Santolina was recommended for approval in December of 2014 by the planning commission.
The developers’ lawyer, John Salazar, says at this stage they are simply asking the county commission to go ahead and approve a conceptual plan for shops, industrial parks and neighborhoods southwest of Downtown Albuquerque.
He says once the plan is fully approved but before anything is actually built, developers would bring more specific proposals to the commission.
“At each level, before we can get our building permit,” Salazar said, “we’re going to have to comply with what the county wants at the end of the day.”
Santolina opponents want the commission to deny the proposal altogether because of the strain 38,000 homes would put on scarce water resources.
Though the meeting is open to the public, the commission will not be hearing comment tonight. County commissioners might vote on the plan by the end of the month.