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After a two-hour hearing before the Albuquerque City Council, a controversial West Side housing development is headed back to where it started.
The council decided late Monday to return the Overlook at Oxbow project to the Environmental Planning Commission rather than grant or reject two appeals filed after the EPC in March approved the Overlook’s site development plan.
Following a highly technical discussion about whether the project near the Oxbow wetlands met the standards of the city’s year-old Integrated Development Ordinance, Councilor Trudy Jones said she wanted the EPC to take another look. She said the appointed board of citizens had the expertise to better evaluate the issues at play. Of particular concern is whether the project exceeds density limits and provides enough open space.