Location: Albuquerque, NM
Opposing Parties: Bernalillo County Planning Commission
Initiation Date: December 2014
Clients/Partners: SouthWest Organizing Project, New Mexico Health Equity Working Group, Pajarito Village Association
Attorneys: Douglas Meiklejohn, Jaimie Park
The Law Center represents community groups in their effort to prevent approval for a 90,000+ person planned development proposed for the west side of Albuquerque. The Santolina development, which must be approved by the Bernalillo County Commission, would require nearly 20 million gallons of water per day, at least 20 schools, and two interchanges on I-40. Experts assert that the development will draw natural and financial resources away from other neighborhoods in Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque, and will cause taxes to be raised for everyone in the region.
01/25/2017 - NMELC files amended appeal of recommendation to approve Santolina Level B.1 plan
11/22/2016 - District Court Judge Franchini issues order denying motion to dismiss appeal.
05/04/2016 - NMELC files Brief Addressing the Filing of their First Amended Notice of Appeal
03/17/2016 - NMELC files Reply to Bernalillo County Response to Statement of Appellate Issues.
12/21/2015 - NMELC files Statement of Appellate Issues.
06/26/2015 - NMELC files Notice of Appeal against Commission’s approval of zone change.
06/08/2015 - NMELC files Comments on Draft Development Agreement and on Findings and Conditions of Proposed Development.
05/27/2015 - NMELC files Notice of Appeal against Commission’s denial of clients appeal.
05/11/2015 - The County Commission denied our clients’ appeal of the Master Plan by a vote of 3 to 2. The hearing is scheduled to resume on May 28, 2015.
05/07/2015 - NMELC files Motion to Postpone hearing scheduled for May 11, 2015.
03/25/2015 - Public hearing in Albuquerque on master plan.
03/24/2015 - NMELC files Motion for Recusal and Disqualification
12/29/2014 - Law Center files amended appeals of the Planning Commission’s recommendation that the County Commission approve the proposed master plan and of the Planning Commission’s approval of the zone map change.
11/22/2016 - Order Denying Motion to Dismiss Appeal
03/17/2016 - Reply to Response to Santolina Appeal
12/21/2015 - Statement of Appellate Issues
06/26/2015 - Notice of Appeal over Zone change
05/27/2015 - Notice of Appeal over Master Plan
05/07/2015 - Motion to Postpone
03/24/2015 - Motion for Recusal and Disqualification