Commissioners to discuss ART project, Santolina development

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Commissioners are preparing to discuss a resolution to put the Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project on the November ballot.

A decision on that resolution is expected to be made Tuesday. It could give voters the chance to say whether they’re in support or opposed to ART.

“The idea is to advise the city on how to move forward for the will of the voters,” said County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley.

Commissioner O’Malley is behind the push to get the question on the November ballot. However, the vote would have no legal effect.

This comes just a week after the Albuquerque City Council were set to discuss possibly polling voters on the project, but the council didn’t vote on that proposal.

Last Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that construction on the ART project can move forward, although it has yet to rule on the appeal itself.

Major work on the project is set to start in the coming days.

Also on Tuesday night’s agenda, commissioners are expected to discuss another controversial project — the Santolina development.

Commissioners will try and approve the application and petition of a developer wanting to build on the west side of the county. Residents have opposed it, saying there’s not enough water to support it.

Commissioners will also be selecting one nominee to fill the vacant Senate District 19 seat. This will be sent to Gov. Susana Martinez for consideration. That individual who is appointed will serve until December 31st to cover the rest of the year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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