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Pending Proposal Would Protect Open Space For 25 Years

Bernalillo County – Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins today announced that the Bernalillo County Commission has unanimously approved moving forward with formal negotiations to protect the University of New Mexico’s North Golf Course as open space.

The commission on Tuesday voted 5-0 to move forward on negotiations with the university on an agreement that would protect the 80 acre golf course from development for 25 years.

“The North Golf Course is the last best open space in Bernalillo County’s densely populated core, and I am pleased to have the support of my fellow commissioners on protecting this urban oasis,” Commissioner Hart Stebbins says. “I want to thank the many, many people from around the county who have worked so hard to make this happen.”

Bernalillo County is proposing to invest $1.5 million in open space funds to upgrade the pedestrian path, the irrigation system and to make other landscape improvements.

In exchange, the university would protect the area from development for 25 years.

Bernalillo County’s Open Space Program currently manages about 1,000 acres at 12 properties around the county. The properties are located in the North and South Valleys and the East Mountains.

“My constituents are big supporters of open space and this is a great chance to preserve undeveloped green space in the heart of the city,” Commissioner Hart Stebbins says.