March 1, 2000 Minutes



MARCH 1, 2000


Mr. Michael O’Hara, Chairman.

Mr. Precilliano Jr. Martin, Member.

Ms. Paul Dardin, Member.

Mr. Robert J. Jaramillo, Ex-Officio Member.


Ms. Ginna Sanders, First Vice-Chairman.

Mr. Daniel Schwebke, Second Vice Chairman.


Ms. Sharon L. Few, City Planner.

Ms. Armida Rodriguez, Recording Secretary.


Mr. Klad Zimmerle, R.L.S.; Ms. Delores J. Barkley; Mr. Howard J. Barkley; and other unidentified persons.


1. CALL TO ORDER. Chairman O’Hara called the regularly scheduled March 1, 2000, meeting to order at approximately 1:30 p.m. Chairman O’Hara noted that a total of three (3) items were to be considered, one (1) under Public Hearing. Recommendations to the City Commission are to be made by the Planning and Zoning Commission for approval or denial of the requests. The City Commission will consider these requests at its meeting of March 28, 2000, to render final decisions.

2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA. Commissioner Dardin made a motion "TO APPROVE THE AGENDA, AS WRITTEN". Seconded by Commissioner Martin. All voted "AYE", passing the motion by a vote of 3-0-0.

3. MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 2ND REGULAR MEETING, AND FEBRUARY 27TH INSPECTION TOUR, 2000. Commissioner Dardin made a motion "TO APPROVE THE MINUTES, AS WRITTEN". Seconded by Commissioner Martin. All voted "AYE", approving the motion by a vote of 3-0-0.


A. CASE: V-00-0427(A). PETITIONER: Harold J. Barkley and Delores J. Barkley, owners. REQUEST: Approval of a variance of sixteen feet six inches (16’6") from Sections 29-03-020 and 29-03-500, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Alamogordo, New Mexico, governing front setbacks; which, if approved, would allow the construction of an attached carport with a front setback of eight feet six inches (8’6"), rather than the twenty-five foot (25') setback required by Code. TOTAL AREA: ±8,352 square feet. LOCATION: 1409 Post Avenue. CURRENT LEGAL: Lot 32, Desert Willows. CURRENT ZONE: District "G" (Trailer).

Ms. Few said that no protest were received. Staff recommended approval of the front yard variance with the condition that it never be enclosed.

Chairman O’Hara said that he had a business working relationship with Mr. Barkley in that he sold him the lot, so he was recusing himself.

Commissioner Martin made a motion "TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF CASE V-00-0427(A) WITH THE CONDITION THAT IT NEVER BE ENCLOSED". Seconded by Commissioner Dardin. Commissioner Martin and Commissioner Dardin voted "AYE", with Chairman O’Hara obtaining, by a vote of 2-0-1.

B. Close Public Hearing.


CASE: S-00-0657(A). PETITIONER: The Brame-Scott Partnership, owner, by Klad Zimmerle, R.L.S., agent. REQUEST: Approval of the preliminary and final plat of SCOTT SUBDIVISION, for two (2) lots; variances from Section 22-01-100 relating to lot width, on the dedication of public land, and on from Section 22-01-0140(a)(19) relating to drainage plans; with all utilities, paved streets and public access; located within the City of Alamogordo. TOTAL AREA: ± 0.332 acre. LOCATION: 2006 and 2008 N. Scenic Drive. CURRENT LEGAL: A tract of land in the Northeast one-quarter of Section 16, T16S, R10E, NMPM, Alamogordo, Otero County, New Mexico, described by metes and bounds as follows: Starting at the Northwest corner of Lot 57, Tays Heights Addition No. Two, City of Alamogordo; thence North 00 degrees 02 minutes West along the East right-of-way line of Scenic Drive a distance of 225.00 feet to the point and place of beginning of the tract of land herein described; thence North 00 degrees 02 minutes West along the East right-of-way line of Scenic Drive a distance of 111.08 feet; thence North 89 degrees 58 minutes East a distance of 130.00 feet; thence South 00 degrees 02 minutes East a distance of 111.08 feet; thence South 89 degrees 58 minutes West a distance of 130.00 feet to the point of beginning, also commonly known as 2006 and 2008 Scenic Drive, Alamogordo, New Mexico. CURRENT ZONE: District "C" (Multi-family Dwelling).

