As New Mexico becomes more urbanized it will have to meet the challenge of growing while still supporting traditional communities. Part of this will be to keep from using up all of the water for cities. While there is plenty of space for growth - there is not enough water for all the growth some want.
Taking this water away from rural communities will reduce the health of those communities and also eliminating part of the economic base. Thus forcing people to the cities - or usually Albuquerque. Reducing the space and water use of Albuquerque is a key for many other things. Maybe the Portland 20 Minute Neighborhood is a good model. What do you think?