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December 2015/January 2016 There’s a Better Way- ABQ’s Innovative, Collective Impact Driven Panhandling Solution In May 2015 Mayor Richard J. Berry created the “There’s a Better Way” Program aimed at reducing panhandling in the Albuquerque Metro Area. In addition to curbing panhandling other objectives of the program include: • • •

Giving people dignity through work. Connecting individuals with needed services. Helping the community understand that alternatives to panhandling exist.

The program has been progressing steadily and with much success. The timeline below details the program from its creation to today. May 2015 Mayor Richard J. Berry creates the program during a morning staff briefing discussing the panhandling issue. June 2015 • City staff posts 15 signs across the city discouraging panhandling and encouraging calls to 311 for assistance. • The City partnered with United Way of Central New Mexico to be the fiscal agents with NO administrative costs. • The City begins an educational campaign to show residents how their donation of just a few dollars can go further through United Way versus giving to panhandlers. City 311 operators are equipped with a resource directory to help those in need of food and shelter. • Donations now have the potential for a greater and broader impact. For example a driver could hand $5 out the window to a panhandler and help them purchase one meal – or they could donate $5 to Roadrunner Food Bank and feed 20 people. • The signs grow in popularity resulting in the City installing an additional 18 signs for 33 totals within the Albuquerque Metro area.

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Neighborhood News - December 2015/January 2016 CONTENTS - Neighborhood News December 2015/January 2016 Edition - Volume 31, No. 12 Published Monthly “Dedicated to providing information about City Government and Increasing Communication between Neighborhood and/or Homeowner Associations”

Message from the Mayor - continued from front page

September 2015- Phase 2 begins • City refitted a 2006 12 passenger van to drive to areas frequented by panhandlers and offer them compensation in exchange for a day’s work. • The van transports individuals to a job site under the City’s Solid Waste Department’ supervision to do work such as landscape beautification. Lunch is provided by St. Martin’s. • Paid above minimum wage at $9 an hour. They can work up to $600 a year under the tax code. • After their work day is complete passengers are transported back to St. Martin’s to be connected with emergency shelter to house them overnight as needed. • The City teams up with St. Martin’s Hospitality Center by providing $50,000 for the program to run the van resulting in:

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Personal engagement to get people connected to the right resources To transition them from this job into a more stable employment through St. Martin’s Employment Support program.

• To date the van has been full every Tuesday and Thursday they have gone to pick people up. • Over 40 states and cities across the country have expressed interest in the program including: San Diego, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, Honolulu, HI, Seattle, WA, Cincinnati, OH and Portland, OR. To date, the program has received over 4,800 calls. More than 94% of those callers are seeking referrals to services that can assist them. Donations collected so far for the “There’s a Better Way” Program total more than $3,100. This program has shown that there truly is a better way and Mayor Richard J. Berry looks forward to its continued success and growth over the next year.

Inside This Edition Message from the Mayor...................................... 1/2 APD Crime Prevention..............................................3 Cultural Services Department...................................4 ABQ Ride.....................................................................5 Parks and Recreation Department.................. 6/7/8 Albuquerque Housing Authority..............................9

Planning Department....................................................10 December 2015/January 2016 Calendar/Legend.....11 EPC Cases.......................................................................12 AFD.......................................................................... 13/14 Environmental Health Department............................15


Neighborhood News - December 2015/January 2016 • Steering wheel locks are visible from outside the car and prevent the steering wheel from being turned more than a few degrees.

APD Crime Prevention Submitted by Steve Sink

• Collars are devices that prevent the steering column from being stripped.

Auto Theft and Burglary Awareness Auto theft is a problem for all Americans but the citizens of New Mexico face a particular issue that affects our auto theft rate. Due to the fact that we are adjacent to an International Border we are always ranked high on the list for theft rates. Typically vehicles are stolen for one of four reasons. They are used to 1) joy ride; 2) sell for parts; 3) commit a crime; and 4) driven across the border for resale. Auto burglary continues to be an issue as well. Many times auto burglary prevention can be as simple as removing targets from view and reducing opportunities by rolling up windows and locking doors. Observe the following tips to reduce the chance of auto theft and burglary. • Always roll up windows, lock the doors and take the keys even if you will be away for a short time. Remove ALL items from your vehicle whenever possible, but at the very least remove from view – even items that might have the perception of value. Don’t give a car thief a reason to break-in.

