ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It is a plan that has drawn a lot of opposition: Mayor Richard J. Berry's Rio Grande Vision. Now a city councilor is expressing concerns, too.
From biking to walking or just enjoying nature, Albuquerque's Rio Grande bosque is a popular place.
"There are a great number of people in our community that are extremely concerned about disturbing the bosque," Councilor Ken Sanchez said.
Ruffling their feathers is the Rio Grande Vision, part of Berry's ABQ The Plan.
The concept includes things like boat launches, wildlife observation decks and even a restaurant in the bosque.
"Once the plans are out, and if he's trying to make changes that would include a restaurant along the bosque, that would have to go through the process," said Sanchez.
The city council vice president has introduced legislation to ensure the administration follows that process.
"We are not trying to prohibit him from moving forward with his Rio Grande Vision Plan, but he needs to follow a process, and if it's in violation of what's in place then it needs to be stopped," Sanchez said.
The councilor told KRQE News 13 right now there are restrictions that would prohibit structures such as a restaurant from being built in the bosque.
Those restrictions were put in place to preserve the habitat.
"We need to be extremely careful how we work through this process," said Sanchez.
There are also ways to get around those restrictions by proposing an amendment.
Barbara Baca, director of the City's Parks and Recreation Department, said they have not yet finished analyzing Sanchez's legislation, but that any and all proposals to make any changes in or along the bosque are thoroughly vetted and must follow the rules.
"I feel like we have very good checks and balances in place," Baca said. "We want to make sure that council is comfortable with those as well, and so we're very happy to work with them to make sure they do."
Sanchez plans to bring the bill up at the Nov. 18 meeting.
It is important to mention what's being discussed right now under the"'Rio Grande Valley State Park Improvements" does not include buildings. Instead those improvements focus on trails and access.
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