The Valencia County Planning and Zoning Commis-sion stuck to the law requiring two-acre minimum deeded lots in regard to a section of family land in Tomé.
That means Patricia Carpio of Los Lunas can not receive a one-acre lot off Entrada Aragon Road from her father David Martinez.
A group of Tomé residents appeared at the July 9 zoning board meeting to complain about problems in the area of Martinez’s property. Tobin Lyon of the Tomé Improvement Association presented the commission with a petition of 50 signatures against deviating from the two-acre minimum.
“I don’t think we change the two-acre minimum anytime someone comes and asks for it,” another resident said.
Carpio was angry about the commission’s decision and criticized the residents in an interview after the meeting.
“These people haven’t even been here 10 years,” Carpio said. “This family has been here their whole life. It’s not right. This is not justice.”
Carpio and her husband, Daniel, planned on putting a trailer on the one-acre piece of land.
Martinez originally owned a total of 29 acres and had previously given three one-acre tracts to three different daughters in 1985, but that was prior to the two-acre minimum rule passed in November, 1999. When one of the commissioners asked Martinez if he would consider giving Carpio two acres, instead of just one, Martinez refused.
“I’m not going to give any more property,” Martinez said.
Carpio claimed that she recorded a deed for the property with the county clerk’s office, but Ruben Chavez, enforcement supervisor of planning and zoning, said no deed was recorded.
“We searched it and the assessors searched it as best we could,” Chavez said. “In 1985, Mr. Martinez did give his kids one acre each, and three kids recorded their deeds. Patricia’s deed was not recorded.”
As it stands now, Carpio will be unable to receive the one-acre plot of land from her father, unless a legitimate deed is found, or he decides to give her two acres, instead of one.
In other planning and zoning decisions made on July 9:
- Rudy Dominguez received a permit to indefinitely operate a sign shop out of his house at 166 Monica Road in Los Lunas.
- Alex Sisneros received approval for a five-foot variance change for the purpose of building a garage shop on the southwest corner of his property at 1127 Molina Road in Belen.
- Kathy Jaramillo received a one-year permit to operate a home daycare for up to 12 children on Camino de Flores in Peralta. Jaramillo’s daycare would also be regulated by state license requirements.
- Express Development LTD Co. received variance approval for building a Dollar Store near Sunflower Lane and New Mexico 47, in Peralta. The commission mandated several requirements, including a 200-foot buffer zone next to Modesto Sanchez’s property, along with lighting and environmental stipulations.