APA New Mexico

A Chapter of the American Planning Association
2022 Conferences

We will be posting information about 2022 APA conferences
as information becomes available. 

We are starting to plan for APA-NM’s 2022 conference!
Let us know if you are interested in being a part of the conference
committee.  Email Rachel Hertzman (apanmsecretary@gmail.com)
or John Valdez (president@apa-nm.org).


Thank you to all presenters and attendees for making the APA-NM 2021 1-day Virtual Conference + Annual Meeting a success!

We will be posting materials (presenter slide decks and zoom/YouTube) within the next week.  

Conference PROGRAM.

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
Housing needed for Afghan refugees: As a refugee resettlement agency, Lutheran Family Services (LFS) is assisting recently arrived Afghan refugees.  Please contact  Rachel Hertzman at hertzman.rachel@gmail.com if you are a landlord and/or know of available housing to rent to recently arrived Afghan refugees.  LFS can arrange the lease so clients are paying 3 months of rent upfront (or deposit, 1st and last month).  Lease agreement is between the owner and refugee family, LFS is not a co-signer.  LFS can provide a financial letter of support detailing benefit income and resettlement funds. POSTED 1/14/2022
UNM students presented their work at the conference on Wed. 3 November.  If you would like to check out the presentation please click this link to watch the zoom presentation.
If you presented at the conference and would like to share your presentation with APA-NM members, please email me (share your files) and I will post asap!
Western Planner Seeks Your Planning Article! The December issue of Western Planner online journal will focus  on Planning Law and Legal Issues.
Hey New Mexico planner: Perhaps you already have a paper, article or presentation that lends itself to this topic?
– Or you may wish to write about hands-on experiences and share it with the wider Western Planner audience?
– Or perhaps there is a story based upon a session at the upcoming November APAC3⋆21: Cross-Chapter Collaborative conference?
Western Planner articles can take the form of case studies, reports, overviews, interviews, opinion pieces, and more. Typical articles run up to 2000 words but can be shorter or longer, and are enhanced with graphics, photos or artwork.
The deadline for drafts is November 15th, after which the Western Planner editor and editorial board will review. Please contact Dan Pava danpava1955@gmail.com or 505-577-2319 for further information or to discuss your idea for an article.
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.
The UNM School of Architecture and Planning Fall Career Fair of 2021 will be an online event, there is no need to man a booth and take away from your firm members’ valuable time.
For this Career Fair we will be using the Handshake Platform in order to abide by FERPA student privacy requirements. The Handshake platform usually charges a fee to employers, but if signing on with UNM, it is free to post positionsdirected toward UNM students and recent graduates (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Community and Regional Planning ). Once you are on the platform the hiring process becomes more streamlined and efficient!

We will be having three informational onboarding sessions to help get you all on to Handshake and Introduce you to the new **Micro-Internship program. Please attend whichever of these sessions works best for you.
ZOOM  | Password: UNM
If none of these fit within your schedule, please contact us and we can try to meet with you at another time convenient for you.
NOV 4 @ 4:00 PM
NOV 5 @ 9:00 AM
NOV 9 @ 11:30 AM
Visit our informational Miro Board for dates and more information. Also, feel free to email us with any further questions or concerns to Kristina Yu – khyu@unm.edu or Era Shae Brown – erabrown95@unm.edu.
We look forward to seeing you in one of the onboarding sessions!
Kristina Yu – Special Assistant to the Dean Careers | Internship
Shae Brown – M Arch 2022, Project Assistant
UNM Outreach Team
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 – City of El Paso, Chief Planner.  POSTED 1/14/2022 | Closes 2/10/2022
Job – The University of New Mexico’s Planning, Design & Construction is looking for a talented Planner and Sr. Planner. Please find these job descriptions posted in UNMJobs.  POSTED 17 Dec. 2021 
Job – City of Albuquerque – Associate Planner – Entry Level: Apply herePOSTED 17 Dec. 2021
  • Join the team doing community planning throughout Albuquerque
  • Innovate with us to focus on equity measures and outcomes
  • Receive training and mentorship in public engagement and your subject matter of interest
  • Learn on the job how to be a city planner


