CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - The Carlsbad City Council has approved a zoning change that officials are hoping will help ease a housing shortage caused by the oil boom.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the zoning change will allow for developers to build an apartment complex on two lots that were previously zoned for commercial use.
California-based Silverado Land Company has plans to build a complex of two-story, town home-style apartments. The complex will include a community center with a playground.
Despite a drop in oil prices, communities in southeastern New Mexico continue to face housing shortages because of the booming oil industry.
The region includes part of the Permian Basin, which has seen the number of barrels produced each day more than double over the last several years.