Cleanup: "Earthday" is each
Saturday in April 2010 (posted Jan 2010)
clean-up of the Open Space area in the Foothills of our neighborhood
area will occur on each Saturday in April from 9 am to 1 pm - choose a
date when you can help!
Call 452-5200 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information. The time is 9 am - 1 pm.
- April 3rd: Copper
Trailhead (east end of Copper)
- April 10th: Embudo Canyon
(east end of Indian School)
- April 17th: Menaul Picnic
- April 24th: Piedra Lisa
Open Space (south of the end of Candelaria)
the million dollar re-hab (posted
13 Dec 2009)
Pedestrian-Bicycle Trail from Montgomery to Encantado (about 4
miles) is substandard by current AASHTO
the trail is too narrow and is dangerous when pedestrians and
bicyclists are sharing the trail. NM DOT received $1 million
dollars in Federal funding [as one of 14
projects funded in New Mexico under the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act] to re-hab as much of the trail as possible.
This work was discussed at a public meeting in August 2009 (flyer here) and must be completed by the middle of
Summer 2010. There will not be enough money to widen
the bridges, but the trail will be resurfaced, drop-offs at certain
places will be improved by putting in crushed rock (called base
course), vehicle barriers will be removed at intersections, and the
wire fence from Lomas to Encantado will be removed. That latter
area will be cleared and "grubbed" (i.e., chopped with an adze or grub
hoe) and then a new fence will be erected. New benches along the
trail will be installed.
Unfortunately, the area along the trail by the old Lovelace facility
near Encantado will continue to encroach on the trail because there
isn't enough time for DOT to go through negotiations to re-claim land
that doesn't belong to the medical facility.
Representatives from each neighborhood association along the Tramway
Trail have been meeting and providing recommendations to NM DOT. John Thomas, an avid bicyclist has
been the catalyst for each neighborhood and deserves much credit for
making sure everyone is represented. NM state legislator
Rep. Jimmie Hall from the Glenwood
Hills region (District 28) has been actively
Supper Rock Neighborhood
the proposed development south of Wells
are notes pertaining to meetings with the developers for the South
Pointe development. This same area had a Site Plan back in 1998
for a development that was listed as "Berry Town." The original
changes to that site plan referenced the area as Wells Sandia Manor
Plat. The current (July 2005 and later) reference for this small
proposed subdivision is South Pointe.
14 June 2005:
3rd/"Final" meeting on Wells
Sandia Manor Proposed Plat Development
A Supper Rock Neighborhood Association Meeting
was held Tuesday, 14 June 2005
at 7 pm at the Providence Presbyterian church at 13801 Encantado.
President Jack Harris chaired
the meeting and
introduced Jude Baca, a subdivision developer. The following
provides an unofficial summary of this meeting.
understood Jude Baca to say RayLee homes wanted
to do smaller, townhouse type homes,
and Jude did not, so Jude is now partnered
with Mike Williams.
Jude will be the
buyer and developer, and Mike Williams will now be the builder for
proposal. Mike spoke about the target buyers for these homes
nesters" and folks who no longer want big yards, grass to mow, and
the big house
any more, but want the low yard maintenance, nice new kitchens,
utilities of a
new house. For those reasons, Mike says he fully expects to sell
three to five of
these units to neighbors already living in SRNA area. Mike
says it may take
him two years to build all the units, at least 18 months, as he
would be fully
loaded to have 10 houses under construction at any one time.
Target is still
27 units total for this development.
brought a copy of Wells Sandia Manor covenants, and
this copy was
presented to Jim of Consensus Planning.
Here is an image of that document: (large 4 MB PDF
file). It was noted
covenants were originally developed in the 1950s when Route 66 was the
there was no Interstate. Also, John Raess pointed out that the
about huge lots, 2200 sq ft minimum houses, etc. Jude wants
have an 1800 min
sq ft house in his area, with some going up to 2400-2800 sq ft.
Price range for
final product is expected in the $250K range.
