Following nearly an hour of discussion last week on the rights, or lack of rights, of those who own contracts for deed, grimes county commissioners unanimously disapproved a proposal for a new seven-unit subdivision.
County Attorney Jon C. Fultz said the problem surfaced after some issues having to do with the Stephenson subdivision came to light.
As Fultz explained, owners of contracts for deeds, it turns out, don’t have any legal right to their property until it is completely paid off. A situation county judge Ben Leman said he sees regularly.
Some northern Grimes residents refer to it as the Daryl Hall legacy.
Subdivision Coordinator David Lilly promised to work with Fultz to clarify the situation and tie up any loose ends that need to be resolved. Meanwhile, the Stephenson subdivision will have to reapply to restart a timeline for its future approval.