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Hidalgo County adopts new rules for colonias

A win today for future residents who will be living in new colonias, Hidalgo County has adopted new rules for developers.

A win Tuesday for future residents who will be living in new colonias, Hidalgo County has adopted new rules for developers.

More than 800 colonias that don’t have proper lighting here in the Valley, now a requirement for future developers.

No street lights are a common sight for unincorporated areas in Hidalgo County.

“We have been pushing the county to make stricter rules for people who sell lots in the rural areas,” said Martha Sanchez with La Union del Pueblo Entero.

LUPE, ARISE and Texas Low Income Housing information Service have been pushing the county to require new developers in unincorporated areas to change the way they have been doing things in the past.

"One of the new rules, all subdivisions, model subdivisions are going to be coming with infrastructure and with light," said Sanchez.

Alberta Ramirez lives in the Owassa Acres colonia and says at night, no one walks around because of how dark it gets.

Ramirez said in Spanish, "Now that winter is approaching, it takes a bit longer for the sun to rise and the kids have to walk to get the bus in the dark.”

Sanchez says precincts 1,3 and 4 have new developments almost every month and this new change will help with current concerns.

"Accidents happen all the time and its very insecure, more robberies," said Sanchez.

Ramirez says she is happy for this new change but now she has to continue to fight for the colonias that are already developed.

"We have to keep fighting so they can fund our locations to have lights," said Ramirez.

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