• Brake locks prevent the brake from being engaged and therefore the transmission cannot be removed from the park position.

• If vehicles are parked outside always keep windows up and doors locked especially over night. Some criminals walk up and down streets checking for open opportunities.

• When stopped at a traffic signal, leave space between you and the vehicle in front of you and be prepared to take evasive action.

•Wheel locks prevent the vehicle from being moved in any direction. •VIN Etching your windows can be a deterrent if taken to a shop-chop – they can’t simply remove an entire door for resale but must replace the window first. APD conducts VIN Etching Events FREE of charge. Check with 311 for the date and location. • Carjacking: Avoid being a victim of this type of crime by observing the following tips. • Drive with windows up and doors locked and be aware of your surroundings especially when stopped at traffic signals, parking lots, ATM, gas stations, etc. Take note of people approaching your vehicle for any reason.

• If someone is loitering near your vehicle in a parking lot, keep walking and seek help.

• Some auto burglars break in to steal your identity – consider removing your registration and insurance paperwork from the glove box. Put them in your pocket with your driver’s license. The law only requires the paperwork be in the vehicle when it’s being operated.

The goal in preventing auto theft is to establish multiple layers of protection for your vehicle. Thieves are looking for the path of least resistance. Although no method is foolproof, consider where you park theft prevention devices and etching. However, spending money on anti-theft devices does not help if drivers don’t follow the basic precaution of locking their cars, taking the keys and activating those multiple layers of protection. Call 505-242-COPS (2677) for suspicious behavior/activity or 911 for crimes in progress. Call the APD Crime Prevention Unit at 505-244-6644 or your local Police Substation for additional Crime Prevention information.

• Never leave an unoccupied vehicle running including in front of your residence. Warming up your vehicle in the morning during cold weather months is an easy target for auto thieves. Also don’t leave it running with the doors locked; criminals will just break the window. • Park your vehicle in a garage whenever possible or in an area with adequate lighting and good natural surveillance. You want your vehicle to be easily seen by you and your neighbors. • Consider organizing a Neighborhood Watch on your block. Neighbors watching neighbors – looking out for each others property will always be your best defense. If you’re interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch, contact the APD Crime Prevention Unit at 505-244-6644. • Theft Prevention Device: After years of false alarms people have stopped paying attention to vehicle alarms. Any serious anti-theft device must do more than just make noise. If you want an audio alarm use it in conjunction with other forms of prevention. • A kill switch is a simple toggle device that shuts off the engine’s ignition system.


Neighborhood News - December 2015/January 2016 Cultural Services Department Submitted by Isabella Oms

8 midnight Free Admission

New Year’s Eve on Civic Plaza

You’re invited to ring in the New Year with family and friends on Civic Plaza featuring • Food Trucks • Holiday Spirits • Entertainment • Kids’ Activities • Countdown with Ball Drop

For more info call: 311 (Relay NM or 711) or visit

New Year’s Eve on Civic Plaza Ring in the New Year with the City of Albuquerque on Civic Plaza! On December 31, 2015 from 8 p.m. to midnight the community will come together to reminisce about the past year and welcome the New Year. This FREE event is the place to be to count down the final seconds of 2015 and celebrate the beginning of 2016 - a year full of hopes, challenges, changes and dreams. This is a family friendly event with fun activities for the kids as well as plenty to do for the adults. The ice-skating rink will be back on the Plaza in addition to a DJ spinning tunes that will allow you to dance the year away. Food trucks and concessions will be available to purchase as well as “Holiday Spirits” for guests 21 years and older. Finally what would a New Year’s Ever celebration be without a countdown to the New Year? We’ll see you on New Year’s Eve! For more information, visit <>.


