If the property plat is subject to the covenants and a builder must follow the plat on record; seemingly the Planning and Development office would be able (even required) to enforce that the covenants be followed. We are being told it is a civil matter to force a builder to follow covenants. Verbose: Five years ago I purchased a home in a new subdivision, then came the market crash and the subdivision failed with only two homes built. Now there is a new subdivision owner and he is not following the covenants that are properly recored with the county and recored with our home purchase five years ago. Can this new owner just discard and ignore the covenants? Does the planning office get to say it is just a civil matter and not enforce what is recoreded on the plat?