APA New Mexico

A Chapter of the American Planning Association

You can still REGISTER for the conference!                   Once again, APA-NM is collaborating with our Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas partners to put on a regionalconference event. The conference is a hybrid event (both on-site in Fort Worth and virtual) on November 1st – 3rd. Check-out the program: there will be APA-NM members presenting at the conference!

*APA-NM will also host a one-day event on Friday 10 December to complement the Cross-Chapter Collaborative Conference. 


REGISTER for the APA-NM 2021 1-day Virtual Conference + Annual Meeting, “Emerging Trends: Planning in NM, in a [post-] pandemic world”              WHEN: Friday 10 December 2021; 8:45 am – 6 pm | Virtual or Covid-Safe Social Hour: 6:30-7:30 pm
Join us at George Pearl Hall [Rooms 133 and 135] for broadcasting of sessions, or to just come by and say hello.  Please abide by UNM Covid protocols.

CALL FOR SESSIONSDeadline to submit: Friday 5 November at 5 pm via google forms (see linked doc for information)

Melanie Stansbury is our Plenary Speaker!  Preliminary Program will be posted soon.

Please note: APA-NM is still participating in the APC3*21 Regional Conference.

QUESTIONS? Contact the  Conference Co-Chairs, joni m palmer, PDO + Rachel Hertzman, Secretary

News & Updates

Do you have news to post?  Send to joni palmer: pdo@apa-nm.org
AICP Exam Pass Rates:  I received a listing of state pass rates from Samantha Morse, the newly installed APA Leadership Associate.  Here are the pass rates for NM and our neighboring states: AZ  69.20%; CO 71.40%; NM 43%; TX  45.30%. Let me [pdo@apa-nm.org] know if you have any thoughts about our pass rate, ideas for assisting AICP exam takers, etc.
AICP Panel: I am hoping to put together a panel (Zoom only), “Why and How AICP?” this fall: Please let me know if you are interested in participating.  I am imagining this panel as a way to: 1) introduce current students to AICP (at UNM, NMSU, WNMU), with panelists discussing why they took the exam and what it has meant to their careers, and 2) offer advice to early career planners who are considering taking (or not taking) the exam.  If you are interested in being a panelist, please email me at pdo@apa-nm.org
What are you seeing, reading, experiencing that inspires you/your practice?. Send me an email with the following: High res photo; Caption (with date, location, if appropriate) with a KEYWORD (e.g., TRANSPORTATION PLANNING), and credit the image; 50 word description (with link, if appropriate); Include your name, affiliation, etc. if you so desire
*Student members encouraged to participate, too 😊
I will gather and post on a rotating basis on the APA-NM website. Let’s share, and inspire each other!


Do you have an event to share?  Please send info to joni palmer: pdo@apa-nm.org
If you are interested in recordings or other information about past events, please contact pdo@apa-nm.org or the event coordinator.
Bike Thru Burque Week: October 9-17  
Features a range of virtual activities—including a riding competition, scavenger hunt, and photo contest. Any time you participate means more change to win prizes— and you can also visit one of the pop-up events for more chances to win prizes. and pop-up events.  More than anything, it’s just about getting people to go out and ride a bicycle. 
Please consider “committing to ride” on our website (www.bikethruburque.com). By doing so, you automatically get entered into a raffle for gift cards, bike tune up vouchers, t-shirts, and more. A lot of places around town are offering discounts as well, including $1 off pints at various breweries (see the website for more info). 
Pop-up Events:
  • Bike-in-Coffee: Oct 9 – 10 AM to Noon
  • Boxing Bear Brewing West Downtown Taproom: Saturday, Oct 9 – 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Bike-in-Coffee: Oct 10 – 10 AM to Noon
  • Steel Bender Brewyard: Sunday, Oct 10 – 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Mid-Region Council of Governments (Downtown Albuquerque): October 12 – Noon to 1 PM 
  • Canteen Brewhouse (2381 Aztec Rd NE): Friday, Oct 15 – 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Bike-in-Coffee: Oct 16 – 10 AM to Noon
  • High and Dry Brewing: Saturday, Oct 16 – 4:30-6:30 PM
Webinar: Germany 2030 National Cycling Plan 3.0 Wednesday 22 September at 5:30 pm MST
Western States Planning Conference  A note about the conference, from Dan Pava, FAICP
The joint Arizona APA and Western Planner Conference was held 22-25 August at the Camelback Resort near Phoenix. Attendance hovered around 400 mostly in-person. About a quarter were out-of-state Western Planner registrants. Conference policy requested masks and social distancing as appropriate. Meeting rooms were set up to facilitate as such. Mitch Silver AICP President addressed the lunch keynote advocating for inclusivity and diversity in our planning efforts, drawing on examples while he was NYC Parks Commissioner. Tribal attorney Margo Hill addressed the second lunch plenary sharing her experiences growing up on the Spokane reservation. NM Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard attended and participated in both my and Meredeth’s panels. She seems to be very invested in planning and quite aware of APA  New Mexico’s value advocating sound planning policies and practices. I would like to again thank the APA NM Board for being a sponsor and facilitating conference publicity. The conference was also set up to broadcast 16 virtual sessions, including law and ethics, that will be available until March 2022.  Western Planner will hold a joint conference in 2022 with North and South Dakota, in Bismark.
Materials (agenda, zoom link, presenter PPTs, Info about CM credits) from the NMAPA Event: Navigating Local Cannabis Land Use Policies are located in the RESOURCES tab / AICP & CM Credits.  WHEN: Wednesday, August 11th, 11:30-1:00pm  WHERE: Zoom.                                                  

Jobs [Current openings]

Check out the JOBS tabs (above/main menu) for more job [search] resources.

Please send job postings for the website to    joni palmer: pdo@apa-nm.org
Job – Agency Analyst –New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority.  Since its creation in 2002, the Public School Facilities Authority (PSFA) serves as staff to the Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC) to assist school districts and charter schools in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of their facilities. We are an Albuquerque based agency of the State of New Mexico. Visit this  link to apply.  POSTED 19 Oct 2021
Job-The Tierra Contenta Corporation, a nonprofit in charge of development of the large mixed income neighborhood on the South Side of Santa Fe is looking for an executive director to lead the next phase of development. Visit https://lnkd.in/dquW3_PD for more information.
Job – Outreach & Engagement Planner @ MRCOG CLOSING Date: 22 October at 5 pm
JOBS BELOW ARE CLOSED: will be archived soon!
Job – Albuquerque Public Schools currently has a job opening for Staff Architect in the Facilities Design + Construction Department. Interested applicants should apply online at aps.edu. Posting #00047692.  Deadline to apply is 9-12-21 at 4:00 pm.
Job – Taos County Planner II  POSTED 1 Sept 2021
Job – UPDATED City of Española, Director, Planning and Land Use Apply online or contact HR Generalist, Shannon Sandoval at: smsandoval@espanolanm.gov | (505) 747-6057 POSTED 30 Aug2021
Job – Regional Planning Program Manager – The Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) seeks an experienced planner to manage the Regional Planning Program. POSTED 31 July 2021