Neighborhood News - December 2015/January 2016 ABQ Ride Submitted by Rick De Reyes Transformative Connectivity Albuquerque is about to enter an era of potentially transformative connectivity. For people. For economic opportunity. For neighborhood life. A key, physical component of that vision is Albuquerque Rapid Transit; a dedicated bus line along Central Avenue that will bring new levels of comfort, safety and convenience to riders. ART will double the ridership of the current Rapid Rides down Central Avenue. It’s also expected to cut wait times from the current 15 minutes for Rapid Rides during peak hours to 7 ½ minutes. It accomplish this by effectively adding another bus between 6th Street and Unser Boulevard, cutting waiting times along this portion of Central Avenue. The effect of having passengers going up and down Central Avenue with this frequency will mean more customers available to spend in local businesses. More people utilizing ART will develop a need for more options for living and working near ART stations. We’ll help many neighborhoods welcome more activity by widening sidewalks, adding trees and tweaking zoning regulations that encourage pedestrian friendly design and development. • Cleveland, Ohio’s $250 million investment returned $5 billion in associated development within six years. • Fort Collins, Colorado’s $87 million attracted $150 million in associated development in one year. • Phoenix, Arizona has enjoyed $6 billion of development along its light rail line. From across the country, city after city has seen investments increase after building Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems. And that’s what we’re looking for. Albuquerque is looking to evolve to the new Boomer and Millennial demographic reality with a wider range of housing types and development in walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly patterns. The ART and its accompanying Integrated Development Ordinance (an overhaul of the City’s zoning code that will help shape the future of our city’s business environment) set the framework to deliver.


Neighborhood News - December 2015/January 2016 Parks and Recreation Department Submitted by Jen Samp 2016 Warrior Sports Program Activity Descriptions For more information call John Shields at 505-265-1711 x3318 Pickleball Lessons/Scrimmages A sport that is sweeping the country: tennis, badminton and table tennis all in one. Easier on the body than other court sports. Meet 11:30 a.m. at Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center: 501 Elizabeth Street SE, event is 12:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Snow Fat Bike Trip Come join us in riding bikes across the snow! Try fat biking on huge tires to float through a landscape that has to be ridden to be believed. Rental of the bike is $45 and the trip is capped at five riders. Proper cold weather clothing is required including warm gloves. Helmets are required. This trip is weather dependent and is subject to date change. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, 1501 San Pedro Drive SE and return at 2 p.m. Golf Join us at the Golf Center at Balloon Fiesta Park to hit a bucket of balls and play the par 3 walking course (unlimited play). Unstructured, enjoy at your own pace! Lessons are available at a fee upon request. Meet at 8 a.m. at Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, 1501 San Pedro Drive SE and return at 2 p.m.

Skiing and Snowshoe Trips Winter snow trips to Santa Fe Ski Area! Your choice: snowshoe or ski. Vans will pick participants up at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, 1501 San Pedro Drive SE and drive to the Santa Fe Ski Area. Package price includes equipment, transportation and lift ticket. Wear warm waterproof clothing and gloves. Meet at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, 1501 San Pedro Drive SE at 7 a.m. Trip will return to the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center at approximately 5:30 p.m. (depending on traffic). Watch for information coming this spring for the summer sports!

Skiing - OR - Snowshoe


Neighborhood News - December 2015/January 2016

2016 Winter Warrior Sports Program Registration Form Open to all Military Personnel, active and retired. VA Health Cards are required.

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Pickleball Lessons/Scrimmages

A sport that is tennis, badminton & table tennis all in one. Easier on the body than other court sports. • Meet 11:30am at Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center: 501 Elizabeth St. SE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123, event is 12:30-2:50pm

Fat Tire Bike Trips

Includes fat tire bike rental, riding instruction, a helmet and guided rides. • Meet 8:00am at VA Hospital, return 2:00pm: $45


Golf Center at Balloon Fiesta Park. Bucket of balls and unlimited par 3 walking course play. • Meet at 9:00am, play at 10:00am

Downhill Skiing and Snowshoe

Winter snow trips to Santa Fe Ski Area! Your choice: snowshoe or ski. Package price includes equipment, transportation and lift ticket – if applicable. • Meet 7:00am at VA Hospital, return 5:30pm:


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Watch for information coming this spring for the summer sports! I would like transportation from VA Hospital to my events

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Please be at the VA Hospital 60 minutes prior to “meet” time listed under event.

