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WSCONA FEBRUARY MEETING

  


AGENDA WEDNESDAY MEETING, 

February 7, 2024, 6:30 pm; Meeting Sign in 6:20 

6:30 WELCOME, PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE, and MOMENT OF SILENCE: Greeting WSCONA Representatives, Guests and Neighbors; Elizabeth Haley WSCONA President will explain the operating rules for the 2024 WSCONA meetings. Frank Comfort, Vice President, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence. Richard Schaefer, Secretary, will take attendance. 

6:40 -6:55 INTRODUCTION OF APD OFFICERS & COMMUNITY POLICING EVENTS. Acting West Side Area Commander Chris Patterson and Pete Gelabert, Crime Prevention Specialist

Pete Gelabert

Crime Prevention Specialist

NW Area Command Police Sub-Station

10401 Cibola Loop NW, 87114

Office 505-768-4873

Mobile 505-803-2982


6:55-7:10 ANIMAL WELFARE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES. The  City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare is setting up dates to attend some of the larger neighborhood association meetings in 2024.  The Office of Councilor Lewis suggested attending the Westside Coalition of Neighborhoods meeting.  Staffers will attend and briefly go over the resources for pet owners or the community at large; they will take questions from the audience.

Department Contacts

Tracey Jordan, Executive Assistant

c 505-228-4834



7:10-7:30 INTRODUCTION TO CECILIA L. WEBB, SENIOR CONSTITUENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE, OFFICE OF MAYOR TIM KELLER

The Office of Constituent Services team is conducting a renewed effort to connect with local community leaders and share project updates happening in your neighborhood. The Office of Constituent Services would also like to know if there are specific topics Neighborhood Associations are interested in learning more about, and if so, they will help coordinate subject matter experts from City staff.

Cecilia Webb is a native New Mexican and Santa Fe High School Demon, and attended the College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM.  Prior to joining the City as a Constituent Services Representative in 2022, Cecelia worked at the State Bar of New Mexico, and currently is a long-time radio host of a weekly music program on KUNM.  Cecilia Webb also works closely with several non-profit organizations and the faith community.


Cecilia Webb

o 505.768.2742

c 505-249-7082


7:30-7:55 IDO TECHNICAL UPDATE and SMALL AREA AMENDMENTS.The WSCONA Land Committee and ICC Working Group Members don’t support all of the EPC decisions concerning IDO legislative and quasi-judicial amendments. The Amendment requiring referral to Tribal Nations for development next to the Petroglyph National Monument DID NOT RECEIVE AN EPC RECOMMENDATION to LUPS on January 18 . (Councilor Fiebelkorn is the sponsor) . Members  will Vote on a WSCONA Resolution to Support the LUPS Comments. Rene’ Horvath, Jane Baechle, Michael Voorhees, Elizabeth Haley provide supporting Information.

7:55-8:00 UPDATE OF INDIVIDUAL EPC HEARINGS AND (LUHO) APPEALS AND SCHEDULED LUPS MEETINGS. How are Appeals administered under the IDO?

The following are definitions of the various land appeal processes under the City of Albuquerque. For a definition of Quasi-Judicial Proceedings, please see excerpted sections from NMML Zoning Officials Handbook in attachments.


The EPC, LUHO, and City Council are quasi-judicial meetings. (1) The Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) is an appointed, nine-member, volunteer citizen board with authority on many land use and planning issues. The EPC conducts regularly scheduled public hearings on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Plaza del Sol hearing room. The Plaza del Sol building location is 600 2nd Street NW in downtown Albuquerque. Hearings generally begin at 8:30 am and conclude when adjourned (the EPC Chair). The EPC regularly holds Case Distribution Sessions on the 1st Thursday of each month (usually at 3:00 pm) to receive staff report packets for items to be heard the following week. From time to time, the EPC conducts special hearings on the 1st Thursday of the month and occasionally schedules meetings at other times. All hearings and meetings for new cases are advertised in the Albuquerque Journal and posted on the City’s website: http://www.cabq.gov/planning/boardsand-commissions (click on EPC, then select the desired agenda). 


The EPC can approve on-site development plan requests for SU-1 zoned sites, shopping center (SC) designated sites, and most zone change requests. The EPC reviews and provides recommendations to the City Council on annexation requests, specific zone change requests, proposed amendments to the Zoning Code and Subdivision Ordinance, and adoption or revision to Rank I, Rank II, and Rank III Plans – including the Comprehensive Plan, area plans. The commission also hears appeals of impact fee assessments. The monthly application deadline for EPC requests is at Noon on the last Thursday of each month. There are approximately 42 - 49 days from the application deadline to the public hearing, depending upon how the dates fall on the calendar. The Planning Department assigns a staff planner to each application. Distribution of application materials to City departments and outside agencies for review and comment takes place the Monday after the application deadline. Agency comments are due to the Planning Department approximately two weeks after the deadline.

(2) Appeals of decisions made by Boards and Commissions go to the City Council via the Land Use Hearing Officer (LUHO). The LUHO makes recommendations to the City Council.


(3) Per Section 14-16-6-4(U) Appeals in the Integrated Development Ordinance and the City Charter, the City Council is the ultimate decision maker on appeals of land use decisions. Once an appeal has been heard and decided by the City Council, the Notice of Decision is available through Legistar.


8:00 TO 8:10 INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEXT MONTHS ELECTIONS Becky Davis


8:10-8:15 CLOSING REMARKS


ADJOUR TO THE NEXT MEETING - ANNUAL MEETING IAND ELECTION MARCH 6, 2023

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