Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

City Council Influence Derails Zoning Process.(Final)(Editorial)

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Politics has become an expensive luxury in the city's process of regulating development.

When considering development issues, city councilors are apt to favor voters in their district, particularly neighborhood associations. That natural inclination should be balanced by the other councilors, who ought to be more focused on whether the rules were followed. Too often, however, other members defer to the councilor in the affected district, hoping in return for support on their own back-yard issues.

But what may be good politics makes for bad policy. Developers, investors and business people who have moved through the process in good faith -- and often at considerable expense -- end up suing. …

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