The Lea County Planning Department reviews any division of property in the unincorporated areas of the County for the purpose of sale, lease, or other conveyance. The department gathers, analyzes, and reviews data, making recommendations on subjects such as subdivisions, claims of exemption, site plans, zoning and special use permits, and similar issues.
Types of Subdivisions
The following table outlines the required process for various types of subdivisions.
|Type||Number of Parcel||Size of Smallest Parce||Process|
|One||500 Parcels or more||Less than 10 acres||Preliminary / Final Plat|
|Two||25 to 499||Less than 10 acres ||Preliminary / Final Plat|
|Three A||2 to 5||Less than 10 acres ||Summary Review|
|Three B||6 to 24||Less than 10 acres ||Preliminary / Final Plat|
|Four||25 or more||10 acres or more||Preliminary / Final Plat|
|Five||2 to 24||10 acres or more||Summary Review|
Please review the Claim of Exemption application for exemption to the subdivision process.
The Lea County Planning and Zoning Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month to review open subdivision applications and discuss other businesses. Check for the legal notice and agenda on the Lea County meetings webpage or contact the Planning Department for more information.
For any further information, to schedule a pre-application conference, or to submit a subdivision application, please contact Bruce Reid at 575-396-8696.
- To complete any division of land, the property owner must have paid in full the current year's property taxes.
- Before approving the final plat for a subdivision containing ten or more parcels, any one of which is two acres or less in size, the Board of Commissioners shall require that the subdivider provide proof of a service commitment from a water provider and an opinion from the Office of the State Engineer that the subdivider can fulfill the water needs of that subdivision (Paragraph 1 of Subsection F of Section 47-6-11 NMSA 1978).