LIABILITY WAIVER I, the undersigned participant, hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless, the City of Albuquerque, their agents, employees, representatives and assigns, New Mexico Veterans Hospital, from any and all actions, or claims of whatsoever kind or nature which I or my representatives or assigns may have or at any time in the future have as a result of injury arising out of my participation in the Warrior Sports Program. I warrant and represent to the City of Albuquerque, their agents, employees, representatives and assigns, New Mexico Veterans Hospital, that I have prepared myself for the events which I have entered by practicing the same prior to my participation. I warrant and represent that I am physically able to participate in the events I have selected. I know of no physical restrictions which would prohibit my participation in the events I have selected. I have been advised by the City of Albuquerque, their agents, employees, representatives and assigns, New Mexico Veterans Hospital, that it would be in my best interest to consult my physician prior to my preparation in regard to my participation in the Warrior Sports Program. I recognize and understand that the preparation and the participation in the event may necessitate strenuous physical activity, and could possibly activate any unrecognized pre-existing medical disorder which I may have, thereby resulting in serious or life-threatening harm to me. I agree to the following: The City of Albuquerque has my permission to have a physician treat me, if needed, during my participation in the events of the Warrior Sports Program.  yes  no _____ initials The undersigned does hereby consent to the photographing of the undersigned, and does hereby authorize the City of Albuquerque, Department of Parks and Recreation to cause the same to be exhibited with advertising sponsorship as still photographs, transparencies, vehicle wraps, motion picture film and video tape for use on television, or in other printed and graphic materials.  yes  no _____ initials The undersigned does hereby release the City of Albuquerque, Department of Parks and Recreation and their associates and assignees from any and all claims for damages for libel, slander, invasion of the right of privacy or any claims based on the use of said material.  yes  no _____ initials



By completing this registration, I agree to abide by all the rules and regulations of and by the Warrior Sports Program, to observe all rules of play, to exercise good sportsmanship and follow all written and or oral instructions given to me by authorized personnel of the Warrior Sports Program.

How did you learn of this program? ______________________________ ___________________________________________________________

Turn these forms into John Shields at the Veterans Hospital His contact number is 505-265-1711 ex. 3318


Neighborhood News - December 2015/January 2016 Albuquerque Housing Authority Submitted by Brian Eagan

Albuquerque Housing Authority Empowering people in our community through affordable housing and self-sufficiency opportunities


Stephen J. Vogel, Chairperson Todd Clarke, Vice Chairperson Resident Commissioner: Rebecca Chavez Commissioners at large: Janet M. McHard, Roxanne Rivera-Wiest (Linda Bridge, Executive Director and Secretary to the Board)

Regular Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise posted. Meetings are held at 12 p.m. (Noon) in the Manuel Cordova Conference Room, at the Albuquerque Housing Authority Administration Office, Carnis Salisbury Building, unless otherwise posted. Meeting Location:

1840 University Boulevard SE

Scheduled meetings:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 12 p.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 12 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 12 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 12 p.m. (no meeting in July â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to allow time for summer vacations and auditing) Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 12 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 12 p.m. Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 12 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 12 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 12 p.m.

If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation of your disability in order to be able to read the agenda or to observe or offer comments at this public meeting, please contact Ms. Mundy Boen by email or phone to make a request. The meeting will occur in a room on the ground level and is accessible for persons in wheelchairs. Copies of the meeting agenda will be available to the public, at least 72 hours (3 days) before a regular meeting. Agendas, adopted minutes and Board Resolutions listed at <>. Contact person: Ms. Mundy Boen, Executive Assistant Albuquerque Housing Authority, Carnis Salisbury Building 1840 University Blvd SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 505-764-3915 Office / 505-764-3981 Fax / E-mail <>

***************************** The City of Albuquerque does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, disability, age, gender, Vietnam Era or disabled verteran status, sexual orientation or medical condition in employment or in the profision of servies. If you have a disability and will need special assistance to benefit from any of the meetings, hearings or workshops, etc., appearing in the newsletter contact the office sponsoring the event two weeks prior to the date of the meeting you plan to attend Whenever possible, TTY phone numbers will be listed. TTY users may call any phone number listed in this publication via Relay New Mexico at 1-800-659-8331.