Rio Rancho’s Development Services Department has 3 planner job openings! 
Deputy Director of Development Services. The Deputy Director of Development Services is responsible for assisting the director with the management and leadership of the department. A primary function of this position is to facilitate, monitor, and ensure the efficient processing of development projects, working closely with division managers, staff, external agencies and developers. 
Municipal Planner IIThe Municipal Planner-II performs a variety of professional level work involving technical research and analysis on planning issues and initiatives and reporting of social, economic and engineering data for use in current and long-range planning; and provides information and assistance on planning related matters to the public and other department staff. 
Municipal Planner I.  The Municipal Planner-I performs entry level planning work by performing research, reviewing and evaluating site plans, interpret ordinances, providing legal descriptions of property, assisting in the analysis and proposal of plans, programs and projects, and provides technical support, information and guidance on planning issues.
POSTED 17 Dec. 2021
Job – Tierra Right of Way Services – Planning Position. Are you interested in infrastructure planning? Would you like to help communities throughout New Mexico with projects that improve local quality of life? Tierra Right of Way Services, Ltd. works with local government agencies in acquiring the property rights necessary to complete important transportation and other infrastructure projects. We work closely with designers, engineers, real estate professionals and local agency officials in a dynamic project-based work environment. We are looking for candidates who are interested in joining our team in New Mexico with a particular eye toward planning professionals. The preferred candidate will have at least 3-5 years of experience working in local or state government in New Mexico and a background in community planning. 
If interested, please contact Meghan Bayer at 505-228-0902 or mbayer@tierra-row.com or Wade Patterson at 505-688-2008 or wpatterson@tierra-row.com
More information about Tierra can be found here: https://www.tierra-row.com/index.php POSTED 7 December 2021
Job – Community Planner, Santa Fe County, CLOSES 13 December https://www.santafecountynm.gov/job_description/community-planner-14   POSTED 7 December 2021
Job – City of Santa Fe, Senior Planner.  DEADLINE: 10 Dec. 2021!  The primary responsibility of this senior planner position is helping to implement the Santa Fe Homes Program (inclusionary zoning). This is an amazing opportunity for someone who would like to work on one of the nation’s first and most established IZ programs. It involves working closely with Land Use planners as a member of the City’s Development Review Committee, meeting with developers who have potential projects and negotiating the terms of their compliance, advising the Planning Commission on the terms of the SFHP Agreements, and providing research, policy support and information on all aspects of affordable housing. Our three homeownership nonprofits (Habitat, Homewise, the Housing Trust) also play a big role in implementing the program so part of the job is working closely with them and collaborating on programming and projects. And finally, this job will involve working on the redevelopment of the Midtown Campus.  POSTED 2 Dec. 2021
Job- Santa Fe County is hiring at Community Planner.  Apply online. Deadline: 13 December 2021.  POSTED 2 DEC. 2021
Job- NMDOT is hiring an Urban & Regional Planner-Advanced! This is a full time, permanent position based in Santa Fe. The position is part of the Multimodal Planning & Programs Bureau, Government to Government Unit, and primarily serves as a Planning Liaison to Metropolitan/Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (MPOs/RTPOs). Additionally, this position works on program and project management, assisting the Bureau with the development and implementation of transportation plans, and other duties as assigned. This position is pay band 65, with an hourly rate of $16.45-$28.63, or $34,226-$59,553 annually. Please submit your application (with transcripts) before 12/01/2021, when the application period closes. Please see job details, minimum qualifications and application information on NM State Personnel Office Careers site, and search for job ID 120376. Please contact Rosa Kozub with any questions (rosa.kozub@state.nm.us, 505-231-9869). POSTED 18 Nov 2021
Job UPDATE 15 November 2021: APS Facilities Design + Construction still has two openings for Staff Architect.  Albuquerque Public Schools Facilities Design + Construction Department has two open positions for Staff Architect. Interested applicants are asked to contact Rita Romero or Karen Alarid at rita.romero@aps.edu and alarid_k@aps.edu.
Job – [Entry Level] Planner, City of Santa Fe  POSTED 15 Nov. 2021
Job –PLANNER SENIOR | City of Santa Fe, NM | Deadline 19 November 2021
Job -Bureau Chief for the Multimodal Planning and Programs Bureau (MPPB) in NMDOT Planning Division POSTED 9 Nov. 2021
Job – Cheyenne MPO, WY – Senior Planner, Transportation | Salary: $49,338 – $75,660 | Apply via this link. Deadline: Until filled. POSTED 4 NOV. 2021
Job – Planning Manager, City of Farmington, Job position #186. Open until filled.  POSTED 28 Oct. 2021
Jobs (2) –City of Baytown, Texas. Assistant Director– Signing Bonus $5,000 + Current Planning Manager– Signing Bonus $2,500 City of Baytown POSTED 28 Oct. 2021
2 Jobs at Consensus Planning: Planner and GIS Planner  POSTED 24 Oct. 2021
 Job – Planner 2 at SITES SOUTHWEST, LTD  POSTED 24 Oct. 2021
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