APA New Mexico
A Chapter of the American Planning Association
Western Planner is now accepting proposals for presentations at the 2022 Western Planner and North Dakota Planning Association Conference with sessions to be held September 14-16, 2022 in Bismarck, North Dakota. Proposal Submittal Deadline: February 28, 2022
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or John Valdez (email@example.com).
COMING SOON: Winter 2021/2022 Newsletter & 2021 Annual Report. Winter 2020/2021 Newsletter & 2020 Annual Report
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) soon!
QUESTIONS? Contact the Conference Co-Chairs, joni m palmer, PDO + Rachel Hertzman, Secretary
Congratulations to all of the AWARD winners!
1) Long Range Planning Award for Las Cruces Innovation and Industrial Park, to:
- Dekker Perich Sabatini team: Dale Dekker AIA, Will Gleason AICP, Kate Maliskas AICP, Jessica Lawlis AICP, Katrina Arndt AICP
- Dan Guimond, Economic and Planning Systems
- City of Las Cruces: Cilicia Villegas, Francisco Pallares, Andrew Hume, Katherine Harrison-Rogers, Griselda Martinez
2) Transportation-Land Use Planning Award for Rail Spur Feasibility Study, to:
- Dekker Perich Sabatini team: Will Gleason AICP, Kate Maliskas AICP, Ken Romig, Jessica Lawlis AICP
- City of Albuquerque Planning Staff, Parks & Recreation: Dave Simon, David Flores, Whitney Phelan, Christina Sandoval
- Karen Iverson, Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency, City of Albuquerque
3) Rural Planning Award for Outdoor Recreation Pilot Study
- Amy Bell, Groundwork Studio/NMMS, Revitalization Specialist
- joni m palmer, PhD, sub-consultant
- Daniel Gutierrez, Director, NM Main Street (NMMS), Program/Client
- Axie Navas, Director New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division (NMORD)/Client
4) Planner of the Year: Jacqueline Fishman AICP
News & Updates
IMPORTANT CHAPTER NEWS 4/21/2022 UPCOMING ELECTIONS
Every year, APA members run for elected Leadership positions in Chapters, Divisions, and on the Student Representatives Council.
Call for Nominations! Serving as an elected leader in APA offers a tremendous opportunity to sharpen your skills, expand your networks, and work directly to strengthen the impact of the organization. APA Chapters, Divisions, and the Student Representatives Council are seeking a diverse group of committed members to lead your planning organization in the years ahead. The portal for candidate self-nominations will be open through May 16th at https://apa.directnominations.net/, and includes all the groups and positions up for election this year. And, you can learn more at https://www.planning.org/elections/components/
2022 APA NM Chapter Elections!
2022 is an election year for APA-NM! President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Professional Developmentpositions are open. Serving in APA chapter leadership allows you to grow your career through national and local networking while promoting the cause of sound planning in New Mexico. The existing APA-NM Board encourages anyone interested in Board leadership to self-nominate or nominate a planner you believe will make a good chapter leader! In the coming days, APA-NM in conjunction with National APA will begin the call for nominations. Please don’t hesitate to contact John Valdez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on each open position.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 [email@example.com] 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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com
If you are interested in recordings or other information about past events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the event coordinator.
Calling all Co-Creators who love Downtown Albuquerque!! Come join us for an inspirational afternoon that will ignite our collective passion for the City we Love! What makes cities lovable? What motivates ordinary people to do extraordinary things for their places? How are some cities using that energy to fill in the gaps that “official” city makers have left?
Peter Kageyama is the author of “For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places”, and his latest, “The Emotional Infrastructure of Places”. He is a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders that is dedicated to improving the practice of local government. Peter is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks all over the world about bottom-up community development and the amazing people who are making change happen.
Other Speakers include Mayor Tim Keller, Hakim Bellamy, and Kalika Davis & Henry Jake Forman of NM Community Capital.
Hosted bar and appetizers to follow and included in ticket price.