Ms. Few said that the property currently had two (2) tri-plex on the property on North Scenic. The owners are planning to divide the property in half with one apartment unit on each of the proposed lots. A variance to the lot width, instead of sixty feet (60’) each lot would only be 55.54 feet, is needed. There would be no change in drainage they had requested a variance on the drainage requirements for calculation submittal and for public land dedication, a total of 723 square feet would be required. Ms. Few said that staff had recommended approval of the subdivision with the requested or required variances and with one additional notation, the vicinity map showed the subdivision south of the actual location. The subdivision was actually between Indian Wells Road and Carmel Drive. Ms. Few said that staff recommended approval.

Mr. Zimmerle said that he would get the vicinity map corrected.

Chairman O’Hara asked if was ever a part of subdivision? Mr. Zimmerle said no, that it was sold as metes and bounds. Chairman O’Hara asked if it was a new subdivision? Ms. Few said that it would have come in under a summary plat except for the lot widths, which required a variance.

Commissioner Dardin made a motion "TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF CASE S-00-0657(A) ". Seconded by Commissioner Martin. All voted "AYE", passing the motion by a vote of 3-0-0.


CASE: M-00-0287(A). PETITIONER: City of Alamogordo, owner. REQUEST: Approval of a resolution to change the street name of Lulu Drive to Iowa Avenue. CURRENT LEGAL: McGee Subdivision. CURRENT ZONE: District "A" (Single Family Dwelling).

Ms. Few said there was a cul-de-sac north of Fourteenth Street, between Puerto Rico and Hawaii that was a replat of part of Lot 98 of Alamo Blocks known as McGee Subdivision. Although the cul-de-sac is in alignment with Iowa Avenue south of Fourteenth, it was platted as Lulu Drive. Over the years some of the utility companies have it on the books as Iowa and some have it as Lulu. The Assessors has it as Iowa. When the street sign ended up missing, City crews replaced the sign as "Lulu" which was in agreement with the maps. The City then received phone calls as to why the street name was being changed. The residents, except for one who had an unlisted telephone number had been called. Everybody was reportedly using Iowa. As the City has initiated the action, there would be no fee charged.

Commissioner Martin made a motion "TO APPROVE CASE M-00-0287(A)". Seconded by Commissioner Dardin. All voted "AYE", passing the motion by a vote of 3-0-0.


A. City Planner.

(1) April Agenda – Ms. Few said that the deadline was not until Monday, so she did not know what would be submitted. Ms. Few said that she had gotten word that they had several subdivisions, possibly the final on Mission Santa Fe, a large replat on Cottonwood Heights and maybe some variances and rezonings.

(2) NMSHTD/BPE Committee meeting, April 11, 2000, 9am – 3pm, Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 1301 N. White Sands Boulevard. Ms. Few said that the Bicycle Pedestrian Equestrian Subcommittee of the State Highway Department would be having their meeting in town. Ms. Few said that any member of the Planning Commission who would want to attend was more than welcome. On Monday the committee would be doing a walking tour of part of rails to trails area. Depending on the weather it might be a section that was on private land and not currently open. It might be the grand view trail or part of the paved areas around Cloudcroft. The committee had members all over the State but they view a lot of the projects and make recommendations on non-motorized transportation issues.

(3) NM League of Zoning Officials, Planning and Zoning Commissioners Workshop, May 10-12, 2000, Albuquerque, NM. – Ms. Few said that she was still waiting to see what the costs are for the meeting.

(4) Other – Ms. Few said the City was being considered to participate in the walkable Communities Program.

  1. Chairman.

C. Commissioners.

(1) Inspection Tours. (Commissioner Martin) – Commissioner Martin wanted to know why the Planning and Zoning did not go to any inspection tours. Chairman O’Hara said that it would have to be posted only if there were three (3) or more. Ms. Few said that it was scheduled for Sunday before the meeting at 2:00 p.m. Commissioner Martin asked why the tour was discontinued. Chairman O’Hara said that in his opinion if it were a big subdivision (fifty or sixty acres) unless there is a question about the traffic impact, he did not have a desire to go out and look at tumbleweeds. Especially if there was an anticipation about a lot of protest. Commissioner Jaramillo said that it was just a problem in getting commissioners together. Ms. Few said that maybe the item could be on the next agenda.

(2) Other – None.


9. ADJOURNMENT - There being no further business to come before the Commission, Commissioner Dardin made a motion "TO ADJOURN". Seconded by Commissioner Martin. All voted "AYE", passing the motion by a vote of 3-0-0. The meeting adjourned at approximately 2:05 p.m.


Approved: ____________________


Michael M. O'Hara, Chairman




Armida Rodriguez, Recording Secretary