Feedback Requested on Zoning Diagnosis and Best Practices

The City of Albuquerque is requesting feedback on their current draft of the Integrated Development Ordinance Zoning Diagnosis, Best Practices, and Outline. They’d like comments by June 30. Here’s a link to it.

http://abc-zone.com/document/ido-zoning-diagnosis-best-practices-and-outline-public-draft

Here’s background information on it.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A comprehensive plan is a document that contains the vision for the future of the built and natural environment, and the policies to achieve the vision. The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan (“ABC Comp Plan”) is primarily a land-use plan, providing guidance about what patterns of growth are desired and why.

Most comp plans include a discussion of existing conditions and trends, an overarching vision for future growth, goals and policies grouped by topic, and implementation steps to set priorities for action.

Perhaps most importantly, the policies and action items in a comprehensive plan shape regulations related to growth and development (such as zoning), which help achieve the community’s vision for the future.

How does a Comprehensive Plan relate to the Zoning Code?

One purpose of a comprehensive plan is to inform the zoning code: the zoning code is the regulatory tool used to implement the goals and concepts from the comprehensive plan that apply to land use and development.

In other words, a comprehensive plan contains the vision, goals and policies for growth and development, and the zoning code contains the regulations to implement that vision.

A comprehensive plan is generally not used in day-to-day decision-making for projects that have established zoning, while the Zoning Code is.

What is an Integrated Development Ordinance, and why does the City want one?

An Integrated Development Ordinance, or IDO, is one book that includes all the land use and transportation regulations that relate to development in Albuquerque.

The Comp Plan sets the vision and policies to guide how development should look and feel. The IDO will set the rules (i.e. regulations) about what can develop and what requirements must be followed to help implement the Comp Plan vision.

This project is a huge opportunity to clarify what can be required (i.e. regulated) versus what can only be guidance (i.e. policy). It is also an exciting opportunity to remove conflicts, update ineffective rules and policies, and streamline the process for high-quality development that helps us achieve the vision.

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Change in Meeting Time & Location

Wells Park Community Center is closed today for repairs, so we are moving tonight’s neighborhood association meeting to 6:45 pm at The Factory on 5th Art Space, 1715 5th Street NW (The Kosmos Event Space). Hope to see you there!

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Meeting Agenda for June 9, 2015

Wells Park Neighborhood Association
May 12, 2015
6:30 PM
Wells Park Community Center 5th and Mountain

1. Introductions – 5 Min.

2. Approve Agenda, Approve Minutes

3. Police Report – 10 min.

4. City Report – Councilman Ike Benton

5. Clean up day Recap – Becky

6. Zoning #1010470 Gorman Industries – special exception request to setback.

7. Accountant Search – Jerry

8. Graffiti art project – Sue

9. 12th St. traffic plan – Lila

10. ABC-Z zoning meetings for June – Jerry

11. Old Business

12. New Business

13. Public Comment

14. Next Meeting – August 11

15. Adjourn

** Thank you for attending the Wells Park Neighborhood Association monthly Board of Directors meeting. To ensure an efficient and productive meeting, association members, and other members of the public may address the board during the public comment section of the meeting or when recognized by the chair. Members of the board shall conduct all motions, seconds, discussion and voting. The public, with board approval may suggest agenda items. Thank you for attending and your interest in the Wells Park Neighborhood.

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Spring Clean Up — May 23

It’s that time of the year again! To clean out your closets, the back yard, the storage shed and even the driveway. The annual cleanup for this year will be held on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015.

The procedure has changed a bit. The County truck will be driving up and down the streets starting at 8:00 a.m. in the morning and will only do one run per street, so your items need to be at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23rd. The truck will NOT go to anyone’s home after they have made the run of that street.

Make sure you have your items at the curb by 7:00 a.m. in the morning of May 23rd.
If you do not need curb pick up, you may bring your items to the Wells Park Community Center parking lot (Rosemont and 5th) by 11:00 a.m. and your items will be disposed properly. We will not take anything after 11:00 a.m. The project finishes at exactly 11:00 a.m.

Items that will NOT be accepted are: Cement, Paint, Oil, Dirt, Rocks or Bricks, Solvents, and Large Tree Stumps.

