Downtown master plan to be unveiled

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer

A master plan for downtown Portales will be discussed during a public meeting from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building.

The plan is the result of a public planning process held last fall.

The goal of the plan is to develop a more livable, walkable downtown, said City Manager Debi Lee.

The plan, along with new zoning, will be presented by Lee Einsweiller of Design Plus, said City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry.
Following the presentation, public comments will be heard.

The plan includes several downtown zones, such as shop front, mixed use, live-work and urban residential, Lee said.

Greg Erf, a member of the MainStreet board of directors, said several meetings have been held already.

The planning process included asking people who live and work downtown what they would like to see, Erf said.

Other aspects of the plan include things like overhangs on buildings and sidewalks, he said.

One idea that faces some opposition from merchants is two-way traffic on Main Street between First and Second streets, said Lee. The change would create a higher traffic flow and help justify a traffic light at the intersection of Main and Second streets.

Funding for the planning process came through the state MainStreet organization, Erf said.

The plan will help revitalize downtown, he said.

The downtown master plan and associated zoning ordinance will be considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission on May 19; then be forwarded to the City Council for possible approval.