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District 2 Newsletter 5/29/15

Hello Neighbors,

Legislation of Interest

• Santolina Development R-15-207 (Benton) I’m introducing legislation on Monday (to be heard at the June 15 Council meeting) stating that the City should have input on the Proposed Santolina Development based on the jointly adopted Planned Communities Criteria And Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan, and requesting that the County Commission make the City a signatory party to the draft development agreement. The resolution further requests that the Commission postpone a final decision on the Santolina master plan and development agreement until such time that these requests are accommodated. The proposed Santolina development and similar developments outside our city limits pose a clear threat to the future viability of Albuquerque and its existing neighborhoods. I have already gone on the record as opposing this development, which will “cannibalize” residents from the center city and exacerbate urban sprawl and the transportation problems on the West Side.

• Appointment of Police Chief P-15-9 (Sanchez, Benton) is a proposition to be submitted to the voters at the October 6 municipal election to amend the City Charter to specify that the appointment of the Police Chief will require the consent of the City Council. The charter amendment would also allow Council to remove a Chief for cause with a 2/3-majority vote. The second hearing on this proposition is at the Monday, June 1 City Council meeting.

• Food Trucks O-15-36 (Benton) establishes parking opportunities and privileges for food trucks, such as allowing them to park and operate on private property and to park longer than normally allowed. The first hearing for this bill is scheduled for the Wednesday, June 10 Land Use Planning & Zoning (LUPZ) meeting, 5:00 pm in the Council Committee Room, 9th floor of City Hall.

• Bosque Projects F/S R-15-171 (Benton, Sanchez) establishes procedures for expending funds and implementing future projects in the Bosque. It is my intent to defer this bill to the June 15 Council meeting.

• Secondary Dwelling Units O-14-20 (Benton) will be on the June 15 Council agenda. Council and Planning staff continue to work to address stakeholder concerns. Please check this page for updates and any proposed amendments.

Community Announcements

• Solid Waste Transfer Station: The next public meeting will be June 23 at the North Valley Senior Center at 5:30 pm.

• From the City Forester: 30, 20, 10 – 5: Rules of Thumb

• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council January 2016 scholarship: Click to learn more!

• ABC-Z Project (Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Update): Online Survey to better understand values and priorities of citizens.

• Boards and Commissions Vacancies: There are several vacancies – get involved!

• Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART): Stay informed here!

Upcoming Events & Meetings

• Chatter Pay-What-You-Wish Concerts on June 28! Classical music in an intimate, informal venue.

• PNM’s Good Neighbor Fund Event: Wednesday, June 10th from 10am-2pm at the East Central Community and Family Services Center

• Solid Waste Transfer Station: The next public meeting will be June 23 at the North Valley Senior Center at 5:30 pm.

• 12th & Menaul Project: Public Meeting Thursday, June 25 at 5:00 pm in the Chaco Room at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

• Cultural Services Events: June 2015

• ABQ Food Fridays on Civic Plaza in May and June

• Movies on the Plaza Fridays in May and June

• ABC-Z Project: Comprehensive Plan update workshops are planned for May and June of 2015.

• Rail Yards Market Sundays 9am – 1pm May through October

Project Updates

• Projects List: Now updated with additional projects! We will continue to work to update this list and provide additional details of the projects on it.

• 12th & Menaul Project: Public Meeting Thursday, June 25 at 5:00 pm in the Chaco Room at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

• Alameda Drain Trail: I provided City funding for our part in a collaborative planning effort with MRGCD, Bernalillo County, and AMAFCA for a multi-use trail along the Alameda Drain/2nd Street. A multi-jurisdictional agreement has been signed by all parties and the planning process will soon begin. More information to come!

• Gabaldon/Leopoldo Road Improvements: Information coming soon!

• North 4th Street Proposed Mixed-Use Development: I secured additional funding for the purchase of the site. The City is partnered with the County on this redevelopment project. Updates to come!

• North 4th Street Improvements – Candelaria to Menaul: This project focuses on multi-modal improvements on 4th Street, including a bicycle/pedestrian crossing at the Alameda Drain/Matthew. Updates coming soon!

• Rio Grande Boulevard Old Town: This project will be a Complete Street concept plan for Rio Grande Boulevard between I-40 and approximately Central Avenue. More information to come!

• San Isidro Traffic Calming: Information coming soon!

Isaac Benton
City Councilor, District 2

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