes. “The rental housing market here is overburdened,” Burroughes said. One of the projects giving the plan momentum is the renovation of Hotel Clovis to […]

Developers: Regulations, price of land add to cost of building

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Houses on Carmel Lane near the Clovis Civic Center are in various stages, from empty lots to homes in progress to moved-in residences. Developer John Bourne said it’s hard to find a balance between building a home that’s affordable to residents and making enough money on a project to justify […]

Affordable housing plan ordinance introduced

Kevin Wilson Amid questions of commitments, costs and the Hotel Clovis, the city commission made a first step Thursday in the introduction of an affordable housing plan. By a 6-1 vote, an ordinance was introduced for the city’s affordable housing plan, which the commission requested in January 2010. The plan will be discussed during a […]

Affordable Housing Plan taking step toward ordinance

Kevin Wilson When Clovis found out that nearby Cannon Air Force Base would receive a bump in personnel for its new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, growth management consultants suggested an affordable housing plan as responsible planning for the city’s future. The last two commanders at Cannon, and some of their officers, have spoken […]

AgSense: Technology helps make food safe, affordable

“Food insecurity” is a phrase I have been hearing a lot lately. Growing up in a post World War II era in Holland, I have heard the stories about food insecurity first hand, and the effects it has on society. Much of the political unrest currently sweeping through Middle Eastern countries seems to be the […]

Draft of the Clovis affordable housing plan

The city of Clovis released the first draft of its Affordable Housing Plan. At this point all the individual recommendations are not included, according to Clarie Burroughes, the city’s community director. The city is seeking public input regarding the document.

Housing survey contains few surprises

Kevin Wilson A lot of data compilation, and very little surprise. That’s what the city discovered when it put together results of its affordable housing survey, commissioned in June with responses gathered over a month. “We sent out 3,000 surveys, mailed out randomly throughout the community,” said Claire Burroughes of the city. “It was also […]