When :June 1, 2022, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: KiMo Theatre
Ticket Details: Donation Minimum $10 | Click here to register: http://go.abqcf.org/abq
All ticket proceeds will benefit ABQ Artwalk.
Proper Maintenance of Green Stormwater Infrastructure features Class.
Happy Spring! Design and installation are the basis for healthy living landscapes. Understanding how these two pillars influence the third pillar, maintenance practices, can be instrumental to assure your project’s long-term success. I invite you to this upcoming Water Smart Academy training hosted in partnership with the ARID LID coalition. It’s next Friday, April 29 at the Botanic Garden from 1 pm – 4 pm and we have space available. https://www.abcwua.org/conservation-rebates-water-smart-academy/
This training would walk participants through the proper methods to maintain permeable pavers/pavement/concrete; stormwater conveyance structures such as stormwater bumpouts, bioswales, trenches, and basins; plant maintenance in the different inundation zones; and mulch maintenance. This in-person training would complement the resources produced by the Arid LID Coalition such as the Maintenance Manual which includes checklists and maintenance frequency recommendations, as well as the video series that illustrates exactly how to properly maintain these features.
Expert trainer: Mario Nuño-Whelan, MRWMLA and ARID LID Coalition
Carlos A. Bustos
Water Conservation Program Manager
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
PO Box 568 | Albuquerque NM | 87103
505.289-3005 | www.abcwua.org
Upcoming Opportunities, Events, Webinars, and Professional Development
· Today, January 21, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm ET: The Struggle for Equality: Overcoming a Segregated Past
· February 2, 2022, 12 – 1:30 CST: JUMPSTART YOUR EQUITY WORK PARTNERING WITH SCHOOL PLANNERS
· February 4, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm ET: Responding to Climate Change
· February 18, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm ET: Climate Science & Planning: The Basics
· February 25, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm ET: Climate Science & Planning: Intermediate Roundtable
· March 11, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm ET: Public Health Series
· March 18, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm ET: Public Health Series
· March 25, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm ET: Digital Planning in a Digital World
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: email@example.com
*PLEASE NOTE: I’ve been keeping some postings up longer than usual because many are still open. Please let me know if your job posting has closed.
Jobs—2 job opportunities at Taos County Planning Department, a Planner II position and a Plans Examiner/Inspector position. See links for full description. Feel free to contact Andy Jones—Sr. Planner, Taos County Planning Dept.—with any questions: p: 575-737-6443 e :Andy.firstname.lastname@example.org POSTED 23 May 2022
Job – Groundwork Studio is hiring a landscape architect. As a relatively small and highly creative studio, we are looking for people who are flexible and can complete a variety of different tasks successfully with a positive attitude. Our approach emphasizes a high level of collaboration within our team and with our clients, prioritizing community-led outcomes. POSTED 23 May 2022
Job – Groundwork Studio is hiring a planner! As a relatively small and highly creative studio, we are looking for people who are flexible and can complete a variety of different tasks successfully and with a good sense of humor. Our approach emphasizes a high level of collaboration within our team and with our clients, prioritizing community-led outcomes.
The preferred candidate has a minimum of 2 years experience in a design/planning office setting, can think through problems with minimal supervision, is comfortable communicating with clients independently, has experience with research and writing plans and proposals, and is highly organized.
Fluency in MS Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and ArcGIS is a minimum requirement.
If this sounds exciting to you, we invite you to submit a cover letter, resume, and portfolio for consideration to email@example.com.
