Downtown development, solar power on agendas for local meetings

Overlay district considered for downtown Aztec

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
A special overlay district is being considered for part of North Main Avenue in Aztec in hopes of encouraging pedestrian traffic.
  • The Farmington City Council could approve building a 1.1 megawatt solar array.
  • Farmington councilors will go into a closed session to discuss the project.
  • Aztec commissioners will discuss the possible refinancing of a loan.

FARMINGTON — The Aztec City Commission will discuss development along the North Main Avenue corridor while the Farmington City Council may vote on installing a solar array during their meetings at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Aztec City Commission will meet at Aztec City Hall, 201 W. Chaco St., and the Farmington City Council will meet at Farmington City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive.

During its Tuesday evening meeting, the Aztec City Commission will consider creating a special overlay district for North Main Avenue with the intent of encouraging pedestrian traffic and creating an appearance that reflects the area’s history and culture.

It would only affect the land along North Main Avenue that is zoned C1, a commercial zoning that allows limited retail and residential buildings. The overlay district is being proposed in conjunction with the city’s plans for development of North Main Avenue, which includes a pedestrian plaza.

Architecture requirements could require buildings to reflect local and historical themes like the Spanish colonial, ancestral Puebloan or territorial revival architectural styles. It also would prohibit certain businesses, such as pawn shops, payday loan services, second-hand or consignment stores, businesses that focus on car sales or repairs, gas stations or single-family houses.

At the end of the Farmington City Council meeting, it will have a closed session. The solar project is one of three projects that councilors will discuss during the closed session. Other projects include public transit and a reciprocating engine for the Bluffview Power Plant.

Following the closed session, the City Council could vote to approve the construction of a solar array that could generate up to 1.1 megawatts of electricity for the Farmington Electric Utility System. The Farmington Public Utility Commission has recommended that the City Council approve the project.

Prior to its meeting, the Aztec City Commission will have a 5 p.m. work session to discuss refinancing the loan it used to pay for the wastewater treatment plant. The loan’s balance is currently about $3.2 million, and the city has 12 years remaining on the loan. The interest rate is 2 percent, and the city has the opportunity to refinance for a 1.2 percent interest rate.

The Kirtland Town Council also is scheduled to meet Tuesday. The council meets at 4 p.m. at Kirtland Town Hall, 47 County Road 6500. No agenda was available Friday afternoon.

The Bloomfield City Council canceled its Monday meeting because of a lack of agenda items.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at