The battle for the residence complicated in northeast Albuquerque continues

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s Development Review Board approved a controversial apartment complex in Alameda and Barstow. However, neighbors in the area are still trying to combat the project.

The main theme was a zone change in 2020 from mixed use that would allow a residential complex to become a single residential zone. The question now is whether the project would have to adhere to the new rules. Opposition lawyer Hessel Ynetma says they should do it. “The latest version 2020 should apply to this decision-making process, not the 2018 version. Because the IDO is a legal enactment that applies to all pending development applications,” said Hessel Yntema.

The property owners claim their application was approved before the new regime came into effect. A fact that the Development Review Board recognizes. “At the time, the application was considered complete, so the subsequent reallocation of the property to R1B in September 2019 will not affect this application,” said Jim Strozier of Consensus Planning.

Some local residents say there is a bigger problem, they are not being heard. They believe the city should convey a simple message to developers. “Even though they have an MXT zone, MXL, that alone doesn’t give them the right or the ability to build whatever they want there,” said Daniel Regan of the District 4 Coalition.

Despite the approval of the DRB, Yntema does not believe that the DRB can make this decision. All other concerns related to traffic impact studies and height restrictions were addressed by the Development Review Board.

KRQE News 13 has asked Ynetma for comment on approval and any future plan but has not received any feedback.

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