Please visit our website www.groundworkstudionm.com to see the range of projects you would be working on, as well as these websites for ongoing work: https://gws.mysocialpinpoint.com/pueblo-alto-mile-hi; https://bit.ly/louisianablvd; https://bit.ly/arenalopenspace; https://bit.ly/Geneivasarroyo; https://bit.ly/walkerpropertyplan
Job – City of ABQ’s Automated Speed Enforcement Program Manager. Closes May 4th . This is a new position to manage a new program. This position will serve as the primary point of contact to oversee and coordinate the work of the Automated Speed Enforcement program among City Departments, the vendor, the public, and other relevant stakeholders. Other duties include but are not limited to: data collection, analysis, interpretation, and tracking, administering the community service component of the program, and presenting program data/findings to staff, leadership, and the community. POSTED 25 April 2022
Job – Bernalillo County GIS/Technology Section has a posting for the GIS Technician position. Posting closes in 3 weeks. POSTED 21 April 2022
Job – GIS / Socioeconomic Analyst – The Mid-Region Council of Governments seeks a full-time staff member to join the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) as an entry to mid-level GIS / Socioeconomic analyst. APPLY BY: 5pm Tuesday 3 May. POSTED 11 April 2022
PLANNING INTERN at Wilson & Company
Job – Dona Ana County has two Planner—Current Planning positions open until 4/14/2022. Planner-Current Planning in Las Cruces, New Mexico | Careers at Dona Ana County Gov. Center (icims.com)
Job – Bohannan Huston, Transportation Planner, Location: Albuquerque, NM POSTED 24 March 2022
JOB – Aeronautics Office Director – St. Paul, MN. MnDOT is seeking an experienced leader to oversee the implementation of Aeronautics plans, programs, and projects. This senior manager plays a leadership role in ensuring all requirements of the statewide transportation plan for aeronautical programs are being met and ensures significant issues are communicated. This role interacts with municipal officials and operators of state airports, elected officials, representatives of the aviation industry, other state agencies, regional offices of the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the National Association of State Aviation Officials, and other entities within the aviation industry to collaborate and ensure awareness of new developments in the field of aviation. Up to $134,363. Application deadline: March 25
More information Here | View current openings by clicking MnDOT CAREERS POSTED 14 March 2022
JOBS – APS continues to look for architects, engineers and construction managers!
– Staff Architect or Engineer 3 Positions
– Staff Construction Manager 1 Position
Deadline to apply is 13 March: Albuquerque Public Schools | Facilities Design + Construction Department| WWW.aps.edu under Staff Architect or Construction Manager Position. POSTED 3 March 2022
2 JOBS – The City of Albuquerque Planning Department has been restructuring to provide specialized assistance to each of 12 community planning areas and create a dedicated team to guide the annual update process for our zoning code. This is a great opportunity to join our team and help shape the future of planning and zoning in Albuquerque. POSTED 28 Feb. 2022
E16 Senior Planner – Working under a Principal Planner, this position would provide specialized support for the annual update of our zoning code and have a key role in training community members to harness the power of zoning to achieve their goals and vision. Job posting: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cabq/jobs/3258867/senior-planner-e16 Closes 3/18
M15 Planner – This position would provide specialized assistance to two community planning areas in Albuquerque, guiding community assessments and following up to help facilitate and manage projects that implement community priorities as part of the Long Range Planning team. At the end of the cycle of community planning area assessments, the entire Long Range team will work together to update the Comprehensive Plan to reflect each community’s vision and goals. Job posting: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cabq/jobs/3386538/planner-m15 Closes 3/18
Have questions? Let’s talk!
Mikaela Renz-Whitmore, Division Manager, Urban Design & Development |. City of Albuquerque Planning Department | 505.924.3932 | firstname.lastname@example.org
JOB – CABQ M15 Planner position opened Friday 18 Feb. 2022 and closes on March 7. The M15 Planner is standard job classification within the City of Albuquerque, so the job description does not reflect all duties. The position will be within the Department of Municipal Development in the Engineering Division. Duties include but are not limited to multimodal transportation planning – particularly bicycle/pedestrian planning, bike accessibility, staff support for the Greater Albuquerque Active Transportation Committee, and vision zero among other planning duties. If you have questions, reach out to: Valerie Hermanson, AICP, Public Works Strategic Program Manager
Job-Groundwork Studio is hiring a landscape designer/landscape architect. As a relatively small and highly creative studio, we are looking for people who are flexible and can complete a variety of different tasks successfully and with a good sense of humor. Our approach emphasizes a high level of collaboration within our team and with our clients, prioritizing community-led outcomes.
