Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rural Setting Or Jobs?

Byline: Arley Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

Zoning Commissioner Asks for Priorities

One county zoning official suggested this week it's time for Valencia County residents to decide: Do they want growth with jobs and shopping malls or do they want to perpetuate a semi-rural atmosphere with farms and alfalfa fields?

"Where do we go from here?" county Planning and Zoning commissioner George Koch asked during a meeting of the commission Tuesday.

The commission tabled until February a zone change request so it can get written responses to questions and concerns to Cobisa Corp.'s bid to build a 145-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant on the mesa about five miles west of Belen. …

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