2/27/2019 Hobbs News Sun eEdition
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In what has become routine city business of late, the Hobbs City Commission on Monday night approved development agreements for another 23 homes in the city while also approving final lot plans for 55 new homes, including 20 new Habitat for Humanity homes.

The City Commission voted 7-0 in approval of three resolutions, each awarding subsidies for public infrastructure improvements related to three different market-rate, single-family housing developments.

Black Gold Estates of Hobbs was awarded a $100,000 housing incentive for the construction of 10 homes at Zia Crossing subdivision just west of Zia Park Casino; Property Management Plus of Hobbs was awarded a $23,000 housing incentive for the construction of three homes near East Bender Boulevard and North Dal Paso Street; and Lemke Development Inc. of Hobbs was awarded a $100,000 housing incentive for 10 homes at a subdivision under construction at the northeast the corner of North Ja-Rob and West College Lane, called The Meadows.

The three Property Management Plus homes will be along North Selman Street, between East St. Anne Place and East Sunset Drive.

Mayor Sam Cobb noted the homebuilding would occur in a broad area.

“They’re not all in one location,” Cobb said.

The taxpayer-funded subsidies pay contractors for the installation of municipal infrastructure, such as water and sewer lines, streets to access new homes, and sidewalks. The public infrastructures adjacent to the front property line of structures — particularly sidewalks — might not otherwise be built without the incentives, which local developers have said have incentivized homebuilding in the city.

The development agreements require developers to complete the market rate, single-family homes within 180 days of the execution of the agreements to receive the housing incentives. The homes must be built with an energy-efficient design, with either a stucco or brick exterior.

City Commissioner Marshall Newman asked the last time the city commissioned a market survey.

“The last market survey was the 2015-2020 housing needs assessment,” said Kevin Robinson, the city’s development director. “And at that time we identified a 2020 gap of 1,000 to 1,500 units in the single-family range.”

Robinson said the city will start a new housing needs assessment this summer.

The City Commission also on Monday night unanimously approved final lot plans for 20 new homes in the Albertson subdivision, on property southwest of East Glorietta Drive and North Houston Street, which is owned by Habitat for Humanity; 31 final plats at The Meadows, on property owned by Lemke Development; and final plats for four homes in the Midway Acres subdivision.

Final plat approval gives developers actual legal lots on which to locate houses, after all required public infrastructure has been installed, Robinson said.

The Midway Acres subdivision, northeast of Cowboy Junction Church on Catchings Road, is owned by Frank Trujillo and is in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. The ETJ is comprised of land within 5 miles of city limits that are subject to joint city and county jurisdiction and which are served by Hobbs city services.

While Hobbs has no zoning, the city does have authority to make developmental rules and regulations and subdivision rules and regulations, Robinson said.

Developers have told city officials in recent months that homes are being sold and occupied as soon as they are ready.

Jeff Tucker may be reached at managingeditor@hobbsnews.com.