Neighborhood News - December 2015/January 2016 Planning Department Submitted by Mikaela Renz-Whitmore

Planning Department Submitted by Catalina Lehner Proposed Text Amendments to the Coors Corridor Plan (CCP) At its regularly scheduled public hearing on January 14, 2016, the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) will consider a text amendment to the CCP to allow temporary signage for businesses that are forced to relocate due to an unavoidable casualty, such as the recent fire on Coors Boulevard NW near Sequoia Road NW. Each business would be allowed, subject to approval by the Planning Director, one temporary banner sign up to three feet by six feet in size. The sign would be allowed at the business’s original location, to direct customers to the new location, for up to 90 days.

City Planning Department Hosts ABC-Z Open House Meetings

Community Input and Ideas Can Shape the Future of Albuquerque The ABC-Z Project will host four open house meetings on January 27, 2016 and January 28, 2016 to discuss and review the updated Comprehensive Plan draft. The update to the Comprehensive Plan is a joint venture between the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The project will: 1) Incorporate plan updates to reflect recent growth trends and challenges. 2) Better integrate land use and transportation planning to reduce traffic congestion and encourage transit-oriented development. 3) Emphasize “placemaking” approaches to development in key centers and corridors. The ABC-Z Project includes extensive outreach embracing community-wide participation of code users, citizens, investors, interest groups and other stakeholders. Numerous meetings, workshops and public hearings will be held over the next two years.

The proposed text amendments would apply only to the CCP area. Please contact Catalina Lehner, AICP, Senior Planner at 505-924-3935 for more information.

“We need the public to help us get this right,” said Planning Director, Suzanne Lubar. “We hope the community members will attend one of these meetings and help us shape the future of our city.”

Planning Department Submitted by Melissa Perez

The following open house meetings are FREE to the public:

Did You Know?

Wednesday, January 27 - 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center - 7521 Carmel Avenue NE

Storage sheds are considered accessory buildings per the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Code. Accessory buildings can be placed anywhere in the side or rear yard of a residential home as long as they are no closer than ten feet to a house or five feet to another accessory building.

Wednesday, January 27 - 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Los Duranes Community Center, 2920 Leopoldo Road NW Thursday, January 28 - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center, 4900 Kachina Street NW Thursday, January 28 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. South Valley Multi-Purpose Center, 2008 Larrazolo Road SW These meetings offer an opportunity for the public to review and comment on a major step in the ABC-Z Project.


For more information on the ABC-Z Project or scheduled meetings, <visit>.

Neighborhood News - December 2015/January 2016 1-6 NO MEETINGS IN JANUARY FOR: • District 6 Coalition Wednesday, December 23 • East Gateway Coali• DRB - 9 a.m. tion 22 - 31 Tuesday, December 22 • BOA - 9 a.m.

Friday, December 25 • Christmas Day - City Offices Closed

Friday, January 1 New Year’s Day - City Offices Closed

7 - 14 Thursday, January 7 EPC Case Distribution - 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 12 • NEAC Community Policing Council Mtg. - 6:30 p.m.

15 - 31 Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday - City Offices Closed Tuesday, January 19 • ZHE - 9 a.m.

