Transmountain Road Development Decision Postponed

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 5:20pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 5:37pm

EL PASO - It'll take another three months, at least, before El Paso City Council decides whether to preserve nearly 800 acres of open space around Transmountain Road.

The Public Service Board argues that El Paso needs to develop this area, which would keep water prices down among other things.

But, others say they want to preserve open spaces and arrollos at the base of the Franklin Mountains, but they are willing to make some compromises.

"If roads are elevated over arrollos, if its footprint is small and it still allows animals and everybody else to walk through the open space," a petitioner, Jim Tolbert, said.

"That means that when we sell that land we use it for capital improvements to replace water lines, sewer lines and build new facilities so if that money isn't that there then obviously the rate payer is going to have to pick up the rate in time, not right away," Ed Archuleta, CEO and President of the PSB said.

In the next few months city leaders will have time to decide whether building Paseo del Norte to connect to Transmountain road is necessary and if so what type of road it would be.

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