One semi-controversial item was brought up at the beginning of
he and Mike wanted to do "zero lot line" spacing for the houses -
so rather than
have (the minimum) 5 feet to property line on each side of house,
the lots would
have 10 feet on one side, and zero feet on the other. As Mike
pointed out, in
today's world, everyone enters their house through the garage,
not through the
front door, and this spacing would provide owners with a more
usable side yard
of 10 feet - at least on one side of the house. This was hotly
Jude's drawing appeared to show two houses 'back-to-back' with
between them (like townhouses), but that is not the actuality.
lots will still
have single family dwellings with 10 feet between structures.
At this 14 June
meeting, we had another group of "new" attendees
who had not
attended either of the first two meetings. This resulted in a few
up concerns that we had already hashed through at the first
Some rather emotional comments along the lines of "you're trying to
quality of our
neighborhood!" did not reflect the opinions of the majority of the
Eventually cooler heads
prevailed and Jack Harris conducted a straw vote
again at the end
of the meeting. Results: the majority voted to support the
with the 12 conditions as addressed by Jude in his 13 June 2005 e-mail.
With this vote of support, Jude can get the seller to extend his
the property from a July 15th "buy or release" date to a Sept 15th or
Oct 15th 2005
date, which will give him time to work up the details, spend about $40K
engineering of the proposal, and prepare for a DRB meeting expected to
be scheduled in that time frame.
Mutual trust is required and expected. Jude and Consensus
Planning have promised to keep SRNA informed. In turn, the Board is going to appoint a small
work with Jude and Mike Williams, and will need residents with some
expertise. SRNA expects to keep up with
whatever Jack and SRNA Board receives by postings on this SRNA web site.
Sandia Manor: Proposed Plat Development
A Supper Rock Neighborhood Association Meeting
was held Tuesday, 10 May 2005
at 7 pm at the Providence Presbyterian church at 13801 Encantado.
President Jack Harris chaired
the meeting and
introduced our District 9 Councilor, Tina Cummins,
who answered specific concerns that had been captured by Board
Schindler-Wright at the 11 January 2005 meeting. Tina
indicated she would take care of all the items on the list pertaining
to Supper Rock Park, which included removal of grafitti from Supper
Rock and the gazebo; and send someone to get the bullet-ridden sign
held by a neighbor. Tina understood that residents did not want
the Park Lighting or any Dogs Off Leash modifications ("no dog park in
Supper Rock as long as I breathe!") to Supper Rock
Park. Tina can look into obtaining new playground equipment for
Supper Rock Park. Also, can request putting a fence around Supper
studying need for speed bumps on Encantado if this is what most
residents want (there did
not seem to be much enthusiasm for these ideas). Meanwhile, we
can get more frequent police patrols, and Tina reminded residents that
they can call the Area Command Chief themselves. Tina will also look
into exercise stations for Skyline Park and
"classy" Supper Rock Park trash cans as proposed by Kathleen. The
City cannot contract for private security patrols, and it is the State,
not the city, that installs the Noise Walls along I-40.
announced that starting July 1st, Albuquerque residents would still
call 911 for emergencies, but would call 311 for everything else
(non-emergency COPS, grafitti hot-line, etc. - a high-tech switchboard
will direct from this single 311 call.) Tina was
also asked about the proposed development for south of Arcadia, and
responded that she must not get into the discussion on that proposal
else she may have to recuse herself from City Council discussions
regarding the proposal when it came up on the Council's agenda.
(Tina also requests that you add at the bottom of e-mail to her, "I
want a reply" if your message is other than just informing her
situation. Tina can be reached at the city's web site (linked
from our Gov. Links at left also) - if you click on her picture with
the red hair, it will go directly to her e-mail address, or do it
At 8 pm, Jude Baca and the Consensus
Planning team presented information and answered questions
regarding a proposed 4.96 acre plat development south of Arcadia, north
Interstate-40, and roughly between Trimble and Camino de la
Sierra. The original proposal was for 32 lots, single-family,
detached homes. Jude is now considering lowering that density
more, to 28 lots, or perhaps
as few as 26 to 24. Jude will be
these options with the proposed builder, RayLee Custom Homes.
