Bernalillo County To Consider Huge Development

Dec 2, 2014


Opponents of the Santolina development say it will become a "zombie development" and compare it to the failed Mesa del Sol project.
Credit Contra Santolina

The Bernalillo County Planning Commission is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to approve a massive development on Albuquerque’s West Mesa.

The proposed Santolina development would spread out across 21 square miles of sand dunes just off Interstate-40, about 5 miles west of the Rio Grande.

The mixed-use development would accommodate close to 100,000 residents with 38,000 homes as well as commercial and industrial buildings.
Credit WALH Master Plan

Juan Reynosa with the Southwest Organizing Project says many people are opposed to the plan because it would divert water away from acequias.

“It threatens the culture and livelihood of farming in the south valley,” Reynosa said. “For them to take away our green belt just to build another development doesn’t seem right at all.”

The project would be a boon to the construction industry but taxpayers would also be burdened with the cost of roads and sewer lines.

If approved the proposal will go before Bernalillo County Commissioners for consideration.