City Council’s LUPZ Committee Hearing #1 May 5th

The City Council’s Land Use, Planning, and Zoning (LUPZ) Committee will review proposed changes to the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO), the City’s zoning code, on Wednesday, May 5 at 3 p.m. via Zoom.

For details on how to join the Zoom meeting, please refer to the LUPZ agenda, available here: Legistar Calendar
This first LUPZ hearing will include a presentation from staff, and public comments will be taken.

You can also send written comments via email to the City Clerk:
Note: For amendments affecting only a small area, City Council will be acting quasi-judicially (i.e. similar to judges). For that reason, you cannot contact your Councilor directly with comments about proposed changes to small area regulations. Instead, contact Council planning staff:
Petra Morris:
Shanna Schultz:

LUPZ materials for review: Ordinance to adopt IDO Annual Update 2020: O-21-60 Proposed City Council LUPZ Amendments Redline Draft 

More details about the 2020 IDO Annual Update: Project Webpage

Construction Begins Monday, May 3, on Westside Blvd Widening Project

Update as of Friday, April 30, 2021
CONTACT for questions and more information:
Patti Watson, 505-269-9691 cell; 505-245-3134 office;
For information or to sign up for email construction updates, visit:
Star Paving begins construction Monday, May 3, 2021. The first phase of construction is expected to last through late fall 2021 and the entire project is expected to be completed in spring 2022. For now, the following traffic impacts will be in place:
Westside Blvd will have westbound traffic shifted and reduced to one lane west of Golf Course Rd and just east of Golf Course Rd. Golf Course Rd will have one thru lane and one right-turn lane of northbound traffic south of Westside Blvd. Golf Course Rd will have one lane of northbound traffic just north of Westside Blvd. Golf Course Rd will have one lane of southbound traffic just north of Westside Blvd. Regular work hours are Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., although the contractor may work longer hours or on weekends if needed.
About the Westside Blvd Widening Project
The Westside Blvd Widening Project will widen about 0.85 miles of Westside Blvd from NM 528 (Coors Blvd) to Golf Course Rd from two lanes to four. It will also provide dedicated left-hand turn lanes at the intersections of Westside Blvd and Golf Course Rd, 7 Bar Loop, Sierrita Rd and Grande Blvd. In addition, the project will improve storm drainage and provide better, safer travel options for pedestrians and bicyclists.
All construction is weather permitting and is subject to change without notice.

Northwest Community Policing Council Meeting May 19th


Good Morning and Good Afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am the City of Albuquerque Community Policing Liaison and my job is to help the 6 Albuquerque Community Policing Councils promote APD’s transition to Community Policing. For those of you who may be unaware, the Department of Justice came up with a decree in 2015 that the Albuquerque Police Department’s unnecessary use of force  demanded changes in the department, one of which being the establishment of the aforementioned Community Policing Councils;

The Community Policing Councils work closely with the Albuquerque Police Department to develop a comprehensive community policing approach that collaboratively identifies and implements strategies to address crime and safety issues.

Rather than simply responding to crimes once they have been committed, community policing concentrates on preventing crime and eliminating the atmosphere of fear it creates. Earning the trust of the community and making those individuals stakeholders in their own safety enables law enforcement to better understand both the needs of the community and the factors that contribute to crime.

A well–functioning police department has the trust of the residents it protects, functions as a part of the community rather than isolated from it, and cultivates legitimacy when the public views it as engaging with them fairly and respecting the rule of law. 

Officers should value civil rights, respect every member of their community, and see their work as an investment in the community.

I am sending this letter to you today in hopes that you will pass it on to members of your Association so that we can get more community involvement in our monthly webinars:  Our next NWCPC webinar will be held on May 19th, and these meetings contain information vital to the local community regarding the Police Department, crime, and issues caused by crime. We offer the opportunity to meet the police officers in the local command, make suggestions and ask questions. Invitation below;

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: May 19, 2021 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Northwest Community Policing Council

Register in advance for this webinar:


Your NWCPC Chair is Eric Jackson, and you can reach him at, or in the general email box at

Thank you for your time, and I hope to see heavy CPC involvement from your Association.

 Kelly K. Mensah
City of Albuquerque Community Policing Council Liaison
(505) 261-5611 (personal)
(505) 366-1389

Solid Waste Management Department Offers Spring Green Waste Pickup

Green Waste pickup is a free service offered to Solid Waste customers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Starting Monday, May 3rd, the City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Management Department’s (SWMD) Spring green waste collection will begin and will run through Friday, May 14th. SWMD will pick up residential green waste at no additional charge.

“Our Spring green waste collection program is an incredible opportunity for Solid Waste customers to have their green waste collected free of charge.” stated Matthew Whelan, Director of Solid Waste Management Department. “A key benefit of this program is reuse. Currently, the green waste collected is mulched and used to help provide soil protection at the Cerro Colorado Landfill.”

Solid Waste customers should have their green waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on their regular trash collection day. All green waste must be placed 5 feet from trash and recycling containers as well as any large items scheduled for pick-up.

Solid Waste customers must place their green waste such as leaves, grass, and brush in trash bags. Each trash bag should not weigh more than 40 pounds. Customers that have branches must cut them to four-foot lengths and bundle them securely. Green waste should not be placed in your recycle cart.

The following items will not be picked up:

  • Dirt
  • Construction debris
  • Gravel
  • Construction material
  • Tree stumps

For more information call 311, TTY 711, or visit