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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Ortiz y Pino
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/06/06
HB
SHORT TITLE
ALBUQUERQUE COMMUNITY-BASED
PLANNING
SB 643
ANALYST Hadwiger
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$100.0 Non-Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Duplicates,Relates to,Conflicts with, Companion to
Duplicates Appropriation in the General Appropriation Act
Relates to Appropriation in the General Appropriation Act
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Finance and Administration (DFA)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 643 appropriates $100 thousand from the general fund to the Local Government Di-
vision (LGD) of the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) in FY07 to support com-
munity-based planning initiatives in Albuquerque's north valley and downtown neighborhoods
for the study and design of traffic calming and neighborhood improvement projects, to be organ-
ized and conducted by the Design and Planning Assistance Center at the University of New
Mexico.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $100 thousand contained in this bill is a non-recurring expense to the gen-
eral fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY07 would revert
to the general fund.
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SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
DFA noted that traffic calming and other physical designs that are out of the ordinary often raise
fears among residents that they are inappropriate or out of scale for their neighborhoods. At the
same time, conventional street and intersection improvements often make even the mundane act
of crossing the street too dangerous for pedestrians, when traffic levels are too high and street
widths too wide. New types of traffic calming and other neighborhood improvement projects,
such as roundabouts, chicanes and bulbouts, would be better supported if citizens had a mean-
ingful opportunity to be involved in the planning process, along with planners and designers
skilled at both listening to citizens and designing clear solutions. The bill calls for the study and
design of traffic calming and neighborhood improvement projects. Funding would be transferred
to UNM's Design and Planning Assistance Center to do the work. The Center would be expected
to conduct planning workshops in Albuquerque's north valley and downtown neighborhoods to
achieve consensus on the types of traffic calming and other physical designs.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
DFA indicated funds would be transferred through a joint powers agreement from DFA to UNM.
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