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Albuquerque Progress Report
Sustainable Community Development

Communities throughout Albuquerque are livable, sustainable and vital.

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Why is this goal important?

Citizens expect our environments�where we work, where we live, where we play�to be protected against adverse changes. In the past, communities were planned with the assumption of limitless energy and resources. Yet now we realize the limitations we face. Therefore, as our communities continue to evolve and expand our development plans must ensure that our quality of life can continue. This goal emphasizes how easily citizens can access jobs, good housing, and recreational areas, in order to support the health and wellbeing of current and future generations.

What are desired community conditions?

By design, the goal areas are broad, so we've further clarified them with positively worded statements called "desired community conditions." These are statements that describe specifically what conditions would exist if the respective goal is achieved. For example, under the goal area called "Human and Family Development," a desired community condition is for Albuquerque to have "Educated, Literate, and Skilled Residents". Below are a list of indicators to measure progress on these desired community conditions.

What can we tell from the data?

  • The City and County are currently updating the Comprehensive Plan, the Master Plan for land use, transportation, and the provision of services. This update is informed by six new Guiding Principles: Strong Neighborhoods, Mobility, Economic Vitality, Equity, Sustainability, and Community Health. The update seeks to incentivize infill and redevelopment within the City, especially in designated activity centers and along transit corridors.
  • Among the peer communities, Albuquerque has the most housing units per square mile, while still having a wide array of densities and lifestyle choices. Generally, a higher housing unit per square mile means less gallons of fuel used by consumers each year.
  • Albuquerque is one of the leading cities nationally in both accessibility and quality of parks as evidenced by the Trust of Public Lands City ParkScore Rating and park land as percent of city area, where the City ranks #1 among its peers. The Trust of Public ands ParkScore is a rating system used to measure how well cities are meeting the need for parks on a scale of 100.
  • In recent years, downtown office vacancy rates have deteriorated reaching 35 percent in 2016. However, some positive changes were expected to occur in late 2016. ABQ Health Partners relocated its headquarters to a downtown office space exceeding 63,000 sq. ft. and Molina was expanding its office space by 22,576 sq. ft.
  • In an effort to reinvigorate Albuquerque's downtown, there has been a renewed focus and significant long-term investments in recent years. Major activities include the renovation of the City's Convention Center, a new grocery store, and various activities associated with the City's collaborative Innovation Central project, an initiative aimed at accelerating job creation and economic mobility. This activity includes UNM's Rainforest building housing 320 students, CNM's downtown STEMULUS center, and the One Central entertainment hub to be completed in late 2017.

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