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The Lea County Planning Department reviews any division of property in the unincorporated areas of the County for the purpose or 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.  



Number of Parcels

Size of Smallest Parcel



500 parcels or more

Less than 10 acres

Preliminary/ Final Plat


Three A

25 to 499

2 to 5

Less than 10 acres

Less than 10 acres

Preliminary/ Final Plat

Summary Review

Three B

6 to 24

Less than 10 acres

Preliminary/ Final Plat


25 or more

10 acres or more

Preliminary/ Final Plat


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 meet on the second Tuesday of each month to review open subdivision applications and discuss other business. 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 or breid@leacounty.net.


Please note:

  • 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).


Planning and Zoning Board Meeting Schedule 2014

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