RIO GRANDE BOULEVARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
The Purpose and Mission
The purpose of the Rio Grande Neighborhood Boulevard Association (RGBNA) is to preserve and protect the history, geography, and landscape of Rio Grande Boulevard in a manner consistent with the Rio Grande Boulevard Corridor Plan and to promote a better neighborhood and community through group action so that the quality of life in the area is in keeping with the social, environmental, cultural and historic needs and interests of the residents. To this end, the activities of RGBNA will include, but are not limited to: sponsoring cooperative planning, research, fundraising and public education programs as deemed necessary. RGBNA conducts twice yearly general membership meetings, which provide a forum to hear about the latest issues affecting the neighborhood, hear reports from elected officials, and voice questions, concerns and suggestions. Since 2009, the Rio Grande Boulevard Neighborhood Association has owned and operated a website www.riograndeblvd.org that reports on issues affecting our area as well as the actions of the RGBNA board. The website is kept updated and current and is an excellent resource to members.
For over twenty years a succession of boards and individual members have successfully preserved the semi-rural residential and commercial characteristics of Rio Grande Boulevard by the following activities:Planning – RGBNA began as the steward of the 1989 Rio Grande Boulevard Corridor Plan. RGBNA members have been actively involved with the current updating of the plan, and we publish relevant documents from this planning effort on our website.Zoning – Monitoring of all issues affecting the Association area. RGBNA representatives appear before the Environmental Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Examiner and Appeals Board to voice RGBNA opinions on zone and variance changes.Traffic -- Successfully opposing additional traffic signals, success in acquiring a reduced speed limit on Rio Grande Boulevard and success in acquiring the funding for intersection safety improvements.Enforcement - Influencing City of Albuquerque Police and enforcement authorities to enforce the Noise and Nuisance Abatement Ordinance and to address substandard housing, crime and other illegal activities. For more than twenty years, board and individual members of the Rio Grande Boulevard Neighborhood Association have worked, diligently and faithfully, to honor the trust placed in them to accomplish the purpose of the Association, and to serve the entire Rio Grande corridor. The result has been the preservation of the semi-rural, low density, residential character, which so many say that they value and appreciate about the corridor and surrounding area.
May 22, 1985 – North Valley residents, concerned about Rio Grande Boulevard losing its historic, residential and landscape characteristics, requested a planning study of the Corridor.
February 6, 1989 – After many meetings of citizens and staff, the Rio Grande Boulevard Corridor Plan was presented to the City Council. It was unanimously passed and adopted by the Council.
As the Corridor Plan was nearing completion, the Rio Grande Boulevard Neighborhood Association was formed, to complement and implement the Corridor Plan.