District 2 Newsletter 3/13/15
Legislation of Interest
- Two-Year Capital Budget R-15-150: The Council approved a final capital improvements budget for general obligation bonds to be put before the voters in the municipal election this October. Within that budget are the following notable items:
- I successfully increased the amount for the Workforce Housing Trust Fund to $4.5 M (vs. the mayor’s proposed $2.4 M and the Council proposed substitute of $3.4M). These funds are critical to meeting the needs of a huge percentage of Albuquerque families that are rent-burdened to the point where they cannot meet other basic needs – not to mention the homeless population. The Fund leverages private investment from outside New Mexico by a minimum of 4:1!
- Downtown walkability was funded to the tune of $1.3M.
- A replacement rescue vehicle for Station 4 was funded.
- Additional funding was secured for critical storm drainage projects benefiting valley neighborhoods.
- Bosque Construction R-15-171 (Benton): I introduced a new bill establishing procedures for expending funds and implementing future projects in the Bosque. Council voted to defer action until the April 6 Council meeting.
- PNM San Juan Agreement M-15-9 (Benton): With the withdraw of additional supporters of PNM’s Stipulated Agreement for coal generated power at the San Juan generating station, I am introducing legislation once again calling upon the City’s PRC lobbyist to withdraw the City’s support for the Stipulated Agreement. My intention is that the replacement power not include nuclear power, minimize the use of fossil fuels, and maximize the use of renewables.
- Bikeways and Trails Plan R-14-142 (Benton, by request) will be on the agenda for the March 16, 2015 City Council meeting.
- Secondary Dwelling Units O-14-20 (Benton) was moved out of the Land Use Planning & Zoning Committee. It will be scheduled for a first Council hearing at the April 6 meeting but my intent is to defer it for further discussion before final action. O-14-20 amends the Zoning Code to add a definition and regulations for secondary dwelling units. The proposed amendment would make secondary dwelling units a conditional use in the R-1 and RO-1 zones and a permissive use in the R-G and R-2 zones. It also establishes design, size, parking, and occupancy regulations for secondary dwelling units.
- Projects List
- Coming soon: South Broadway Park and Guadalupe Park improvements!
- Coming soon: Downtown Neighborhoods Area traffic calming improvements!
- Sawmill Wells Park Area Traffic Plan received its first hearing at the Land Use Planning & Zoning Committee (LUPZ) this week. It is scheduled for a second LUPZ hearing on Wednesday, April 15.
Upcoming Events & Meetings
- South Valley Transportation Informational Meeting: Thursday, April 2 at 6:00 pm, hosted by the Mid Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) to provide information about multiple state and local transportation projects in the South Valley
- Women of the World Poetry Slam: March 18-21, 2015
- Climate Disruption and our Water Future: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9am-3pm
- Transition Albuquerque: April 10-11,2015
- Rainwater Harvesting Basics Class 1: Sunday, April 12, 1 – 3 pm, Open Space Visitors Center
- Rainwater Harvesting Basics Class 2: Saturday, April 18, 1-2:30 PM, Seed Library, Juan Tabo Library
- The Great American Cleanup: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9 am to 12 pm
- From the City Forester: Wake Up, Trees- It’s March
- Boards and Commissions Vacancies: There are several vacancies – get involved!