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BernCo Commission Approves Santolina Public Improvement Districts

The Bernalillo County Commission this evening approved the creation of Santolina Public Improvement Districts 1 through 40, which are political subdivisions of the state, separate from county government.

The districts would help pay for development and local infrastructure costs for new residential and commercial development west of Albuquerque, such as water lines and roads. The districts would be able to collect a special property assessment on homes and businesses within the districts, which can then be used to pay for these costs. This special property assessment would be in addition to all other existing property taxes and charges for the area within the districts. Today, no homes or businesses are located within the proposed development.

The application was submitted by Western Albuquerque Land Holdings, LLC. Public improvement districts are allowed by state law and have been used in other places throughout the state. The measure passed on a 4-1 vote.

No property owners, residents or businesses outside the public improvement districts would have to pay the assessment or extra taxes.

Last year, 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.

For more information on the plan, visit www.bernco.gov/santolina.

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