Sponsored Legislation for District 3.
Councilor Benton has a proven record of working with others to get important legislation adopted. He has researched, developed, and carried many pieces of legislation, and he has also worked in partnership with nearly every other member of the Council to see resolutions and ordinances through the legislative process.
- Planning and Zoning
- Public Safety
- Economic Development
- Transportation and Infrastructure
Form-Based Zones (O-08-58)
- Led a two-year effort to have new “mixed-use/transit-oriented” zones added to the City’s Zoning Code. Process included a citywide Town Hall meeting, 9 community meetings (one in each Council district), 4 hearings before the Environmental Planning Commission, one hearing at the Council’s Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee, and one hearing before the full Council. Numerous hours spent working with different stakeholder groups to improve and revise legislation.
Front-yard parking bill
- Limiting the percentage of a residential front yard that can be paved and used for parking (O-07-61 – co-sponsored w/Mayer)
O-11-66 AMENDING CHAPTER 14, ARTICLE 16, SECTION 2, PART 16 OF ROA 1994, A PORTION THE ZONING CODE REGARDING THE C-1 NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL ZONE, TO ADD LOCATION, BUFFERING AND SITE DESIGN REGULATIONS AND SETTING A LIMITATION ON THE NUMBER OF FUELING STATIONS AS A PERMISSIVE USE FOR THE SALE OF GASOLINE, OIL AND LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS.
This Ordinance created new regulations on the development of gas stations in the C-1 zone to reduce the negative impacts, including traffic congestion, on residential neighborhoods that are adjacent to a gas station. It contains site layout and access requirements. It also makes stations with more than 8 fueling stations a conditional, rather than permissive, use for C-1 zoned properties, which requires neighborhood notification and a public hearing for approval.
O-11-69 AMENDING THE ZONING CODE, SUBSECTIONS 14-16-1-5(B) AND 14-16-3- 5(A), (B), (C) AND (D) ROA 1994 TO UPDATE THE REGULATION OF ELECTRONIC SIGNS; ADDING RESTRICTIONS TO NEW OFF-PREMISE ELECTRONIC SIGNS
This Ordinance created new regulations for electronic commercial signs, including restrictions on brightness, motion, and location. Previously, there were no regulations in the zoning code to keep such signs from becoming a nuisance.
Barelas Sector Development Plan
R-07-327 C/S Repealing the 1993 Barelas Sector Development Plan; Adopting the 2007 Barelas Sector Development Plan for the Area Bounded by Alcalde Place and Coal Avenue on the North, Commercial Street on the East, Avenida Cesar Chavez on the South, and the Albuquerque Riverside Drain on the West; Changing the Zone Map and/or Text for Certain Properties Within the 2007 Barelas Sector Development Plan Boundary.
This Resolution repealed an earlier sector plan for the Barelas Community from 1993, and replaced it with an updated one. The new sector plan was designed to increase safety and promote economic development while maintaining the culture, and preserving the historical significance and sense of community in the Barelas area.
South Yale Sector Development Plan
R-07-203 For An Area of Approximately 519 Acres And Bordered Generally By St. Cyr On The North, Columbia and Girard On The East, Gibson On The South, and University On The West; Adopting The 2008 South Yale Sector Development Plan; Changing Existing Zoning To SU-1/Church, Yale Corridor Commercial (YCC), Residential Multi-Family (RMF 1 and RMF 2), Neighborhood Mixed Use (NMX), Planned Neighborhood Residential (PNR)
The South Yale Sector Plan was designed to develop retail and commercial businesses, promote safety and ease of access in the present neighborhoods, and reflect the culture of New Mexico in the South Yale area of Albuquerque.
O-06-34 CREATING A NEW SECTION 2-12-2 ROA 1994 INSERTING DEFINITIONS; AMENDING SECTION 2-12-1 ROA 1994 TO RESERVE 3% OF THE GENERAL FUND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS AND INCLUDE ENTERPRISE FUND PROGRAMS IN THE ENERGY SET-ASIDE; AMENDING 14-8-5 ROA 1994 RELATING TO THE ENERGY CONSERVATION COUNCIL TO CLARIFY THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL AND CHANGE THE NAME OF THE COUNCIL.
This Ordinance allocated 3% of the general capital improvement program fund to be used specifically in investing in energy conservation and renewable energy.
O-07-73 AMENDING SECTION 14-1-3(M) ROA 1994 TO ADOPT THE 2006 INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE; CREATING THE ALBUQUERQUE HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING CERTAIN ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE PRACTICES IN CONSTRUCTION (co-sponsored with Cadigan).
O-07-105 ADOPTING A UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE CODE AND TECHNICAL CODES PRESCRIBING MINIMUM STANDARDS REGULATING THE CONSTRUCTION, ALTERATION, MOVING, REPAIR, USE, OCCUPANCIES OF BUILDINGS, STRUCTURES, BUILDING SERVICE EQUIPMENT AND INSTALLATIONS; PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF PERMITS AND COLLECTING FEES; REPEALING THE PRESENT UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE CODE, AND THE PRESENT TECHNICAL CODES, PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF THE CODE (co-sponsored with Cadigan and Heinrich).
These Ordinances established green building and design standards to promote healthier living and greater environmental responsibility. These standards were designed with a high degree of cost effectiveness and implement part of the International Energy Conservation Code into Albuquerque’s building codes.