Interested candidates can get a feel for our vibe by visiting our website and some of our current projects: https://groundworkstudionm.com/; https://gws.mysocialpinpoint.com/pueblo-alto-mile-hi; https://bit.ly/Geneivasarroyo, https://bit.ly/arenalopenspace, https://bit.ly/walkerpropertyplan
Requirements: Minimum two years working in a landscape design office setting with daily experience in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite (primarily Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) and the MS office suite; Excellent sense of design; ArcGIS (not required, but preferred)
Email Will: email@example.com POSTED 17 Feb. 2022
Job – Albuquerque Public Schools Facilities Design + Construction Department has three open positions for Staff Architect and one opening for Staff Construction Manager. Interested applicants are asked to visit aps.edu for job description details and recently upgraded salary compensation. POSTED 11 Feb. 2022
JOBS—NMDOT is hiring two more people in our Multimodal Planning & Programs Bureau. POSTED 9 FEB. 2022
The NMDOT Multimodal Planning & Programs Bureau is hiring for the Government to Government (GTG) Unit Supervisor This position directly supervises 2 full-time staff and indirectly supervises 5 full-time staff. The GTG Unit is comprised of two teams, each lead by an Urban & Regional Planner Supervisor. One team includes the GTG Planning Liaisons, who work closely with the Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations in NM. The second team is the Active Transportation Programs team, which manages three federal funding programs: Transportation Alternatives (TAP), Recreational Trails (RTP) and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ). This team also includes the Bicycle/Pedestrian/Equestrian Coordinator and their multimodal planning efforts. This position is in pay band 80 ($48,223-$83,908 annually). To see the job posting and apply, please visit this linkand search for job ID 122036. The job posting closes 2/16. Applicants must attach their transcripts to their profile. Please contact Rosa Kozub (505-231-9869, firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
The NMDOT Multimodal Planning & Programs Bureau is hiring for the HSIP, Technical and Freight Unit Supervisor This position oversees the Highway Safety Improvement Program staff (Engineer Tech IV and Urban & Regional Planner-Advanced) and the Technical and Freight Planning Staff (Line Manager II and two reports). The position provides administrative oversight of the $22 million/year Highway Safety Improvement Program, as well as the department’s Travel Demand Model, freight planning activities and the roadway functional classification program. This position is in pay band 80 ($48,223-$83,908 annually). To see the job posting and apply, please visit this linkand search for job ID 122129. The job posting closes 2/22. Applicants must attach their transcripts to their profile. Please contact Jessica Griffin (505-231-7769, Jessica.email@example.com) or Rosa Kozub (505-231-9869, firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
NMDOT is hiring an Urban & Regional Planner Supervisor! This position is in the Multimodal Planning and Programs Bureau. It supervises the Government to Government team, which includes directly supervising 3 Full Time Exempts. Additionally, this position is responsible for managing the financial aspects of the Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations, as well as the requirements outlined in the Planning Procedures Manual. This position also serves as a Planning Liaison to assigned Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations, assists the Bureau with the development and implementation of transportation plans, and other duties as assigned. This position is based in Santa Fe (some telecommuting allowed under current Governor) and is Pay Band 70 ($38,101 – $66,296 annually) and benefits. To view the job posting and apply, please visit the State Personnel Office – Careers site, and search for job number 121462. We are accepting applications through 1/28/22. Please attach your transcripts to your profile for submission with your application. Please contact Rosa Kozub (email@example.com) with any questions. POSTED 18 January 2022
Job – CITY OF FARMINGTON, NM Invites applications for the position of: Planning Manager. POSTED 21 January 2021
Jobs – Rio Rancho’s Development Services Department [still] has 2 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 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.
[RE]POSTED 21 January 2021
Please check deadlines for the following jobs, some have already passed but some may still be open!
Job – City of Albuquerque – Associate Planner – Entry Level: Apply here. POSTED 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