Wednesday, January 20 Wednesday, January 13 • DRB - 9 a.m. • DRB - 9 a.m. Wednesday, December 30 Monday, January 4 • VAC Community • NO DRB - Winter Break • City Council - 5 p.m. • LUCC - 3 p.m. Policing Council Mtg. • NWAC Community • FHAC Community - 10 a.m. Policing Council Mtg. • AHA - 12 p.m. Policing Council Mtg. - 6 p.m. - 6 p.m. • City Council - 5 p.m. Thursday, January 14 • EPC Public Hearing - 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 6 • South Valley Coalition - 6:30 p.m. • DRB - 9 a.m. • SWAC Community Policing Council Mtg. - 6 p.m. • Westside Coalition - 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 5 • SWAN - 6 p.m. NO MEETING DATES GIVEN FOR: • District 4 Coalition • District 7 Coalition • AAB • BOA


Thursday, January 21 • SEAC Community Policing Council Mtg. - 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 27 • DRB - 9 a.m. Thursday, January 28 • District 8 Coalition - 7 p.m.

AAB - Airport Advisory Board, Albuquerque International Sunport, 3rd Floor, Aviation Department Administrative Office Conference Room, 2200 Sunport Boulevard SE AHA - Albuquerque Housing Authority, Carnis Salisbury Building, Manuel Cordova Conference Room, 1840 University Boulevard SE, 505-764-3915 BOA - Board of Appeals, Plaza del Sol Hearing Room Basement Level, 600 Second Street NW City Council - Vincent E. Griego Council Chambers, Basement Level, City Hall District 4 Coalition - North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, Community Room, 7521 Carmel Avenue NE District 7 Coalition - TBD District 8 Coalition - Holiday Park Community Center, 11710 Comanche Road NE East Gateway Coalition - Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth Street SE EPC - Environmental Planning Commission, Plaza del Sol Hearing Room, (Basement Level), 600 Second Street NW EPC Case Distribution - Planning Department, Plaza del Sol, Hearing Room, (Basement Level), 600 Second Street NW Foothills Area Command - Holiday Park Community Center, 11710 Comanche Road NE Northeast Area Command - North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel Avenue NE Northwest Area Command - Don Newton-Taylor Ranch Community Center, 4900 Kachina Road NW Southeast Area Command - Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn SE Southwest Area Command - Alamosa Community Center, 6900 Gonzales Road SW Valley Area Command - Los Duranes Community Center, 2920 Leopoldo NW LUCC - Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission, Plaza del Sol, Hearing Room, (Basement Level), 600 Second Street NW SVCNA - South Valley Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, Sheriff’s Department South Area Command, 2039 Isleta Blvd SW SWAN - South West Alliance of Neighbors, Alamosa Multi-Purpose Center, 6900 Gonzales Road SW Westside Coalition - Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center, 4900 Kachina Drive NW ZHE - Zoning Hearing Examiner Office - Plaza del Sol Building, 3rd Floor, 505-924-3894; ZHE Hearing are held in the Plaza del Sol Hearing Room, (Basement Level), 600 Second Street NW


