Walk Audit Update – Deadline Now Sunday, April 18th

The Walk Audit Activity on Saturday, March 28th went great. I want to thank the neighbors who participated: Dorothy Kerwin, Paul Sanchez, Rich Wood, Tom Turner, Joe Turner, and Alison Turner. I would also like to thank Terra Reed: CABQ Vision Zero/Safe Street Coordinator, Rebecca Bolen: Planner CABQ Planning Department, and Sarah Ijadi: Transportation Planner with the Mid-Region Council of Government for helping to organize this event and leading the walks.

If you are interested in a Self-Directed Walking Audit – Here is how:

1 Get A Walk Audit Activity Packet

  • There are paper audits to fill out in the park. On the Information Board Kiosk and in the Information Box attached to the FWNA sign
  • Download and print the PDF or there is also an online version of the self-directed walk audit at https://arcg.is/1jXKW00. You can move the map or describe your route in the comments. If you use the route we used, just put Fair West Route.

2 Hand your completed audit in by midnight, Sunday, April 18th

Thank you for being an active part of making our neighborhood great.

Join Us to Assess Our Neighborhood with City Planners

Fair West Neighbors:

Make sure your voice is heard about the livability of Fair West, the Near Heights, and ABQ. Please join us in assessing our neighborhood with City planners as part of the Community Planning Area (CPA) assessment going on now for our area, defined as Near Heights.

Two ways to participate

  1. In-person Walking Audit. Saturday, March 27th from 9:45 am to 11:30 am
  • Take part in one of two 8 person groups
  • We will gather at 9:45 am at Marion L. Fox Memorial Park. Groups will leave the park no later than 10:10 am and will conclude at the park at 11:30 am
  • The walking audit is one mile long and will take an hour to an hour and a half to complete, depending on pace and time needed for discussion. Preview the route here.
  • We will need one person to document each of the two audits with a video camera. Please indicate if you would like this position and can bring a camera with enough space and battery life to record for the whole audit when you send your email to register.
  • Please bring water, a pen or pencil, and a clipboard (if you have one.) Some clipboards will be available to borrow.
  • The walking audit will follow state COVID-19 guidelines. All participants will be expected to wear masks at all times and observe social distancing.

To register send an email with your name and contact information to abqfairwestpresident@gmail.com. Participation will be first come first serve. If you sign up and find you cannot attend, please send an email so someone else can have your spot.

  1. Self-directed Walking Audit
  • After the in-person Walking Audit you will be able to conduct your own audit.
  • We will post instructions and video of the in-person audit on our Facebook page with a link to submit your findings to City staff.
  • You will have a week to complete and return your self-directed Walking Audit. The deadline for submission will be Midnight on Sunday, April 4, 2021


Thank you,
Fair West Neighborhood Association

Fair West Neighbors, We Need Your Help

To prepare for the Community Planning Area (CPA) Assessment, we are asking Fair West Neighbors to please get together and out into the neighborhood to do an assessment. For information on the CPA Assessment visit:

  1. You can do a walkability assessment:
    Here are some resources:

    https://createthegood.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/ctg/pdf/2019/sidewalks-streets.pdf [PDF}
  2. You can do a Pedestrian and Bicycle assessment:
    https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/…/tool…/docs/fhwasa20042.pdf [PDF]

    If you have questions, send them to abqfairwestpresident@gmail.com
    The Fair West Neighborhood president has a dropbox on her porch if you would like to drop off physical reports and there is another in the park.

Send your results to abqfairwest@gmail.com

Thank you,
Fair West Neighborhood Association

What Do You Want to See More of in Our Community?

Dear FWNA community,

The Near Heights Community Planning Area (CPA) assessment has begun. If we want to have our voices heard and improve our area, then we must speak up.

Go to https://cpa.abc-zone.com/going-engagement. Do the Pre-Assessment Survey, and the Interactive map then get a group of 2-3 together and do the Group Activities.

Then you will be ready to share your ideas with the CPA team in March when we have a neighborhood walkthrough with the CPA team. Please contact Katherine Turner abqfairwestpresident@gmail.com if you would like information on this event.

What is a Community Planning Area (CPA)?

The City of Albuquerque Planning Department works with communities in each of 12 areas to plan for the future. Our area, Near Heights, planning has started and runs from Feb to May 2021

What is a CPA Assessment?

