Operation Silent Night Seeks Donations to Help Shelter Pets This Holiday Season

Celebrate the season of giving by helping the Animal Welfare Department increase the comfort of homeless animals in city shelters. The wish list for cats and dogs includes small cat toys, treats, beds, brushes, wand toys, scratchers, blankets, towels, dog enrichment toys, collars, harnesses, pill pockets, and Kong toys. Please help them by fulfilling their wish list as they spend their holidays at Animal Welfare shelters while waiting to find forever homes. 

Donations will be accepted through December 31. Members of the public can drop off their donations at the Animal Welfare Department shelters and at participating small businesses throughout the city. You can also support local animals as you shop for gifts for your human friends and family by selecting “Kennel Kompadres” as your charity of choice when you shop on Amazon at http://smile.amazon.com. A percentage of your purchases will go to Kennel Kompadres every time you order at no cost to you. To learn more about how you can help our shelter pets this holiday season, visit: https://www.cabq.gov/pets/events/operation-silent-night-collects-comfort-gifts-for-shelter-animals-1

Veterans Integration Center Seeking Food Donation to Help Homeless Military Veterans

Did you know that 27% of veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have struggled to provide food for their families? The US Department of Agriculture shows 7.4% of working-age veterans experience food insecurity. You can help by donating fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, bread, and other non-perishable food to the Veterans Integration Center Food Pantry today. To learn more about where to drop off donations, visit: www.nmvic.org/donate

“Converting Hotels to Housing” Public Meeting Next Tuesday

Family and Community Services is hosting a public meeting to discuss the possibility of hotel and motel conversions as a strategy to increase the housing supply in Albuquerque. The meeting takes place Tuesday, December 6 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at the Albuquerque Convention Center Anasazi Room (lower level, west complex). 401 2nd St. NW. To learn more and to RSVP, visit: https://www.cabq.gov/family/events/converting-hotels-to-housing-public-meeting

Planning and Development Tracking Resources for Residents

Did you know you can find information about projects or development going on in your neighborhood? The Planning Department offers several online resources for finding this information and anyone can access it.

The Planning Department’s Land Management System (LMS) can be used to search various types of permit requests.  Specifically, the “Search for Permits by Address” function provides information on the type, status, issuance date and other pertinent details associated with permits for the subject site.  An account is not required in order to use the system’s search features.
DRB, EPC and ZHE Public Hearings
The Development Review Board (DRB)Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) and Zoning Hearing Examiner (ZHE) provide similar but different functions associated with project review.  Applications to these hearing bodies includes notification to property owners and neighborhood associations, but a periodic check of the respective websites will also help to track proposals as they work their way through the review process.