ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque city councilor wants the city to start buying land around the Petroglyphs. The goal is to keep developers from surrounding the historic site with rows upon rows of new homes.

People who live in this area say this view and open space is why they moved out here, and they like this idea of keeping it the way it is now.

“It’s a wonderful thing. This is beautiful land, and I think it’s great that the city is considering doing this. Their open space program through the years has been fantastic,” said Richard Boyle.

Councilor Isaac Benton is pushing a bill for the city to buy 60 acres of land called “La Cuentista”. It’s located on Kimmick near Paseo Del Norte. It is right up against the Petroglyphs National Monument. The land comes with a price tag of one and a half million dollars.

People living nearby say more subdivisions built on the land would mean worse views and more traffic, which could drive the value of their homes down.

“Ultimately, it would lower the aesthetic appeal of the homes because many of the people have wonderful views from the homes with the mountains in the background,” said Boyle.  Benton will introduce this bill at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Councilor Dan Lewis, who serves this district, is all for the idea as long as the city gets a good price on the land.

The mayor’s office did not want to comment yet on the idea.