Community groups scored a big win today. For the past eight years, it’s been a back-and-forth battle with Santolina and community groups that oppose a development the size of Santa Fe on Albuquerque’s west mesa. In a highly unusual move, despite the County Staff’s urging to approve the Santolina amendments, the Bernalillo County Planning Commission (CPC) members voted 3-2 to deny amended Level A Master Plan and 3-1 to deny the Level B.II Master Plan for the proposed Santolina development project.
Over 100 people joined the meeting over Zoom and numerous members of the public spoke during public comment opposed to the Santolina project; none spoke in support of the development. Additional community members protested outside the county building in opposition during the hearing….