Groups Encourage City to Focus on Passage of Menaul Redevelopment Plan

For Release: March 16, 2023

Contact: Tom Garrity, info@garritypr.com, (505) 898-8689

Albuquerque, NM – Following a month’s long appeal process, a Land Use Hearing Officer (under contract to the City of Albuquerque) sided with six appellants who objected to the City’s violation of its own Integrated Development Ordinance.

Land use Hearing Officer Steven M. Chavez, Esq. cited in his 48 page opinion that “on two issues raised by appellants in all the appeals, I find (1) that there is an insufficient factual basis to approve the application; the application is not supported by substantial evidence to satisfy explicit Use-specific Standards in the IDO; and (2) that the decision approving the application is not supported by substantial evidence and violates at least two IDO requirements for such decisions. To expeditiously dispose of the matter, I do not propose another remand. Below, I propose that the City Council reverse City Staff’s decision and deny the application.” The Albuquerque City Council will consider the hearing officer’s recommendation during its April 3, 2023 meeting.

In December, six Albuquerque organizations filed their objections to the City of Albuquerque’s approval of the Dawn Legacy Pointe (DLP) Safe Outdoor Space permit to allow a homeless tent encampment at 1250 Menaul NE. The approval was granted by the Code Compliance Manager of the City of Albuquerque (City) Planning Department. The Six groups, filing separate appeals, include: Santa Barbara Martinez Town Neighborhood Association, Crowne Plaza Albuquerque, Sunset Memorial Park, Greater Albuquerque Hotel Lodgers Association, LifeROOTS and the Albuquerque Hotel Project (Ramada Plaza Hotel).

The appeal filed by the Rodey Law Firm, on behalf of the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque’s owner (property is located due east of the tent encampment) cited multiple flaws in the DLP application and City process. A copy of all of the appeals and information on the flaws in the Dawn Legacy Point application process are available on the website SOSABQ.com

Media Note: All of the speakers who supported the appeal during the February 27, 2023 hearing are available for individual comment.

About SOSABQ
About SOSABQ is an informational outreach supported by residents of the Santa Barbara Martinez Town residents and small business owners who are in favor of finding solutions for Albuquerque’s unhoused residents. The citizens would like to see the city finish what it started with the Gateway Center approach and provide solutions for the unhoused in areas where there are centralized services. More information can be found on SOSABQ.com

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