Items that will be accepted are: Refrigerators, Swamp coolers, stoves, televisions, odd and ends, yard debris, tree cuttings in bundles and old rugs.

Boundaries: Mountain Rd to I-40 and 1st St to 12th St.

Questions on Clean-up project contact:

Becky @ 363-2078 or Susie @ 363-2079

A special “Thank you” to Mr. Rick Miera, the City of Albuquerque and the Bernalillo County department for the use of the Dump Trucks and drivers involved with this project.

Beautification tips:

  • Remove weeds from the front of your home and in front of home between curb and street and driveway.
  • Sweep/hose down in your front yard and between the front of your home and the curb and your driveway.
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed.
  • Trim the trees around the house and put them in small bundles call 311 and they will pick them up.

Who Litters and Why do they Litter?

The largest contributors to roadside litter are motorists and pedestrians. Research has also discovered that age, not gender, is a significant predictor of how individuals litter. Persons under the age of 30 were found to be more likely to litter than older individuals.

Why do individuals litter?

  • People choose to litter.
  • People are more likely to litter in an environment that they consider littered.
  • When individuals feel no sense of ownership for their surroundings they tend to litter.

What You Can Do to Prevent Litter
Each person must choose to make the conscience decision to not litter. Changing a behavior starts with you. Making the choice to take responsibility for your actions will help to reduce litter and influence those around you to change their behavior.

Start with the following:

    • Make a choice not to litter.
    • Join together with family and friends in making a behavioral change.
    • Remind others why they should not litter.
    • Volunteer in your community to help clean up litter.
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Reminder: Zoning and Planning Workshops

The City is having six Community Workshops to get your input on the City’s effort to update the Albuquerque–Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan. Come and share your ideas about how the City and County should look, feel and grow!

The first two workshops’ focus is county-wide. These two workshops are identical to each other, except that May 20th’s will be facilitated in both English and Spanish, with interpreters available.

Wednesday, May 20, 5:30 – 7:30 — Albuqerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan Workshop (County Wide Focus). Location: Los Griegos Health & Social Services Center, 1231 Candelaria NW. This workshop will be facilitated in both English and Spanish, with interpreters available. For more information click here.

Thursday, May 21, 5:30 – 7:30 — Albuqerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan Workshop (County Wide Focus). Location: Hiland Theater, 4800 Central Ave. SE. This will be a repeat of May 20th’s workshop. For more information click here.

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City Council Meeting on Monday, May 18 re: Sawmill Wells Park Area Traffic Plan

WHEN: Mon, May 18, 5:00 PM

WHERE: Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center, 1 Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

RE: A city council meeting will be held on Monday, May 18 at 5PM. The Sawmill/Wells Park Area Traffic Plan is on the agenda.

MORE INFO: https://www.cabq.gov/council/find-your-councilor/district-2/projects-planning-efforts-district-2/sawmill-wells-park-area-traffic-plan

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Meeting Agenda for May 12, 2015

Wells Park Neighborhood Association
May 12, 2015
6:30 PM
Wells Park Community Center 5th and Mountain

  1. Introductions – 5 Min.
  2. Approve Agenda, Approve Minutes
  3. Police Report – 10 min
  4. Clean-up Day Planning [brochure printing, distribution, etc.] – Becky
  5. Oral History Project – Lila
  6. Accountant Search – Doreen
  7. Funds from Movies – Becky
  8. City /County Comprehensive Plan Update – Doreen and Catherine
  9. Traffic Section Update of Wells Park/Sawmill Sector Plan – Lila
  10. Using the Sector Plan as a Vision for Wells Park – Mark + Doreen
  11. Old Business
  12. New Business
  13. Public Comment
  14. Next Meeting
  15. Adjourn

** Thank you for attending the Wells Park Neighborhood Association monthly Board of Directors meeting. To ensure an efficient and productive meeting, association members, and other members of the public may address the board during the public comment section of the meeting or when recognized by the chair. Members of the board shall conduct all motions, seconds, discussion and voting.   The public, with board approval may suggest agenda items. Thank you for attending and your interest in the Wells Park Neighborhood.

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