Hearings continue for proposed development

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A big proposed development in southwest Bernalillo County is getting a lot of attention and a lot of questions. Many people want to know where water for the massive Santolina master plan community will come from.

The Bernalillo County Planning Commission is in the process of holding several hearings to address issues related to Santolina.

Wednesday’s hearing was all about the development’s environmental impact and water.

Western Albuquerque Land Holdings is seeking approval from Bernalillo County for Santolina. In 50 years, developers say the nearly 14,000 acre property could be a self-sufficient community with 37,000 homes and apartments and 75,000 jobs.

The Santolina site, though, is outside of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s service area.

“We have been in discussions with them and they’re planning for growth within the community,” Jim Strozier, principal with Census Planning, said during the hearing. “We feel that we are a part of that growth that they are planning for.”

The planning commission says even though an agreement between the water authority and developers isn’t necessary until the next step, the commission wants more information now, including specifics of where the water will come from.

The planning commission could make a decision this fall on the preliminary plan.

Another hearing is scheduled for July 30 to discuss government services.

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