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Hello Neighbors,

Legislation of Interest

At the last Council meeting, I introduced a Complete Streets Ordinance to ensure that streets are designed and built to efficiently serve all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists, by adopting best practice standards for streets that serve motorized and non-motorized travel. I will hold a public information meeting to discuss and answer questions about the ordinance, O-14-27, on Wednesday, November 5 at 6:00 pm in the Council Committee Room, 9th floor of the City/County building at 1 Civic Plaza. The first formal hearing will be held by the Land Use Planning & Zoning Committee on Wednesday, November 12. LUPZ meetings begin at 5:00 pm in the Council Committee Room.

R-14-99 (Benton, by request) adopting the Streets and Traffic Enhancement Program (STEP) was introduced in August. STEP is the proposed successor to the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP), establishing requirements and procedures for the implementation of traffic calming measures in our neighborhoods. I deferred in LUPZ to provide neighborhood associations and the public adequate time to review the program and issue any comments pertaining to it. Staff is incorporating changes into a redline document for the committee’s consideration at the November 12 LUPZ meeting. A proposed Committee Substitute will be posted online in advance.
The Behavioral Health Task Force, created pursuant to M-14-5 (Winter, Benton), made final recommendations at an October 2 meeting. Top priorities include a crises stabilization/response center, intensive case management, and housing. A summary and the full presentation are available online. The next steps involve identifying mechanisms for funding implementation of the recommendations.

Project Updates

Projects List
Complete Streets Ordinance I will hold a public meeting to discuss and answer questions about the proposed Complete Streets Ordinance O-14-27 on Wednesday, November 5 at 6:00 pm in the Council Committee Room, 9th floor of the City/County Building at 1 Civic Plaza.
Downtown Walkability Study Jeff Speck’s completed Walkability Analysis for downtown Albuquerque is now available online.
West Downtown Central Avenue There will be a public meeting on Thursday, November 13 at 6:00 pm for presentation and discussion of NEW intersection layout alternatives for Central/Rio Grande and Central/Lomas/San Pasquale. Location to be determined; we will provide updates via this newsletter and the website.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

Albuquerque Assistance Fair: October 18, 10:00-1:30
Wonder of Learning Exhibit at NM Museum of Natural History: make Albuquerque a center for innovation by opening up our world to our young children: June 19 – November 30
Youth Jam: November 8, 2:00-6:00 PM
Downtown Walking Tour: Saturdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. through November 22; corner of 1st & Central
Cultural Services Calendar: October 2014
Rail Yards Market: Sundays 9 AM -3 PM through November 2, 2014
Downtown Grower’s Market: Saturdays 7 AM – 12 PM @ Robinson Park

Community Announcements

From the City Forester: Tilting at Windmills
ABQ Service Exchange: A Service Exchange for the Greater Albuquerque Area
A Waterwise Guide to Trees: From the Water Use and Conservation Bureau, New Mexico Office of the State Engineer


Isaac Benton

City Councilor, District 2