City Council initiates a number of studies and projects. Take a look at the many reports completed to date.
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About Don Harris
Councilor Harris has served his community as New Mexico’s Assistant Attorney General and as Assistant Albuquerque City Attorney representing law enforcement.
Councilor Harris began practicing law after graduating from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law. He continues this work as a private attorney along with his duties as a City Councilor.
Improving the lives of children is an important issue in his professional and personal life. Councilor Harris has focused his attention on the need for foster parents and the adoption of children with special needs. Councilor Harris has been a foster parent himself on several occasions and adopted his last foster child into his home. This sense of family has driven him to fight for the families of District 9 through several projects including building new parks, community centers, and making the area more inviting. Ensuring sufficient fire protection through the construction of a new fire station and strong coordination with the Albuquerque Police Department are crucial factors in providing a safe environment for all the residents of Albuquerque.
In 2009, Councilor Harris won re-election to a second term as your District 9 councilor. Listed below are his current committee assignments, in addition to these Councilor Harris was Council President in 2010.
Councilor Harris’ Vision for a Stronger Community
Revitalization of the Route 66 Corridor will require a combination of public and private investments in the area. Councilor Harris believes that small businesses are the backbone to any local economy including East Gateway. By Working with business owners and associations in the area, the perception of the Route 66 region will change, allowing for a more inviting neighborhood for families.
In an effort to make District 9 more inviting, projects to clean up and rebuild current parks and community centers can drive new interest in the area. The introduction of new activity hubs, such as a community center in the center of the district and the addition of a public library are projects that are currently being pursued. Utilizing our unique open space is a significant factor in creating an environment that is welcoming to hikers and everyday residents connecting with nature close to home. Making the city not only business friendly, but also esthetically pleasing is important to the morale and reputation of an area such as East Gateway.
Transportation is an aspect of growing the local economy that Councilor Harris has been focused on, including the Juan Tabo and Southern expansion project. Improving mass transit, individual car travel, and bike paths are all portions of the overall solution to attracting new jobs to the area.
With the necessary transportation within, to, and from the area – Councilor Harris and his office have begun working with planners and developers to get key projects started.
Through this economic growth, new families will call District 9 their home. Councilor Harris has always made every effort to create safe neighborhoods throughout Albuquerque and he will continue to do so. Coordination with our police department and local neighborhood associations will create a more aware community.
New modes of transportation, revitalized homes, high-tech jobs, and a safe environment will drive a new standard for a stronger community, one we can all be proud of.
Current Committee Appointments
- Land Use, Planning & Zoning Committee
- Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Commission
- Mid-Region Council of Governments
- Regional Transit District
- Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau
Contact Councilor Harris’ Office
Phone: (505) 768-3123
2010-2012 Redistricting Process
Volcano Trails Sector Development Plan, Volcano Mesa Amendment to the Westside Strategic Plan, Volcano Cliffs Sector Development Plan
North Fourth Street Rank III Corridor Plan
Charter Review Task Force, Form Based Zones, South Yale Sector Development Plan, Uptown Sector Development Plan
21st Century Transportation Task Force
"Big Box" Regulations, Nob Hill Highland Sector Development Plan, Volcano Heights Sector Development Plan
12th and Menaul / Former Albuquerque Indian School Site, Huning Highland-East Downtown (EDO) Planning, Montaño Corridor Studies
4th and Montaño Coalition, Community Economic Forum 2004, Downtown Arena, Planned Growth Strategy
Unification Report, Parking Operations and Financial Review, Police Oversight Study, Albuquerque's Industrial Revenue Bond Program: Community Stakeholder Perspectives and Recommendations, Analysis of Albuquerque's Industrial Revenue Bond Program, APD Total Compensation Comparison and Overtime Analysis
Police Oversight Task Force Report to the Albuquerque City Council, Report on the Oversight Mechanisms of the Albuquerque Police Department