APA New Mexico
A Chapter of the American Planning Association
Stories of Resilience, 2022 APA-NM State-Wide Conference: Wednesday 25 October, 7:30 am – Friday 28 October, 1:30 pm MST at Berna Facio Professional Development Center
Planner of the Year: Click this link if you would like to nominate someone!
Planning Award Nomination: For Planning Award nominations, click here.
Conference Call for Sessions: Due 1 July 2022, NOTE: student deadline is 9 September
Information about Sponsorship Opportunities.
It is with great sadness that we inform the APA-NM family that Española Planning Director Muhammed Hussain has passed away. Muhammed was a young man with an infectious smile and enthusiasm for planning and New Mexico. He was eager to get involved with our chapter and has recently lent his time to our 2022 Conference Planning Committee. Today we send condolences to the Española community mourn with his family, friends, and loved ones. Our lives have been enriched by his presence and are grateful for the time we got to know him. We will send out any information on ways to pay your respects to his family and all those who loved him, once details are available.
John M. Valdez, AICP
In the wake of the recent tragic death of fellow planner Muhammad Afzaal Hussain as well as the other Muslim men in our community, APA-NM is inviting the New Mexico planning community to a Community Dialogue to discuss honoring Muhammad’s legacy as well as ways that we, as planners, can address community safety.
Please join us at 12:00 PM on August 19th via zoom. US Representative Melanie Stansbury is scheduled to join us for a portion of the discussion.
Zoom link will be sent via the list serve.
A ‘gofundme’ page has been created “by the City of Espanola for the benefit of the Hussain Family. The monies will help cover funeral costs and provide a financial cushion since Muhammad was the sole family provider. Imtiaz, Muhammad’s brother, says Muhammad loved education and how it empowers a person and a community. Funds will also be used to honor Muhammad by funding a school in Pakistan.”
Funeral service of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain will be held:
Friday August 5, 2022
Islamic Center of New Mexico
1100 Yale Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
News & Updates
NOMINATIONS CLOSED JULY 25th!
The WPR Board is seeking nominations for the Western Planner of the Year, Citizen Planner of the Year, the Sheldon D. Gerber Special Merit Award for Excellence in Environmental Planning, Student Planning Project, the Rural Innovation Award and while we’re at it, the Lester Award!
All of the awards will be recognized in the online journal and at the 2022 Western Planner Conference in Bismarck-Mandan this year – plan NOW to be there!
VOTE for APA-NM Board Members. Your ballot will come from APA Election Coordinator <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, which will contain a link to cast your ballot. Please see the following information for member support regarding ballots:
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As the ballots are rolling out, please allow until end of day tomorrow, July 20th, for your ballot to arrive in your inbox. If you do not receive a ballot, please have them contact mailto:email@example.com to request a new ballot.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Samantha Morse, Leadership Manager. Ballots close August 20, 2022 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 [firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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!
If you are interested in recordings or other information about past events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the event coordinator.
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
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*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.
Job – Building and Construction Coordinator, Town of Bernalillo, NM, Recruitment Period: July 26, 2022 – Until Filled. POSTED 12Aug 2022
Job – Disaster Recovery Coordinator: The North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (the Council of Governments for Taos, Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Sandoval, San Miguel, & Los Alamos Counties) is hiring a new Disaster Recovery Coordinator. POSTED 10 Aug 2022
Job – The City of Albuquerque’s Dept. of Municipal Development (DMD) is looking for a transportation planner (Planner M15). Job closes 23 August 2022. POSTED 9 Aug 2022
Planning INTERNSHIP opportunity with Bernalillo County BernCo – Internship Flyer POSTED 8 August 2022
POSTED 29 June 2022
Job – Santa Fe County Senior Planner
Job – City of Santa Fe – Senior Planner, Current Planning. Open until 7/15/2022. Hourly Rate Range $27.50 – $41.24 Description: City of Santa Fe Senior Planners perform a variety of managerial and professional technical duties in overseeing project development involving highly technical, complex work in physical, economic, social and/or planning in a specialized area. Senior Planners perform as a project or planning team leader. Applications must be submitted online
Job – City and County of Denver with our Community Planning and Development department
Job – Planner (Public Works / Planning Program), Pueblo of Laguna is STILL OPEN. Posted 15 June 2022
RFP – City of Baytown, TX: Unified Land Development Code Update. Submittal Deadline: 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. POSTED 14 June 2022
Job – Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Gunnison County is seeking an experienced Planning Director to join this progressive, high-performing organization.
Job – Santa Fe County Community Planner Undertakes a variety of planning projects which may include the formulating and implementing of plans, strategies, ordinances, agreements, legislation, programs and policies. The Community Planner position posted today and will close on 06/17/2022. POSTED 3 June 2022
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 – 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 – 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 | email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com) 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.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rosa Kozub (505-231-9869, email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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