Neighborhood News - December 2015/January 2016 EPC Hearing Notice All written materials including petitions, legal analyses and other documents should be submitted to the Planning Department at least ten days prior to the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) Public Hearing in time for full consideration by staff and presentation to the EPC at its Study Session. Except in circumstances, the EPC will consider limited clarifying written material only if it has been submitted to the EPC and any known opposing party at least 48 hours prior to the Public Hearing. In quasi-judicial proceedings - all communications - whether written or oral with the EPC shall be through the Staff of the Planning Department. The EPC Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in the Planning Department Hearing Room, (basement level), 600 Second Street NW for the following case: Northeast Alameda North Valley, Wildflower Area, District 4 Coalition of NA’s, North Valley Coalition (neighborhood/homeowner association/coalition); 15EPC-40070, Project #1010693 (case #’s); Approximately 7.8 acres located on the north side of Horizon Boulevard NE between Alameda Boulevard NE and Balloon Fiesta Park (location of request); B-17 (zone atlas page #); Consensus Planning Inc. at 505-764-9801, agent for C&S Equities, LLC (applicant or agency and phone #); Requests an Zone Map Amendment from SU-2C to SU-Z/LMDR and Sector Plan Amendment that will accommodate the development of a small, gated single family neighborhood on the subject site (action requested); Vicente Quevedo at 505-924-3357, e-mail: <>. (City staff planner) Wildflower Area, District 4 Coalition of NA’s, North Valley Coalition; 15EPC-40071, 40072 and 40073, Project #1000310; Approximately 10 acres located on the north side of Modesto Avenue NE between San Mateo Boulevard NE and I-25 Freeway; B-18; Consensus Planning Inc. at 505-764-9801, agent for North I-25 Corporate Center, LLC c/o Titan Development; Requests a Zone Map Amendment from SU-2 for M-1 or SU-2C to SU-2/SU-1 for HDR and an Amendment to the Site Development Plan for Subdivision and a Site Development Plan for Building Permit for a proposed “Broadstone Northpoint” Apartments that are one to three story buildings with 224 units and a wide variety of amenities for the residents of this apartment complex on subject site ; Maggie Gould at 505-9243910, e-mail: <>. Northwest Alameda North Valley, Alamosa, Alban Hills, Alvarado Gardens, Anasazi Ridge, Avalaon, Crestview Bluff, Encanto Village, Grande Heights, La Luz Del Sol, La Luz Landowners, Ladera Heights, Ladera West, Las Casitas Del Rio, Las Casitas Del Rio Unit 2 Subdivision, Laurelwood, Los Duranes, Los Volcanes, Oxbow Park, Oxbow Village, Paradise Hills, Pat Hurley, Piedras Marcadas, Quaker Heights, Rancho Encantado, Rancho Sereno, Rio Grande Blvd., Rio Grande Compound, Rio Oeste, Riverfronte Estates, Riverview Heights, S.R. Marmon, Saltillo, Skyview West, St. Joseph Townhouse, Stinson Tower, Story Rock, Taylor Ranch, The Enclave at Oxbox, Thomas Village, Villa De Paz, Vista Grande, Vista Magnifica, Vista Montecito, Vista West, West Bluff, West Mesa, Western Trails Estates, Windmill Manor Place Subdivision, North Valley Coalition, South Valley Coalition of NA’s, South West Alliance of Neighbors (SWAN), Westside Coalition of NA’s; 15EPC-40074, Project #1005238; City of Albuquerque, Planning Department at 505-924-3860, agent for City Council Services; Text Amendment to the Coors Corridor Plan located on 3250 Coors Boulevard NW between Sequoia Road NW and Redland Road NW; for more information see page 10 of newsletter; Catalina Lehner at 505-924-3935, e-mail: <>.


Neighborhood News - December 2015/January 2016 AFD Submitted by Melissa Romero Holiday Planning Needs to Include Fire Prevention and Safety As Christmas approaches Albuquerque citizens are becoming increasingly excited about adorning their homes with Christmas trees, lights, ornaments and garlands. Holiday decorations as beautiful as they are can also be a home fire hazard. The Albuquerque Fire Department wants to help reduce the chance for home fires by sharing some important fire safety tips. US Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and NFPA’s annual Fire Department Experience Survey show that in 2009 through 2013 Christmas trees were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 210 reported home structure fires per year, resulting in an annual average of seven civilian fire deaths, 19 civilian fire injuries and $17.5 million in direct property damage. The following safety tips will help protect you and your family this holiday season: Christmas Trees • Trees need about an inch cut off the end of the trunk. This will remove the dried end and allow the tree to absorb water. • Make sure and mount the tree securely and away from any combustible materials or heat sources such as fireplaces or candles. • Water the tree every day. • When the needles get brittle or dull and begin to fall from the tree, it is time for the tree to go outside. Decorations • Use lights that are UL approved. Check every set of lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections before using. Throw away anything that is not in perfect condition. • Use no more than three sets of lights per single extension. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. • Always turn off all tree lights and decorations before you go to bed or leave your home. Candles and Luminarias • Never place a burning candle or luminaria near anything that can ignite, such as curtains, trees, brush or wood porches. • Always keep candles and luminarias away from children and pets as they could get burned. • Never light luminarias during windy conditions where the bag could ignite and burning debris could spread the fire. • Monitor candles and luminarias when burning, never leave the room or go to bed without fully extinguishing the flame. Smoke Alarms • Working smoke alarms alerts you to a fire and more than doubles your chance of surviving a fire. • Install smoke alarms in every home, on every level, outside each sleeping area and in each bedroom. • Test your smoke alarms each month to make sure they are working. • When the smoke alarm sounds get out fast - then call 911! continued on page 14


