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Project Overview

Western Albuquerque Land Holdings has been seeking approval of a Planned Communities Master Plan called the ‘Santolina Master Plan’ in southwestern Bernalillo County.

The plan area is approximately 13,700 acres, and is generally bound by Interstate 40 to the north, 118th Street and the escarpment open space to the east, the Pajarito Mesa to the south, and the escarpment area adjacent to the Rio Puerco Valley on the west. 

Along with access from I-40, the property is can be reached from several existing roadways, including Central Avenue, Dennis Chavez Boulevard, Atrisco Vista Boulevard, and 118th Street.

In June, 2015, the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners adopted the Santolina Level A Master Plan for the entire 13,700-acre property.

The request for approval of the more specific Santolina Level B Master plan for a 4,243-acre portion of the property was submitted in January, 2016, and is currently under review by county staff and other agencies.

County staff and other agencies are responsible for reviewing the Santolina Master Plan, paying particular attention to its overall compliance with the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan and the Planned Communities Criteria

Santolina Land Use PlanSantolina Vicinity Map


 

Commission Approves Level B1 Master Plan for Santolina Development

09/15/2017

The Bernalillo County Commission tonight approved the next step in the planning process for the Santolina development, by approving the Level B1 Master Plan on a 3-2 vote.

The Level B1 Master Plan covers about 4,000 acres and provides more detail about where housing, businesses and community services would be located within the development. The 4,000 acres is only part of the larger planned development, which is more than 13,000 acres.

Commissioners Wayne Johnson, Lonnie Talbert and Steven Michael Quezada voted yes. Commissioners Debbie O’Malley and Maggie Hart Stebbins voted no.

Now, developers may begin negotiations with the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Water Authority over water.

Tuesday’s vote is the latest action in a multi-year process involving the development, which would cover more than 13,000 acres in far southwestern Bernalillo County.

The next step is likely for the county and the developer to begin negotiations over a development agreement. A development agreement outlines responsibilities associated with infrastructure like roads and sewers, and who pays for them.

In 2015 the county commission approved a Level A Master Plan, which is a big picture concept for how a major development will come together over time.

Earlier this month, on Aug. 15, the board amended conditions for that Level A plan. The amendments cleared the way for the developer to negotiate a water development agreement with the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority later in the process.

After the Level B process is finished, there’s another step in the planning process. The Level C development plans would include the actual building plans for any subdivision or commercial development. County planners will not be able to accept any final plans unless water is secured.

Today, Santolina is largely undeveloped.

In 2015, Western Albuquerque Land Holdings received 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 five 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.

Visit www.bernco.gov/santolina for more information.

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Santolina Level B Master Plan - Documents/Background

On Jan. 25, 2016, the Santolina Level B Master Plan was submitted to Bernalillo County's Planning and Development Services Department. The Santolina Level B Master Plan is currently under review by Bernalillo County staff and other agencies as part of a public hearing process. The plan was considered by the County Planning Commission at its March 2, 2016 public hearing; and a series of special hearings were scheduled based on topic. 

At the January 4, 2017 public hearing, the County Planning Commission recommended to the Board of County Commissioners approval of the Santolina Level B.I Plan. Here is the Notification of Decision and here is the Staff Report compiled in advance of the Jan. 4 hearing. 

 


 

Santolina Level B.I Plan Public Hearing – April 4, 2017
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Santolina Level B.I Plan Public Hearing and Appeal - March 14, 2017
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County Planning Commission Hearing- January 4, 2017
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Bernalillo County Board Administrative Meeting - Nov. 15, 2016
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County Planning Commission - November 2, 2016
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County Planning Commission - July 21, 2016
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County Planning Commission - June 23, 2016
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County Planning Commission - May 26, 2016
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County Planning Commission - April 27, 2016
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County Planning Commission - March 2, 2016
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Level B Master Plan Submittal - Jan. 25, 2016
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In addition, a revised Level A Transportation Master Plan was submitted on Jan. 25, 2016 to address the conditions of approval for the Level A Transportation Plan.


 

Santolina Level A Master Plan - Documents/Background

The County Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners had a series of hearings on the Santolina Level A master plan throughout 2014 and 2015 - see the past meeting schedule.

To view the staff report and related attachments from the Dec. 3, 2014 CPC hearing, please go to the main meeting agenda

All documents/presentations/reports below are pertaining to the original Santolina Level A  Master Plan submittal.

Santolina Level A Master Plan - Final Documents
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June 16, 2015 Board of County Commissioners Meeting Documents
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May 28, 2015 Board of County Commissioners Meeeting Documents
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Dec. 3, 2014 - County Planning Commission Recommendations to BCC for Santolina Level A Master Plan
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Previous Plan Drafts
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Technical Appendices
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Presentations From Staff
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Original Presentations From Project Agent
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