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Monday, December 11, 2000

TWO COLONIA OWNERS ORDERED TO HALT RESIDENTIAL LOT SALES

Agreed Injunctions Apply to Subdivisions in Bee, Starr Counties

AUSTIN - Under the terms of agreed temporary injunctions filed in Travis County by Texas Attorney General John Cornyn, two colonia subdivision owners must comply with respective requirements under state law.

In the first, Bee County subdivision owner Benito G. Salazar has agreed to halt all lot sales within a colonia-type subdivision known as Salazar Heights near Beeville. In order to resume his plans for development, Salazar must file with the county a proper subdivision plat to delineate the limits of development, and also provide to the platted lots residential water and wastewater services that meet state standards.

Although Salazar sold several lots in the subdivision, he failed to comply with special platting requirements for these types of residential lots of five acres or less. Since September 1997 this special law - from Senate Bill 570 - has applied in Bee and other counties categorized as low-income, high-unemployment areas and located more than 50 miles from the border.

The second agreed temporary injunction involves Miguel and Maria Garza in Starr County, who illegally sold residential lots before obtaining county approval of a subdivision plat for Garza Subdivision.

By court order, the Garza's must halt lots sales, and provide sewer and potable water service in the subdivision within 90 days. These defendants must provide a preliminary plat for the subdivision and submit it to the Starr County Commissioners Court by Jan. 1. A final plat must be filed by April 1.

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Contact Mark Heckmann, Heather Browne, or Tom Kelley at (512) 463-2050
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