Neighborhood News - December 2015/January 2016 AFD - continued from page 13 Have an Escape Plan • Plan your escape - know two ways out of every room. • Have a “safe” spot that everyone goes to across the street. • Practice at least once a month so everyone knows what to do if a fire occurs. Tree Recycling After the holidays, be sure to recycle your trees and lights. It’s FREE and they may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, January 2 through Sunday, January 10, 2016 at: • Montessa Park Convenience Center, 3512 Los Picaros SE, 505-873-6607. • Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle Rock NE, 505-857-8318. • Ladera Golf Course, Coors and Ladera NW, 505-888-8115. Please remove all bags, tree stands, decorations and lights from trees before dropping them off to be mulched. Limit 5 trees per resident, no commercial customers. For more information call 311. When dropping off the Christmas tree, residents may deposit their Christmas tree lights into marked containers for recycling. Christmas tree lights should never be placed into the blue recycling carts that residents use at their homes. For more safety tips, go to the City of Albuquerque Fire Department web site at <www.>.


Neighborhood News - December 2015/January 2016 Environmental Health Department Submitted by Kaitlin Greenberg Protect Yourself and Others From the Norovirus The City of Albuquerque has seen an increase in the number of reported gastro-intestinal (GI) illnesses over the last few weeks. Many of these cases are from norovirus infection, the most common cause of food-borne illness. Often referred to as the “stomach flu,” norovirus cases are common in the winter months. Illness is usually mild, but symptoms can begin suddenly. Symptoms of norovirus include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps and sometimes low-grade fever, chills, headache and muscle ache.

Norovirus can spread quickly from person-to-person especially through close contact with sick individuals. Crowded places such as such as long-term care facilities, schools, child care centers and cruise ships are among locations hardest hit by norovirus every year. The virus can also spread through contaminated food, water and on hard surfaces. There is no vaccine or treatment for norovirus, reducing exposure is key to preventing spread of illness. There are several steps to take if you suspect the presence of norovirus: • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and before preparing, serving or eating food or drink. Hand sanitizers are not as effective as soap and hot water against norovirus. • Clean and disinfect surfaces contaminated with vomit or diarrhea immediately using a bleach-based household cleaner or dilute household bleach (1:10 in water must be mixed fresh daily; never use undiluted bleach). • Stay home when sick.

• Do not prepare food for other people when sick and for at least three days after symptoms stop. Remember, handwashing is the most effective way to protect yourself and others against norovirus as well as other illnesses that circulate this time of year. Be diligent and wash your hands frequently! For more information about norovirus, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at <http://>. Additional information on the benefits of handwashing can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at <>. To report illness due to eating contaminated food, please contact the City of Albuquerque, Environmental Health Department at 505- 768-2600.


Neighborhood News - December 2015/January 2016

Neighborhood News is published monthly by the Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC), a division of the Planning Department, City of Albuquerque. Articles and information from neighborhood associations and others are welcome. ONC reserves the right to edit and/or reject any submissions.

City of Albuquerque Richard J. Berry, Mayor Robert J. Perry, Chief Administrative Officer Planning Department Suzanne Lubar, Planning Director Brennon Williams, Associate Director Office of Neighborhood Coordination Staff Stephani Winklepleck, Neighborhood Liaison Dalaina Carmona, Senior Administrative Assistant Newsletter Editor: Dalaina Carmona (Please send submissions as e-mail attachments in a word document to: and Questions or Comments - direct them to: City of Albuquerque Planning Department Office of Neighborhood Coordination, Room 440 Plaza del Sol Building, 600 Second Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87102 Phone: 505-924-3914 1-800-659-8331 (TTY) Fax: 505-924-3913

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