Protestors Rally Against Development at West Albuquerque
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The development plan at west Albuquerque drew opposition from the people. Around 150 people gathered to protest against the Santolina Master Plan on Wednesday.

People from many community organizations, some of them on tractors, marched towards the Bernalillo County Commission office, to protest and voice their concerns regarding the proposal. They voiced their concern about the effects the development plan will have on the limited water supply in the area.

Virginia Necochea, executive director of the Center for Social Sustainable Systems, said that they are just trying to raise awareness about the negative impacts the development plan would have on the area. She said that the communities should come first.

The protesters listened to the testimonies of the county staffers and other agencies, regarding the water supply and land-use regulations and economic assumptions. But the decision regarding the approval of the plan was scheduled on Thursday at 9 a.m.

Santolina is the biggest scheme ever considered by the Bernalillo County. It would around 22 square miles on the far West Side, near 118th and Interstate 40. The supporters said that the proposal could be home for 90,000 people in the future.

According to the developers, the plan would ensure smart and well-coordinated growth and attract employers to the West Side.

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