- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bernalillo County commissioners have punted a final decision on the future of a planned community west of Albuquerque that developers say could someday be home to as many as 90,000 people.

Commissioners decided Thursday to schedule another hearing on the development known as Santolina for May 11.

The nearly 22-square-mile development would rival some of New Mexico’s largest cities once completed.

It’s the largest development master plan ever considered by Bernalillo County.

Opponents of the plan spoke out in an effort to convince county commissioners to vote down the development. They say the community would take away needed water resources in Albuquerque’s South Valley.

The development would be located along Interstate 40 and would have its own business parks and town centers.

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