Committee assigns tasks for regional growth planner

The Local Growth Management Committee decided Tuesday what tasks will be delegated to a regional growth planner.

In the committee meeting on May 1, committee members discussed where to go with the position after previous regional planner Rick Draker terminated his contract in the end of April.

The Local Growth Management Organization was created to bring together entities affected by growth at Cannon Air Force Base, with representation from Curry and Roosevelt counties and the cities of Clovis and Portales.

City of Portales Capital Projects Administrator Susan Baysinger presented a Scope of Work report to committee members Tuesday with guidelines for what a new regional planner's responsibilities would include.

The local were planner responsibilities highlighted within the report:

  • Maintaining and further developing information for the Regional Growth website.
  • Attending monthly LGMC meetings and provide updates regarding housing, land use education, healthcare and economic development; and submit a monthly status report on interactions with CAFB.
  • Serving as an LGMC liaison to the Housing Task Force.
  • Attending monthly CAFB Right Start meetings (held for incoming active duty personnel). The planner will create and distribute questionnaires to incoming military personnel regarding their housing needs and other challenges they may be encountering.
  • Creating a Regional Growth Management and Compatible Use Integration Strategy that defines the specific goals, objectives, processes, procedures, responsibilities and funding requirements to create a self-sustaining effort equipping the city and county entities to assume oversight of the Regional Growth Management Plan and the Joint Land Use Study to support the CAFB mission and growth.
  • Carrying out JLUS recommendations regarding building and development plans that may impact CAFB missions and notifying local government officials of CAFB missions or construction which could impact the local community.
  • Developing a public outreach program to educate local residents and local governing bodies on CAFB missions and JLUS.
  • Improving the consistency with regional growth management policies and objectives.
  • Offering support and assistance to any local school district requiring information in carrying out capital or operational projects related to the growth associated with CAFB.
  • Supporting the continued recruitment of physicians, family advocacy programs and dental care providers.
  • Identifying local workforce skills that match needs of high-wage employers and identifying and developing an action plan to attract high wage employers.
  • Developing alliances with other Department of Defense growth communities and networks.

Committee members said they will advertise for the planner position through the American Defense Communities.

Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said several committee members will be attending the ADC annual conference in August in Monterey, Calif.

Roosevelt County commissioners Scott Burton and Kendell Buzard, Portales Mayor Sharon King, Curry County Manager Lance Pyle and Curry County commissioners Wendell Bostwick and Caleb Chandler will all be attending the event, along with Burroughes and Baysinger.

Pyle said Monterey is a leading city in community partnerships, so he hopes to have Monterey city officials come to the local area to give a presentation before the annual conference.

Col. David Piech, 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group commander at Cannon, gave committee members a brief update, saying numerous construction projects are continuing on and around the base.

At the end of the meeting, Baysinger reminded committee members of the Housing Forum to be held Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University.

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