Albuquerque’s Smart Growth Recap

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Last week's Smart Growth class was jam-packed with new development ideas – and a lot of attendees!

Over 160 attendees participated in our first "Smart Growth for the 21st Century" class at the GAAR REALTOR® Building. In addition training from expert planner, Janet Tharp, attendees from GAAR, CARNM, HBACNM and the City of Albuquerque were treated to a special Albuquerque Smart Growth presentation from Mayor Berry as he shared his vision for growth in Albuquerque.

During the RECPAC* sponsored class, participants learned Smart Growth basic principles, how they apply our community's ABC-Z Comprehensive Plan, and how REALTORS® can advocate Albuquerque's development plan on behalf of their clients.

The first step to this advocacy is to understand and learn how to apply the 10 Smart Growth Principals:

  • Mix land uses
  • Take advantage of compact building design
  • Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
  • Create walkable neighborhoods
  • Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
  • Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
  • Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities
  • Provide a variety of transportation choices
  • Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective
  • Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions

The next steps in GAAR and CARNM's Smart Growth initiative is to:

Stay tuned for more information on Smart Growth and the development of the ABC-Z Comprehensive Plan.

*The Real Estate Community PAC (RECPAC) is a coalition between GAAR and CARNM.