Published: 3:15 pm, Sun. Nov. 19th, 2017Updated: 3:14 pm
The Carlsbad developer whose plan to construct a “man camp” on his property in La Huerta prompted outcry from his neighbors and an ordinance from the Eddy County Commission has been given the go-ahead by District Judge Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez denied the county’s request for a temporary restraining order and injunction last week, primarily due to the fact the area in question is not zoned and therefore not subject to restrictions by the county.
After being approached by La Huerta residents opposed to the RV camp – which would serve as housing for temporary workers in the area on construction or oil and gas jobs – the commission drafted an ordinance designed to place restrictions on such camps.
The county later revised a portion of the ordinance that would have required any such camps be at least 300 feet away from other property lines, cutting that distance to 25 feet. That led to additional dissatisfaction amongst the opposed La Huerta residents, and the ordinance was tabled Nov. 7 for further review.
The commission left that meeting with a temporary hold – originally ordered in May and extended several times, most recently through Dec. 7 – in place, but Sanchez also dissolved that, giving developer Cody Northcutt permission to move forward with the camp.
The county could potentially seek to zone the La Huerta area, but residents have, in the past, opposed that, as well.