If campaigning determines development you can't really call it planned
. It's a pet peeve of mine - when we blame failed plans
more often than not it was a failure to plan entirely. This is because so much of development decision-making is handed to those who represent their own interests.
Take development of Albuquerque's Westside. Please.
New Mexico Independent
notes that developer SunCal is supporting Development-friendly state legislators who voted for tax increment financing, or TIDDs during the last legislative session.
SunCal and Atrisco Oil and Gas are hosting an "Election Picnic" tomorrow and the feted include Dan Silva, James Taylor, Linda Lopez, Kiki Saavedra, Ernest Chavez and Bernadette Sanchez.
Gabe Nims noted here earlier this week
: SunCal is dropping money all over the state, hiring a dream team of lobbyists, sponsoring high-dollar fundraisers for key legislators and Democratic Party functions.
There is a lot at stake. TIDDs will boost SunCal's profits spectacularly. And planning? If legislators act on behalf of SunCal by approving TIDDs next session, the City and County will have lost what ever weak little twiggy stick they had to direct the timing and financing of this growth. With approval of TIDD bonds, SunCal is given the power to plan, finance and build public infrastructure – a power that should rightly reside with local government.
Let’s put it another way so there is no mistaking the meaning here. These feckless legislators are colluding in a corporate usurpation of the public’s power – and as a result the public interest is shoved aside. Or shoved where the sun don't shine.
All in the face of an economic downturn. Oh, never mind that! It's a picnic!
Marjorie, at M-Pyre
, asks a question about SunCal's growth that citizens will no longer have the power to answer. It will have been given away.
Should that much land be developed on Albuquerque's west side? Look at it--where's the water going to come from?