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Another Santolina application heading before Bernalillo County

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bernalillo County has a new application to consider from the development team that envisions a new Rio Rancho-size community on the far West Side.

Western Albuquerque Land Holdings LLC – a company managed by Barclays Capital Real Estate – submitted an application Monday for a “Level B” master plan covering about 6½ square miles.

It’s for the planned community known as “Santolina,” which supporters hope could be home to 90,000 people in 40 to 50 years. The development would lie south of Interstate 40, roughly near 118th Street.

Bernalillo County commissioners last year narrowly approved a “Level A” master plan for Santolina. The new application is for a more detailed plan that covers less territory.

County planners and other staffers will now analyze the application to ensure it’s consistent with what the county has already approved and other requirements for planned communities.

“We’re going to treat it no differently than any other submittal,” said Enrico Gradi, the county’s planning director

The plan’s first hearing is scheduled March 1 before the County Planning Commission, though it’s not clear there will be action that day. After the planning commission makes a recommendation, the County Commission itself will take up the plan.

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If the “Level B” plan is approved, yet more approvals – including a “Level C” plan – will be required before the development of Santolina.

The county plans to post the application and similar material on its website at bernco.gov/santolina before the March 1 hearing.

County staffers will evaluate the plan based on requirements outlined in a city-county document called the “Planned Communities Criteria.”


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