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Bernalillo County – The Bernalillo County Commission today approved the Santolina Master Plan as amended.

The commission also approved a zoning change for the property from generally rural agricultural to a planned community zone.

Both measures passed on a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Art De La Cruz, Wayne Johnson and Lonnie Talbert voted in favor. Commissioners Maggie Hart Stebbins and Debbie O’Malley voted against.

The commission also heard public comment on a proposed master development agreement between the county and the developer. No vote was taken on the master development agreement. That portion of the hearing has been continued to June 24 at 1:30 p.m.

Western Albuquerque Land Holdings requested approval of a Planned Communities Level A Master Plan and Planned Communities Zoning for 13,851 acres of undeveloped land in the southwestern area of Bernalillo County.

The Santolina Master Plan, which is contingent upon future demand and market conditions, provides a general framework for development over the next 40 to 50 years, to include residential villages and village commercial uses, two business parks, a town center, an industrial/business park, and an urban center, along with parks, trails, public open space, educational facilities, roads and utilities. Over time, the applicant proposes that the project will be developed with approximately 38,000 households and provide approximately 75,000 jobs.

While the master plan provides a general framework for development, the proposed development agreement provides details on the responsibilities of both the county and the developer.

Today’s action is the first step of a three step process before development can occur. The next step in the process would be Level B village plans. The final step includes the building permitting process.

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About Bernalillo County
Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 674,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $500 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.