Tree removal moratorium
- Prohibiting removal of trees from City properties without consulting the City Forester (R-07-267)
R-07-260 EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION OPEN SPACE LAND ACQUISITION PROJECT TO INCLUDE THE ACQUISITION OF APPROXIMATELY FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY ACRES OF LAND ADJACENT TO THE CITY’S EXISTING GUTIERREZ CANYON OPEN SPACE IN THE EAST MOUNTAINS FOR USE AS OPEN SPACE (co-sponsored with Heinrich).
This Resolution provided $500,000 to be used in the purchase of 420 acres of land, adjacent to open space land in Gutierrez Canyon; the purchased land was used to expand the open space area in Gutierrez Canyon.
O-06-57 AMENDING SECTION 8-2-1-24 ROA 1994, A PORTION OF THE TRAFFIC CODE, TO PROVIDE A CRIMINAL PENALTY FOR TALKING ON OR OTHERWISE OPERATING A HAND-HELD CELLULAR PHONE WHILE DRIVING A VEHICLE; CREATING EXCEPTIONS (co-sponsored with Sanchez).
This Ordinance put in place a ban on using a non-hands free cellular device while driving; this was done in response to the rising number of traffic accidents caused by using cellular devices while driving.
O-09-80 AMENDING SECTION 7-10-3 ROA 1994, THE VEHICLE NUISANCE ORDINANCE TO EXPAND VIOLATIONS TO INCLUDE REVVING OF ENGINES TO MAGNIFY ENGINE NOISE.
This Ordinance was created to abate the excessive noise intentionally created by drivers of automobiles and motorcycles, as the excessive noise constituted a public nuisance.
Mesa del Sol Tax Increment Development Districts and Master Development Agreement
- Including negotiating higher affordable housing percentages
Acquisition and Development of the Historic Rail Yards
R-07-202, R-07-274, and R-07-332 appropriated funding for the purchase of the Historic BNSF Locomotive Shope in Barelas (Rail Yards).
R-08-47 APPROVING A PRE-DEVELOPMENT PROCESS FOR THE RAIL YARDS 2 PROPERTY; MAKING AN APPROPRIATION.
This Resolution designated appropriate uses of the rail yards property that the city had acquired to ensure that the historic significance of the rail yards was maintained and that the residents of the Barelas and South Broadway neighborhoods had a voice in the redevelopment of the rail yards.
O-06-1 and O-07-1 DESIGNATING EL VADO MOTEL A CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE LANDMARK.
These Ordinances called upon the City to officially recognize the El Vado Motel as a Albuquerque Landmark for its’ historical significance in the motel’s architecture and association with automobile tourism on U.S. Highway 66. The City purchased the property for preservation.
R-13-183 APPROVING THE HISTORIC CENTRAL METROPOLITAN REDEVELOPMENT AREA PLAN
The Historical Central Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan is a holistic approach to rehabilitate, preserve historic structures, and improve the economic viability of the Historic Central Corridor.
O-06-8 DEFINING AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALBUQUERQUE’S WORKING FAMILIES; DIRECTING AN ON-GOING FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC WORKFORCE HOUSING PLAN AND NEEDS ASSESSMENT; REQUIRING PROGRAM ELEMENTS; PROVIDING FUNDING IN THE CITY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AND GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM; CREATING A WORKFORCE HOUSING TRUST FUND; ASSURING THAT RESOURCES ARE DIRECTED TO FAMILIES ACCORDING TO INCOME AND NEED; PROVIDING FOR A PACKAGE OF INCENTIVES TO SUPPORT THE EFFICIENT AND COST EFFECTIVE PRODUCTION OF WORKFORCE HOUSING; REQUIRING NOTIFICATION OF RESIDENTS IN LAND USE ACTIONS THAT MAY RESULT IN DISPLACEMENT; REQUIRING WORKFORCE HOUSING RECOMMENDATION BE INCLUDED AS AN ELEMENT IN CITY PLANS AND INCORPORATED INTO THE PLANNED GROWTH STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION.
This Ordinance created a trust fund for purchasing land and issuing home loans for affordable workforce housing projects.
District 3 Storm Drainage Prioritization
R-06-123 CALLING ON THE ADMINISTRATION TO PLACE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY ON STORM DRAINAGE RENOVATION AND REHABILITATION PROJECTS THAT DIRECTLY AFFECT THE AREAS THAT FLOODED DURING RECENT RAINSTORMS AND TO WORK WITH THE ALBUQUERQUE/BERNALILLO COUNTY WATER UTILITY AUTHORITY TO COORDINATE TESTING, MAINTENANCE AND RESPONSIBILITIES WITH RESPECT TO THE STORM DRAINAGE SYSTEM.
This Resolution called attention to the deficiencies within Albuquerque’s storm drainage infrastructure after flooding in 2006. This resolution paved the way for subsequent appropriations for storm drainage infrastructure improvements and resulted in storm drainage retention ponds being built in Barelas (Tingley Park with brand new park constructed as well) and Santa Barbara Marinteztown (Lomas & Broadway pond) to prevent future devastating floods.
Ordinance O-09-75 IMPOSING AN EXCISE TAX EQUAL TO ONE-FOURTH OF ONE PERCENT OF GROSS RECEIPTS; DEDICATING REVENUES RECEIVED FROM THE TAX FOR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS.
This Ordinance raised funds to be allocated for road rehabilitation, road maintenance, and public transit systems.
Transportation Infrastructure Tax and Streetcar bills
- Including O-07-71
- Cost/benefit analysis
- Creation of the 21st Century Transportation Task Force
- 21st Century Transportation Task Force Final Report (OC-08-15)