By Gwynne Ann Unruh

The Paper.

July 4, 2022

There is a lot at stake for community members in opposition to the Santolina development and they want to be sure that, when they raise their voices in disapproval, they are heard.

The Bernalillo County Commissioners (BCC) Santolina hearing (Zoning Meeting) scheduled for June 28 was originally an in-person meeting only. Community members and their representatives, who have opposed the massive development for over a decade, mobilized phone callers asking for the same treatment for the Santolina hearing as the BCC’s June 21 meeting, which was scheduled online “due to an increase in COVID cases in the state and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of county employees and citizens at-large.”

The BCC has since postponed the Santolina hearing until August 16 at 2 pm due to “a lack of quorum and accessibility issues.”

Bernalillo County is about to make a major decision on the latest plans submitted by Western Albuquerque Land Holdings (WALH) for the Santolina property development on Albuquerque’s West Side. At full build-out, the development will be the size of Santa Fe. There are several points of contention around the detrimental aspects of the development for local community members. …

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