Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Battle Looms Over Quail Ranch Action.(Final)(Editorial)


After 17 years of haggling with Bernalillo County and the city of Albuquerque, West Side developer John Black finally got his Quail Ranch subdivision annexed -- by Rio Rancho.

Black's success should sound a cautionary note for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, which stand to lose millions in gross receipts taxes somewhere down the line: It's easier to delay development than to stop it.

That fact might not keep them from trying: The city and county have vowed to fight the annexation, which the Rio Rancho City Council approved Wednesday.

Black said years of delays by Albuquerque and ever-changing development rules in Bernalillo County led him and his partners to hook up with Rio Rancho. …

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