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Proposed Santolina Development


Proposed Santolina Master Plan (

Proposed Santolina Master Plan (

A new proposal to develop land west of Albuquerque is a topic of intense debate among local community members.

The Santolina Master Plan would develop land that was once part of the Atrisco Land Grant. Developers want to turn the land into homes, businesses, schools and parks. Supporters say it’s necessary as part of efforts to plan for future growth in the Albuquerque metro area. Opponents say the development will be a further strain on already limited financial and water resources.

NMiF correspondent Floyd Vasquez sat down with representatives from both sides of the debate.

John Garcia, Executive Vice President – Home Builders Association
Rod Mahoney, President – South Valley Coalition of Neighborhood Associations
Virginia Necochea, Director – Center for Social Sustainable Systems (CESOSS)
Jim Strozier, Principal – Consensus Planning, Inc.

Mentioned in the show:
Bernalillo County Commission Recommendations – December 2014
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Association – Lettter to Bernalillo County Planning Commission
ABCWUA Email Response to NMiF

Web Extra: 

Mentioned in the online discussion:
Santolina Adjusted Economic Estimates by Kelly O’Donnell
Economic Impact Summary Memoradum to Western Albuquerque Land Holdings

This week’s line opinion panelists also shared their reactions to the proposed Santolina development:

Line Panelists:
Dede Feldman, Former State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Julie Ann Grimm, Editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Harry Van Buren, Professor,  Anderson School of Management