At the September 13, 2022 meeting the Artesia City Council passed a motion on Ordinance 1103 to change the five-year wait time to split lots to one year. “We’re trying to make it easier for developers to come to Artesia,” said Major Jon Henry. “Before this change if you had a piece of property and you divided it, you had to wait five years to divide it again which really hurt our development because developers have said they didn’t want to so that. So now we’ve made it one year and even within that year if they present to Zoning and Planning why they want to divide, it may be allowed.”
The ability to develop and grow is crucial to Artesia’s future, according to Henry. “We have to grow housing, both affordable housing and any kind of housing. Our costs continue to grow no matter what. So in order to keep up you have to create more Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) or raise taxes. Obviously we don’t want to raise taxes.” There are currently 600-700 developable acres within the city limits. City official are also starting to work on incentive plans for builders/developers.