Richmond resident asks Commissioners to deny replat
By Elsa Maxey
A 39-year city of Richmond resident says she doesn’t believe a citizen should have to be a trained expert to understand a proposal before Fort Bend County Commissioners Court for approval or disapproval. At a time when so many across the nation have made allegations about fixing “our broken government,” Patricia Hinsely may be asking Fort Bend County Commissioners for “plain speak” relating to citizen participation in a deliberative process that is about helping implement decisions.
Hinsley told Fort Bend County Commissioners there are unanswered questions about a proposed replat. “I am asking that the request to re-plat Crystal Lakes Estates be denied,” she said. The item is one of eight listed on the commissioners court agenda of Jan. 24 as part of a public hearing. Hinsley said she received a certified notification letter on Jan. 4, and did not have adequate time for an attorney and surveyor to review the matter. Hinsley lives on Bob White Lane and is among residents in a subdivision to be impacted by the replat. Simply put, a replat is basically a change in the layout of a lot.
Chris Kalkomey of Charlie Kalkomey Surveying, who spoke on behalf of the surveyor told commissioners that Chrystal Lakes Estates is an existing subdivision that was previously platted and issues raised by Hinsley about increased traffic, drainage and utility demand had long been addressed. Kalkomey said the replat did not add or subtract any lots.
In the end, it appears the matter is about boundary line changes that impact Hinsley’s property. What was termed a meandering fence, a dead zone and a separate reserve that could cloud a property title seem to be at issue. “More of a boundary line dispute that needs a couple of attorneys and a judge to decide,” is part of what Kalkomey said would probably settle the matter.
Judge Bob Herbert indicated that the item addressed by Hinsley and several others were not ready for action and would be pending as future agenda items.
Now, that was clear!