District 2 Newsletter

Season’s Greetings Neighbors,

The next City Council meeting is Monday, December 19 at 5:00 pm in the Vincent Griego Chambers, basement level of City Hall: Agenda.

Legislation of Interest

R-16-130 Funding for Rescue 4 (Benton) appropriates funding to staff an advanced life rescue company at Fire Station 4. City-wide, only Stations 4 and 10 do not have a rescue company; both stations are located in the valley. The Station 4 service area includes the Sawmill, Wells Park, Santa Barbara Martineztown, Stronghurst neighborhoods as well as parts of the Downtown and Near North Valley neighborhoods. I intend to pull this bill from committee for action at Monday’s Council meeting.
R-16-109 Comprehensive Plan Update (Jones, Benton) will be on the Council’s January 4 agenda. This is an update to long-standing regional growth policy and I encourage you to become familiar with it if you have not already. A draft of the ABC Comp Plan, including proposed changes, is available for review at the ABC-Z website. You have the opportunity to speak at City Council and can also send written comments to Crystal Ortega, Council Clerk at cortega@cabq.gov. If you have questions, contact Andrew Webb at awebb@cabq.gov or 768-3161.

Project Updates

Project List
Girard Boulevard Complete Streets Master Plan: This plan is expected to be implemented in Spring 2017! I have provided additional funds to address sidewalk deficiencies on Girard north of Lomas.
12th & Menaul Complete Street Improvements: The 12th Street phase of this project will be publicly bid for construction in early 2017.
North Corridor MRA: The Planning Department has a new web page for the North Corridor Metropolitan Redevelopment Area and is looking for input from the community to draft an MRA plan. You can submit comments from the web page.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

71st Annual Las Posadas de Barelas: December 17, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Albuquerque Homeless Persons’ Memorial Vigil: December 21, 12:30 – 3:00 pm
Free Classical Music Performances Downtown: First Wednesday of the month at 12:05 pm, September – May
ABQ365 Events: Year-round events in Albuquerque!
ABQtodo: More year-round events in Albuquerque!

Community Announcements

Southwest Bike Initiative: A new local nonprofit advancing walking, cycling and all forms of sustainable transportation to benefit society and improve people’s lives.
ART Employment Opportunities: Browse and apply for ART construction-related jobs.
ABC-Z Project: A draft of the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO), which updates the City’s zoning code, is available for review and comment. Review the draft here. You may submit comments to abctoz@cabq.gov. There will be additional opportunity to comment throughout the approval process at the Environmental Planning Commission and City Council.
APD Seeking Public Input on Newly Reformed Policies
Boards and Commissions Vacancies: Several boards have vacancies – apply to serve!

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Isaac Benton
City Councilor, District 2

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