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Santolina Approval Stalls Without Water Contract

Jul 22, 2016

 The Bernalillo County approval process for a huge housing development on Albuquerque’s west side stalled on Thursday.

The county planning commission chair blamed the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority for not working with Santolina developers to get a water contract in place that would spell out water availability for the 38,000-unit housing development.

But Trudy Jones, chair of the water utility board, pushed back on that. 

"I think the question to ask is of the developer. Where are they with the agreement with the water authority?" said Jones.

Santolina agent Jim Strozier presented updated parts of the plan at Thursday's meeting

Planning commissioners said they need Santolina developers to give more specifics around job creation strategies, zoning and design. They say they will no longer hold special planning meetings to consider the development proposal. Instead they’ll review new information at regularly scheduled monthly meetings.