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Downtown Neighborhood Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

August 6, 2008

The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association took place at Harwood Arts Center, 1114 7th St. NW, Wednesday, August 6, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. pursuant to prior approval.

Board members in attendance: Robert Bello, Sue Byrch, Sandy Gregory, David Keleher, Jacque Wright, George Kraehe, Carol Giannini, Terry Brunner, Jennifer DeGarmo, Jim Clark, Laura Bruzzese (11)

Board members not in attendance: Ivan Alley, Nathan Fox, Bob Yuhas (3)

Other Neighbors present: Anna Muller, Elaine Vigil, Reba Eagles, Lindi Anderson, Heather and Gordon

Terry Brunner, vice-chair acting also as Board Chair, presided.  Terry called the meeting to order.  A quorum was present, the meeting duly convened, and ready to proceed with business.  After introductions, a motion to approve the agenda was made with the elimination of the Police and Safety report, and the addition of discussing the website and Robinson Park. Carol mentioned that we had planned on having guests to present information about zoning, but that given the lengthy agenda, it would be better to plan to have this at September meeting.  She will arrange to have Maryellen Hennessey of LUCC and Matthew Conrad, Code Enforcement Department Manager.  Motion to approve agenda was seconded, and passed unanimously.  Minutes from July meeting as distributed in second draft form were passed without discussion.

Jim clark presented the combined June and July financial statement, and also presented details of the 2008 home tour.  He also mentioned that we will want to consider a donation to St. Martins, as we have in past years.  He concluded by saying that the Home Tour involved great expense not appearing in the home tour financial statement, as it required significant quantities of time and energy, and that it would be good to start planning for 2010 Tour.  Treasurer’s report approved.

The Board then discussed the need to be consistent and clear in our intent in accepting donations, in particular those from the film industry.  George will write a statement to this aim that we can add to the website and give to donors.

Robert will contact the City and name himself as the contact person for zoning-related applications.  Jennifer presented a proposed procedure for responding to notifications of special exception applications.  A motion was made to approve the procedure with changes resulting in the following document, approved as written herein:
Procedure for zoning chair

    The zoning chair’s role:
    • The zoning chair shall be notified of new projects, variances, conditional uses proposed in the neighborhood.
    • The chair shall contact applicant and shall obtain a copy of the application packet to find out the nature of the proposal.
    • The chair will research what is allowed and not allowed using these guiding documents:
      • 1. DNA sector development plan
      • 2. 4th ward design guidelines
      • 3. 8th and Forrester Guidelines
      • 3. The City Zoning Code
    • The chair will present the results of his research and a report of the meeting with the applicant with recommendations on whether the board should hear from applicant further, discussion at board meetings, and whether a board vote is needed. The DNA board should hear and vote on all proposals requiring LUCC approval (if staff raises concerns with the proposal), or zone changes.
    • Not all applications for variance and not all applications for conditional use may need to be discussed by the Board at a meeting.
    • Also, if 1/3 or majority of DNA board wishes an issue to be heard at the board meeting, the item will be put on the next board agenda.
    • Zoning chair will send letters that recommend denial or approval based strictly on above documents.  Board will be apprised before any letters or action is taken.
    Reminder: DNA bylaws allow zoning issues to be voted on via e-mail.

The Board also approved by consensus agreement that these procedures will be included in the new version of the DNA website.

The Board then voted to recommend denial of the 3 Special Exception applications on the agenda:  315 10th street NW; 500 17th NW; 1001 Orchard Place NW

Sandy reported that applications at 320 13th and 1118 Fruit received LUCC approval by staff decision.

Jacque’s son will host the website at no charge to DNA.

There will be a meeting Monday August 11, 2008 regarding the renovation of Robinson Park.  Anna will continue working to get funding and will write a letter thanking those who have already helped allocate funding.

With no remaining business to address, meeting adjourned.