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District 2 Newsletter - April 4, 2016

Hello Neighbors,

As part of a fundraiser for LifeROOTS, I took a pie in the face last month – watch it here!

Legislation of Interest

  • ART Small Starts Grant R-16-24:  Council passed this resolution at the March 21 meeting, accepting the $69 million federal grant for the ART, with my amendment (attached) requiring that the project include improvements to sidewalks and street trees within District 2.  Read my full statement about ART online. 
  • Open Space Acquisition R-16-12: On Monday, April 4 Council will consider this bill, which clarifies the Open Space acquisition priority list with regard to special provisions for the lands within unincorporated Bernalillo County (Northern Sand Dunes and North Rio Puerco Escarpment).  O-16-13 clarifies the process by which the Open Space Advisory Board presents priorities to the City Council for consideration.  It also calls for implementation of a process by which sellers of Open Space priority lands would submit competitive proposals to the City.

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Community Announcements

  • Summer Recreation Program Drawing and Registration: Lottery forms available April 11 – 22
  • Urban Enhancement Trust Fund: Informational meetings April 27 and 28 for the June 23 application deadline.
  • ABC-Z ProjectPublic Meetings are scheduled in April and May.  Get details at draft of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive is available on the project website. A revised draft will be posted in April. Module 1 of the Integrated Development Ordinance, which proposes new zones, the land uses allowed, and associated use-specific standards is available on the project website for review. Module 2, which includes dimensional standards for building heights, setbacks, landscaping, parking requirements, etc. will be available for public review this month.

Project Updates

  • Projects List
  • Highland Park Renovation: This project will bid for construction this spring with construction expected to begin by summer.
  • Rio Grande Boulevard Complete Street Test Project:  The state funding agreement has been executed and the consultant will be collecting “before” data along the corridor.  Striping of the roadway is expected to occur Summer 2016.  Based on recently completed analysis, the test project will be extended further south.  The new project boundaries are Indian School Road to Griegos Road.
  • Rio Grande Boulevard Complete Street Concept Plan (south of I-40):  We continue to welcome input on this project.  You may download the presentation from the March 10 public meeting at the project website.  

Isaac Benton
City Councilor, District 2

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