Each community should include places where people can work, play, learn, shop, and do all the other meaningful activities that contribute to a high-quality life. Over the next 4 years, City staff¬ is seeking the support and expertise of local communities to help identify what’s working well and what might be needed in each CPA. An assessment sets out community priorities and recommends actions for the City or for organizations in the community to take.

Why should you engage in this planning process?

Help identify what you want to see more of in your community. Share your concerns about housing, transportation, parks/open space, and other priorities. Grow your community’s capacity to build on existing strengths and address issues. Identify resources, projects, and partnerships that can help your community move toward a shared vision.

Your Community. Your Voice. Get Involved! https://www.cabq.gov/cpa

The Fair West Neighborhood Association (FWNA) enables residents and businesses to exchange ideas, develop a unified voice, and address community concerns. The Board uses this unified voice to work with our neighbors and city officials to promote the well-being and safety of the people who live, work, and play here.

Please, visit our website at www.abqfairwest.org, join our mailing list at abqfairwest.org/newsletters, follow our BLOG to stay informed, and connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/FairWestNeighborhood. Your financial support is always helpful and appreciated.

2020 Fox Park Christmas Luminarias

Fair West Neighbors, please help these candles realize the dream denied to them last year. The dream to be Fox Park Christmas Luminarias. These 147 candles were nestled their sandy beds, snug in their paper bag home ready to be set to be set ablaze to help Fair West Neighbors bring in Christmas last year, but nature damped their dreams. The rains destroyed the bags, but we saved these candles from destruction. We are asking for your help to keep the luminarias in the park tradition alive this year.Make as many luminarias as your family would like. Come to 616 Valencia Drive NE and rescue candles from the plastic delivery box on the south end of the porch. Put your luminarias up around Fox Memorial Park Christmas Eve. We will have a crew ready to light them at night fall.

If you would like to be part of the lighting crew, send an email, Katherine Turner, FWNA President at ABQFairWestPresident@gmail.com.

When you pick up your candles be sure to also get the 2021 Headwaters Calendar, Celebrating the San Juan-Chama Project. These beautiful calendars are provided by the Water Authority to neighborhood associations every year to give out as a gift to the community.

Public Notice of Proposed Project | City of ABQ

Neighborhood Association Public Meeting Notice
EPC Public Meeting
2021 General Obligation Bond Program

September 23, 2020

Dear City Neighborhood Associations;

In accordance with the procedures of the City of Albuquerque’s Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO) Subsection 14-16-6-4(K)(2) Mailed Public Notice, we are notifying you as a Neighborhood Association Representative that the City of Albuquerque will be submitting a Master Development Plan to be reviewed by the Environmental Planning Commission.

The application is for review and comment on the 2021 General Obligation Bond Program/2021-2030 Decade Plan for city-wide capital improvements.

The anticipated public meeting for this request will be on Thursday November 12th, 2020 beginning at 8:30 am via Zoom.


Meeting ID: 953 0843 7605
Passcode: 107477

Dial by your location
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

You can check the agenda for the relevant decision-making body online here: https://www.cabq.gov/planning/boards-commissions or call the Planning Department at 505-924-3860.

NOTE: Anyone may request and the City may require an applicant to attend a City-sponsored facilitated meeting with Neighborhood Associations, based on the complexity and potential impacts of a proposed project [IDO Section 14-16-6-4(D)]. To request a Facilitated Meeting regarding this project, contact the Planning Department at devhelp@cabq.gov or 505-924-3955. To view and download the Facilitated Meetings Criteria, visit http://www.cabq.gov/planning/urban-design-development/facilitated-meetings-for-proposed-development.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at 768-3616 or via smaden@cabq.gov

Useful Links

Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO):

IDO Interactive Map

cip strategic program manager

Join Us for the Neighborhood Fall Cleanup

We invite you and your family to join us for the 2020 Fall Cleanup event in Fair West. This annual event provides opportunity to build some community pride and stewardship in our neighborhood.

The Fall Neighborhood Cleanup is Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Bags & Gloves will be available for distribution at Fox Park.

If you would like to participate, call Sharon Lawson at 505-244-3537 or email Artisticmediacoop@gmail.com by Thursday, September 17th  2 p.m. Please leave a message stating your name and phone number.