This weekend, the public got its first up-close glimpse at a high-dollar property purchased with taxpayer money in Santa Fe County.
The county purchased the ranch—formerly known as the Ranch at Santa Fe Canyon and now called La Bajada Ranch—for $7 million in 2009, ending a contentious battle over what landowners should be allowed to build there. But county commissioners haven't decided what to do with the land yet.
A map provided on the Nov. 23 tour identifies 265 acres as a possible conservation area that's unsuitable for development; 60 acres as the best location for development; and 145 acres suitable for development with restrictions.
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In the meantime, if you missed the tour, check photos of the beautiful property, located in La Cienega:
Mark Hogan, division director for projects and facilities for Santa Fe County, estimated 60 to 80 showed up for the opening of the ranch.