Arcadia Rd residents, including
Soderstrom (14214 Arcadia), and Ron
Bratton (14206, next door to Don), made strong
statements of concern, primarily on the grounds of visions of either
unsold or construction abandoned homes due to the amount of noise
in the area (much of it reflecting off the current Noise Walls erected
by the state along Interstate-40). They felt any
realtors would ethically have to disclose such a serious detriment to
selling high-priced homes in the area south of Arcadia Road.
of sewage and trash disposal were raised and answered in a manner
approved by the city: each home will have a pump-grinder, which
will force the liquid waste into waste pipes that will eventually dump
into the city's sewage system at Trimble and Arcadia. The streets
are designed for regular city trash pick-up, unlike the Berry Town
proposal of past.
After the Consensus Planning Team has met with
the Supper Rock Neighborhood
residents to discuss the proposal, as well as with the proposed
builder, the general process for approval would be as follows:
The Team will not need to appear before the EPC (Environmental Planning
Commission) because of the existence of an approved site development
plan. The Team will instead seek an amendment to the existing
site development plan, which will be accomplished
administratively. With this approval, they will proceed to the DRB (Development Review Board) for
final sign-off of the (amended) site development plan and
platting. All of this is planned to occur over a matter of
months. Once all approvals are obtained, Jude Baca has estimated
that if RayLee Homes is the builder, the construction and
development would be accomplished within a year's time.
Sandia Manor Subdivision site has some relevant history with
residents. In 1996, other developers proposed a site plan for 42 lots
in the same area, for attached, multi-family condos, under the name
"Berry Town." The
Albuquerque City Council approved the
request to subsequently annex and amend the zone map. After the
appeal period expired, the city's zone map for this property was
changed in 1998 to
read: SITE PLAN
for PLANNED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
and it reads that way today. Documentation on this history includes the
1996 EPC Notice of Decision and the City Council
Notice of Decision. The EPC notification does address approved
zoning and density under Finding
#2. This Finding states that the existing zoning is SU-1 PRD with a
10 du/acre limit. This would indicate that the approved zoning
allow up to 49 units on the
4.95 acre site. Copies of the historical documentation are linked as follows:
Viewing PDF files requires Adobe
Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded to your computer for free from www.adobe.com.
1996 Berry Town Site Plan (PDF file, 290kb).
Notice (April 26) to approve the site plan for Berry Town (page
(PDF file, 184kb).
Notice to approve site plan for Berry Town (page
2) (PDF file, 226kb).
1996 City Council notice of decision (Sept
18) to deny Don Soderstrom's
appeal of EPC's approval on Berry Town Site Plan (PDF file, 202kb).
- The 1996
District Court Case to reverse the approval of the site plan (Plaintiff:
Soderstrom, D. et al) was filed Sept 26 and dismissed as of Dec
20, 1996. May be viewed on-line
- or as printout. (PDF file, 1100kb)
- The 1998 Certificate
of Zoning Letter (PDF file, 180kb).
SRNA meeting will be held on Wednesday, 25 May 2005 at 7 pm, at the
Providence Presbyterian church.
Rock Park: Security
Supper Rock Neighborhood Association Meeting was held Tuesday, 11
at 7 pm, at the Providence Presbyterian church on Encantado. Board VP Carol Lee
O'Keefe chaired the meeting, and thanked David Smith (assistant to the
Pastor) and the Church for providing the meeting location, and Seth Heath for sending
out the postcards announcing the meeting. Carol requested input from the thirty or so SRNA
individuals in attendance, most of whom live adjacent to Supper Rock
Park. The group expressed their feelings on proposed "security"
lighting at Supper
Rock Park and an enclosed off-leash dog-walking park.
The vision for an enclosed off-leash dog-walking park would be within
an existing park such as Supper Rock Park. A chainlink fence
would enclose an area for dog owners to exercise their dogs. The
dogs would enter and leave the enclosed area on leashes, but could run
free within the area. The owners would be responsible for
cleaning up any mess created by their pet. The city planners
suggested that such an enclosed area
should include the gazebo in Supper Rock Park, to provide the dogs with
some shade. Those in attendance, especially those residents around the
voted strongly against such a concept.
The security lighting could be low to the ground, tamper-resistant
lighting, as proposed by the city under funds obtained by Councilwoman
Tina Cummins for her district. Those in attendance voted against
security lighting for the park.
No one is permitted into any city park after 10 pm, and the APD Officer
present at the meeting spoke of citing individuals who violate that
whether they be there to walk their dogs, enjoy the night air, or use
substances. The officer strongly suggested that whenever violations of
10 pm limit are observed, or other concerns such as teens drinking in
park, to please call 242-COPS and
the incident. It is important that residents continue to call
time such an incident is observed, in order to alert the police that
are needed in the area.
