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 […]

City officials to host signing in support of housing plan

CNJ staff The city of Clovis will be hosting a signing of a resolution of support for the city’s Affordable Housing Plan at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the assembly room of the Bert Cabiness City Government Center, 321 Connelly Street. The plan was approved 6-1 in a May 5 Clovis City Commission meeting, but was […]

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: Housing plan beneficial to more

Housing plan beneficial to more The Clovis city commissioners found a developer willing to renovate the Hotel Clovis and the surrounding neighborhood. This would require the city to loan the developer up to $1.4 million. Among other things, the renovation would provide affordable housing for workers while dramatically improving the physical appearance of that portion […]

Developer works in specialized field

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Sharna Johnson The developer eyeing Hotel Clovis as a potential housing community is part of a specialized breed who do business by merging the dollars of private investors with those belonging to taxpayers. Navigating the system of obtaining tax credits for housing projects that are then sold for investments is a niche Stephen Crozier, chief […]

Letters to the editor: Housing plan should be put to vote

Housing plan should be put to vote The Affordable Housing Act is an innocuous-sounding program that introduces more dependency into our community. Builders and affiliated businesses — assessors, title companies, Realtors and materials suppliers — benefit by using tax credits and outright grants, free land, free buildings, free infrastructure, waived licensing fees, and whatever else […]

Patriots submit petition signatures to city

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon numbers petitions filed Monday by the High Plains Patriots. If 456 signatures are verified, the petitions will force a special election for an area Affordable Housing Plan. Melancon said verification should be complete by Wednesday. Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots Citizens group turned in […]

Housing plan meets overall need

Since the Affordable Housing Plan and ordinance were adopted by the Clovis City Commission on May 5, there has been much discussion about the plan and what it will do for our community. Clovis’ Affordable Housing Plan is targeted toward residents earning up to 100 percent of Area Median Income ($46,300) and essential workforce who […]

Housing markets tight near bases

The inability of homebuilders to secure construction loans in this weak economy, combined with major force realignments from Europe and other areas, has created housing shortages for families at many large stateside military bases, the Government Accountability Office reports. The housing squeeze, which impacts at least 19 bases, isn’t going to be relieved anytime soon […]

Letters to the editor: Oversight needed for housing plan

Oversight needed for housing plan I have read with interest the articles and letters concerning the city’s affordable housing plan. I find it deplorable that so much sarcastic rhetoric has been used by both sides, such as “obstructionists,” “misguided and misleading,” “smells like sour grapes,” “socialist policies,” and “from what planet a handful of citizens […]

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. […]

Group files petition on affordable housing plan

Liliana Castillo A Clovis citizens group is seeking to put another ordinance to Clovis voters. The High Plains Patriots on Tuesday filed a petition regarding the commission’s passage of an affordable housing plan last week. City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said the petition was submitted and certified Tuesday morning. According to the city charter, a referendum […]

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 […]

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 […]

County, city to negotiate inmate costs

Sharna Johnson Curry County and the city are poised to start negotiations on the cost of housing inmates at the jail with the county saying it needs more money and the city taking the position it’s already paying enough. Under a 2008 joint powers agreement, Clovis pays the county $115,000 a year — less than […]