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Hello Neighbors,

I am happy to announce a call for applications for another NeighborWoods Project in District 2!  Our Albuquerque neighborhood forests make Albuquerque more resilient, livable, and beautiful.  The project includes assistance with selecting, planting, and maintaining up to 100 street trees along street fronts their neighborhood.  Read more and apply online – the deadline is Friday, November 17.

Legislation of Interest

The next City Council meeting is Monday, November 6 at 5:00 pm in the Vincent Griego Chambers, basement level of City Hall.



Send written comments to Crystal Ortega, Council Clerk:

By email:

By mail: P.O. Box 1293, Albuquerque NM 87103


The legislative process always includes amendments, and anything of this magnitude will have many.  Indeed, the IDO and zoning in general are complicated, but the existing system is even more complicated and problematic.  Importantly, and unlike the current outdated zoning system, the IDO (as does our Comprehensive Plan) will have strong provisions for ongoing public discussion and improvement processes.


As co-sponsor, I strongly believe that we need to move forward on this legislation rather than adding to the already heavy load of issues that the new mayor will take on. As Councilor Diane Gibson stated recently, “I think if we wait until it’s perfect, we’ll be waiting a long time.”



Upcoming Events 


Community Discussion Thursday, November 9, 6-8PM  Heights Community Center


Over the summer, the comments received during the weeklong series of “Central Good to Great” workshops have been compiled into a draft document ready for review & comment now.


Join us for a community consultation with a diverse group of people to discuss the draft, what’s most important to you, what’s missing and how together we can make this emerging plan reflect community priorities you help set and where it can go from here to guide City investments and decision making to make this part of the city even greater!



Community Announcements/Resources





  • Project List
  • 12th & Sawmill:  Construction of this long-awaited project is scheduled to begin October 30!
  • 14th & Lomas Bike Blvd Crossing:  This project is currently being engineered.
  • Santa Barbara Martineztown Pedestrian Improvements:  The study is underway, with a public meeting to follow.  Installation of lighting at the Edith underpass is scheduled to begin November 16.
  • Rio Grande Boulevard Complete Street Test Project:  The final report of the monitoring study for the test project is complete (click here to read).  As the study concluded that traffic speeds were reduced without significant impact on traffic operations, the consultant will complete plans for a permanent configuration of three lanes.  Some “tweaks” to the existing configuration will be made based on observations and comments from the public, the City’s traffic engineers and the consultant.  We are working to coordinate resurfacing of the street, which was previously postponed, with installation of the permanent striping plan


Isaac Benton
City Councilor, District 2



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