Plans for the Pinon Point Ranch subdivision were denied Friday by the Quay County Commission.
Commissioner Bill Curry said that there was a lack of potable water for each tract in the development.
In an earlier commission meeting, property owners in the area had expressed their concerns about the availability water in the area, Curry said.
“The issue of the water is too big to overcome,” said commissioner Robert Lopez.
Pinon Point Ranch is located about 8 miles south of Quay and about six miles west of State Road 209. The 5,451-acre site is designed to have 78 residential lots, ranging in size from about 60 to 95 acres, according to a report from the New Mexico State Engineer.
Pinon Point Ranch’s developler is Ranch Enterprises, which has developed similarly planned properties in Guadalupe County. Principals of the venture include Reggie Tuck and Bob Poorman.
Quay Rancher Juanita Wallis said, “I’m pleased because of the water.”
Another rancher, whose property adjoins Pinon Point, Jerry Bradley, said, “I was pleasantly surprised (with the commission’s decision).”
Poorman of Ranch Enterprises, who attended the meeting, said he did not know what steps would be taken following the commission’s decision.