Albuquerque City Council Rejects Wal-Mart Proposal

Mar 5, 2013

The Albuquerque City Council on Monday upheld the denial of a proposed Walmart on the city's West Side. The decision was the result of 30 hours of hearings that took place over a year.

The Albuquerque Journal reports councilors voted unanimously to prevent the large retail store on Coors and Montano, following the recommendation of a land use hearing officer that the proposal didn't have proper access to nearby roads or accommodate foot traffic.

The more than 200 people packed into City Hall meeting chambers cheered the decision.

Two Councilors, Rey Garduno and Roxanna Meyers, recused themselves from the vote, citing the desire to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.  Garduno, for one, had participated in a protest at the site.

City land use decisions like this can be appealed in state district court.