Jonathan Maple, an SRNA resident, suggested that inanimate
objects, such as signs, fences, and even security lighting, do little
the scofflaws who seek out the park after hours for their own purposes.
suggested that the immediate residents around the park should be
by those residents farther out from the park to create a presence to
kids from entering the park. One suggestion Jonathan proposed was
choose one of the most violated nights, such as a Saturday or Friday
and have all nearby residents park their cars around the park, to
a physical presence and a show of neighborhood unity. If you
like to learn more about this scheme, or have other suggestions, please
Jonathan at 710-7337, or by
SRNA Board Secretary Kathleen
Schindler-Wright recorded the concerns expressed at the meeting.
The next step will be for the Board to discuss these concerns,
and then to meet with Tina Cummins and discuss those issues and the
most effective way to get
action. Your neighborhood
association needs for you to be involved in these decisions affecting
the Supper Rock Area. (See the
City's involvement in these two questions outlined in the next article.)
Dogs Off-Leash in
Rock Park ?
2 Dec 2004>
There is an off-leash dog exercise committee that would like to meet
with Supper Rock Neighborhood Association or representative to discuss
an off-leash dog exercise area in Supper Rock Park, located at 600
Monte Alto Pl., NE (Monte Alto Pl.,/Turner Dr.) Additionally, we
are requesting that you contact a resident directly adjacent to, or
across the street from the off-leash dog exercise area.
Please let me know when all of you are available so that our committee
can schedule a daytime, evening or Saturday to meet with you in the
The Department of Municipal Development,
Park Design and Construction staff will also be contacting you about
security lighting. This effort is being funded from the 2003 GO
Bond Council Set-Aside. If it is determined an off-leash dog area
is desirable and feasible at Supper Rock Park, remaining council
set-aside funds (if there are any) could be requested for fencing,
Colleen K. Frenz, R.L.A
Park Design and Construction Division
Department of Municipal Development
cell phone: 238-5013
9 Coalition Meeting, May 2000
(The following notes were provided by SRNA Secretary Dan Mulder
for the May 2000 District 9 Coalition Meeting.)
The meeting was hosted by City Council President, Michael
Brasher. State Representative Ted Hobbs and Capt Craig Loy from
the Foothills Area Command were also in attendance.
Lou Columbo from the City Council Staff presented an overview of the
FY01 budget. Goals have been developed for each of the major
budget areas such as Public Service
and Human & Family Development. For Public Safety the goals
1) Residents are safe;
2) Residents feel safe;
3) Safe travel on city
4) Residents and public safety agencies working
a safe community.
The budget is then broken down in program strategies to meet the goals.
Michael Brasher discussed franchise fees for cable TV which are up for
renewal. Originally, the fees were for use of city right-of-way
and regulation, but now include the public access channels. There
is some attempt to charge cable TV subscribers additional costs to pay
public access channels.
Construction on the Manzano Mesa Senior Center is scheduled to start in
September 2000 and be complete in January 2001.
There is a new Detox Center that will be located on General
Stillwell. Patients will be transported both to and from the
center. No one
will be released in the immediate location of the center.
Capt Loy reported the following:
Crime statistics decreased in April after the big increase in
March. He attributes the increase in March to all the grand jury
that were thrown out by the NM Supreme Court decision.
many of those released are back behind bars. He gave the example
of an auto thief who was stealing 2 cars per day, but is now behind
Police are cracking down on cruisers on Montgomery.
Police are citing a record number of teens and their parents for under
age drinking. If you observe teens drinking please call 242-COPS.
Plastic garbage cans are being burned by teenagers at about 3 AM.
Capt Loy suggests you put your can on the street in the morning, if
Police have been conducting raids at the Cadillac Ranch at Eubank and
Montgomery. 50 citations were issued to teens for false
IDs. Also, the Cadillac Ranch has
received 7 citations @ $1,000 each for knowingly admitting underage
The next Police Advisory Team Meeting is at 6 PM on June 6 at the
Foothills Area Command.
Dan Mulder, Secretary
Supper Rock NA
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