Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

CORNYN SEEKS INJUNCTION TO STOP COLONIA LOT SALES

Suit Targets Bonnaville Terrace Subdivision near Harlingen

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn has filed a lawsuit in Travis County District Court seeking to stop sales of substandard lots in the Bonnaville Terrace subdivision in Cameron County near Harlingen.

The unlawful activities described in the state's petition include the sale of residential lots in an unincorporated area without provisions for adequate water and sewer service. Bonnaville Terrace, a 300-lot subdivision, was subdivided and platted years ago, prior to the current requirements for sanitary facilities. To thwart the growth of existing colonias, state law prevents these substandard lots from being sold until they are first upgraded to provide water and sewer facilities.

Named in the petition for unlawfully selling these lots "as is" are Juan and Eva Flores, and Manuel and Maria Esther Zepeda.

The Attorney General has asked the Travis County district court for an injunction to ensure that the developers offer proper services and to require that refunds be offered to the past purchasers. Because this subdivision falls outside incorporated municipal limits and is in a county that lies within 50 miles of the Mexican border, it is subject to laws enacted to prevent the proliferation of substandard developments called colonias.

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