As more workers arrive in Carlsbad, more housing is needed

Leonard Tapia
September 29, 2017 06:52 PM

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Carlsbad is home to the Delaware Basin – the largest, thriving source of oil and gas in the state.  It provides a steady flow of money and employees, but not housing.


“Finding places to put people has been a challenge for us,” said John Waters, director of the Carlsbad Department of Development. “We have a significant need in the entire county. Not just into the city, but the county.”

A study conducted by Eddy County in 2014 suggests the city could be short 7,000 houses by 2020.

The oil and gas industry is the largest employer in Carlsbad, but many of those workers live in overcrowded RV parks also known as “man-camps.”

Officials told KOB the hope to increase housing development in the area so families can live affordably as well as comfortably.

“Some of these gentlemen that work out in the oil field, and even ladies, they would like to bring their families, but there's nowhere for them to live,” said Stella Davis, chair of the Eddy County Commission.

Right now there are some active housing expansions in the process, but the Carlsbad Development Department is hoping to see even more by offering incentives to potential developers like Pulte Homes.

“That'll be 15 percent of all your hard cost of infrastructure, so it's going to really be a great thing,” Shannon Carr said.

In a statement to KOB on Friday, Pulte Homes said it was flattered by the invitation. However, there’s no word yet on if the company, or any other developer, has plans to build. But officials in Carlsbad hope to see more homes soon in some way or another.

“We want to make sure that we have room for everybody,” Waters said. “Not just the people living here and working, but the people that visit our state and our community.


Leonard Tapia

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