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SANTA FE, N.M. -- The Santa Fe County Commission has voted
not to extend county water service to a proposed subdivision near La
Residents of La Cienega have objected to the planned 1,316-acre,
512-home subdivision over worries about how much water is available.
A land use attorney representing the proposed Santa Fe Canyon
Ranch development told commissioners if they don't add the
development to the county water system, the developers will apply to
the state engineer's office to drill new wells.
"This is not a question of whether or not La Cienega residents
should or should not get water," attorney Rosanna Vazquez said. "Nor
is this a question of whether or not this development will go forward
-- because this development is going to go forward. It will go
forward either on wells ... or it will go forward on the county
But Carl Pickens of the La Cienega Valley Association asked how
the commission could extend county water to the subdivision when
commissioners recently refused to extend the system to existing La
La Cienega resident J.J. Gonzales said the county water system has
been "developer-driven" and that it's time for the county to take
control. Another resident, Ray Romero, said continued growth is
drying up the area's natural springs.
The only La Cienega resident to speak for the extension was former
County Commissioner Linda Grill, who said giving the proposed
development county water will keep it from using up water in the
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