From Councilor Isaac Benton:
Due to the Presidents’ Day holiday Monday, the next City Council meeting is Wednesday, February 22 at 5:00 pmin the Vincent Griego Chambers, basement level of City Hall: Agenda.
Legislation of Interest
- Reaffirming the City’s Commitment to Diversity and Immigrant Friendly Status M-17-4 (Benton, Peña, Davis, Gibson) will be heard at the February 22 Council meeting. In light of the recent Presidential Executive Orders relating to immigration enforcement, this Memorial reaffirms R-00-151, which declared Albuquerque to be immigrant-friendly, reaffirms the City’s commitment to the policies established by R-00-151. These include existing commitments to “treat all persons with respect and dignity, regardless of their immigration status” and that “to the fullest extent allowed by federal and state law, immigrants who live within the city limits of Albuquerque and their families shall have access to all City services and programs.” M-17-4 welcomes and encourages immigrants to live, work and study in Albuquerque and to participate in community affairs, and recognizes immigrants for their important contributions to our culture and economy. It also expresses City Council’s support of the equal treatment of all persons and states that all persons who live within the City should have full access to all city services with respect and dignity, including public safety services and programs, regardless of their race, disability, national origin, gender identity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, economic or immigration status (in addition to any other protected classes under local, state, or federal law). Read our press release online.
- Council will also approve the capital budget for the 2017 GO Bonds at the meeting on Wednesday, February 22.
- R-16-109 Comprehensive Plan Update (Jones, Benton) was deferred until the March 6 Council meeting. 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 email@example.com. If you have questions, contact Andrew Webb firstname.lastname@example.org or 768-3161. Spanish-language meetings will be held next week.
- North 4th Street Corridor Zoning R-17-160 (Benton) is a limited moratorium on construction under the mixed-use zone provision of the North 4th Street Corridor Plan. The moratorium would temporarily prohibit the City from acting on any change to existing zoning or act upon any building permits under the North Fourth Mixed Use District (NFMXD) provisions of the Corridor Plan. This is in response to community concerns that recent developments on 4th Street built under the NFMXD standards may not provide enough direction with regard to building appearance. The LUPZ committee recommended adding a set of interim design standards under which development could proceed during the moratorium. Those interim standards will be presented for Council’s consideration at the March 6 Council meeting.
- Community Fellows: Know an expert about their neighborhood? A natural networker who cares about strengthening their community? The City is seeking your recommendations for Community Fellows from neighborhoods within ½ mile of Central Ave.
- The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) moves from the Planning Department to City Council Services effective Monday, April 3, 2017. Read about what to expect and answer the online survey to tell staff what your neighborhood is like now, what is needed, and what makes your neighborhood unique and beautiful. You may also contact Sara Mancini (505) 768-3105, email@example.com with questions.
- Behavioral Health Initiative: Stay updated on the progress of this important initiative and read the ABCGC Behavioral Health Newsletter online.
- Seniors Ride Free on the NM Rail Runner this spring!
- Making Central Avenue Greater: Action Forums this month include Presbyterian-University area February 22 and Old Town & West Downton February 27. Meeting details.
- 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!
- Project List
- 12th & Menaul Complete Street Improvements: Groundbreaking for Phase I of this long-awaited project will occur in March!
- 12th & Sawmill: Design is complete for reconfiguration of the intersection of 12th and Sawmill. You can view the design here.
- Gabaldon/Leopoldo Road Improvements: Based on community feedback, Option 3 was selected for this project. Design is complete and funding for construction has been approved. An estimated start date will be provided upon selection of a contractor.
- 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.
City Councilor, District 2
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