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Consensus Planning, Inc.
Albuquerque, N.M.



Consensus Planning, New Mexico's leading landscape architecture and planning firm, is celebrating 21 years of providing excellent design services to over 700 clients in the public and private sectors. The firm is managed by Principals Chris Green, PLA, ASLA, Karen Marcotte, AICP, and Jim Strozier, AICP. The staff of Consensus Planning includes certified planners, landscape designers and support staff. Consensus Planning has successfully completed landscape architectural and planning projects including streetscapes, trails, gateways, recreation areas, and parks of all sizes and types, comprehensive plans, strategic plans for issue specific community planning elements, Main Street master plans, codes and ordinances, and zoning. The firm has experience with projects throughout the Southwest, including management of large projects involving coordination with numerous agencies, user groups, and other design consultants. Consensus Planning has strong consensus building skills, evidenced by a consistent track record of obtaining approvals on publicly heard plans.

Our innovative landscape designs create sustainable environments that are regionally appropriate and are intended to integrate with the existing character to maintain a sense of place, utilize sustainable materials, include native and naturalized plant palettes, conserve water resources, minimize waste and power usage, and follow best construction practices. Our talented landscape design staff produces compelling designs for the most difficult sites, such as those with intense topography, negative social pressures, or challenging programmatic requirements.

Heske Garden, Las Cruces, N.M.



The Garden is a unique public/private venture in that private trust funds were donated (by Ms. Emma B. Heske) to a civic entity to design and build a public space. A garden, within the existing Valley View Park, was designed in Ms. Heske's memory to follow her intention to "build a park where people can go sit and meet other people and talk and enjoy trees, flowers, and grass." The design and plantings, a locally successful native and naturalized palette for less maintenance, will inform sustainable design practices for future landscape renovations nearby. A large area of turfgrass was removed and replaced with plantings more appropriate to their location and for their encouragement of wildlife habitat. There are numerous opportunities for gathering, respite from the sun, and even a game table. Paths were strategically located to minimize impact on the existing tree canopy which was critical for shade without expending project dollars (budget: $295,000); so extensive tree protection guidelines were followed during construction. The Landscape Architect specified locally quarried rock for extensive rock retaining walls, seating, and defined spaces. A typical visit to the Garden will find senior citizens teaching chess to youths who reside nearby. This is a testament to how Ms. Heske's vision and generosity help to bridge the generation gap by sharing interests. Emma B. Heske truly left a legacy to her community to enjoy for generations.

North Domingo Baca Park, Albuquerque, N.M.



Consensus Planning prepared a Master Development Plan for this 60-acre park site in North Albuquerque Acres. The property is owned by the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo and Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) and the City of Albuquerque, and contains a flood control dam. The Master Development Plan balances significant drainage considerations, recreational opportunities, community facilities, and desires of the neighborhoods. A Public Advisory Committee was formed to transmit the concerns of the community into the planning process, which was critical in developing a facility program that responded to City and community desires. A City police/fire substation, off-leash dog park, lighted hybrid skate park, children's play area, picnic facilities, and the first phase of a City multi-generational center have been completed to date. Additional parking, three multi-purpose recreation fields, and the second phase of the multi-generational center are currently under construction. Future improvements will include tennis courts, an indoor/outdoor aquatic facility and a branch library.

Cabezon Communities, Rio Rancho, NM

Cabezon is the largest metropolitan redevelopment project in the State of New Mexico. Consensus Planning prepared a Master Plan for the 900 acres designated as the Unit 16 Redevelopment Area by the City of Rio Rancho. Consensus Planning assisted the master developer, CURB, Inc., in all aspects of this redevelopment project, including: preparing the original concept plan for the site, amending the redevelopment plan, preparing bulk land parcel maps, creating the overall Master Plan for Cabezon, coordinating logo and theming development, creating design concepts for large City parks and smaller neighborhood parks, design of entries and streetscapes, completion of zoning and preparation of design standards, preparation of subdivision standards information for homebuilders, assistance on PID and development agreements, and obtaining multiple approvals from City entities at various stages of the project. The irrigation system designed for Cabezon utilizes effluent water from an on-site treatment facility, which required selection of a plant palette that included species with high salt tolerances. Cabezon received an Award of Merit for Best Planned Community project from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties in 2005 and an Award of Excellence for the Best Master Planned Community in 2009.

Tucumcari Main Street Master Plan, Tucumcari, N.M.



Consensus Planning completed the Tucumcari Main Street Master Plan in April, 2010. The Master Plan involved working with a dynamic steering committee comprised of representatives from the City of Tucumcari, Tucumcari Main Street, Greater Tucumcari Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce, etc. The Master Plan identified catalytic projects, including the redevelopment of the Depot District, based upon the results of a two-day planning charrette. The Depot District concept included redeveloping the depot building into a rail and transportation museum, restaurants and small retail uses within a community-oriented plaza setting, a new City/County building with associated parking, landscape and streetscape improvements, farmers' market area, rail car/motor court motel, and infrastructure to support redevelopment. Physical, institutional, and regulatory actions designed to spur redevelopment and reinvestment into Downtown were identified in the Master Plan, which was enthusiastically and unanimously adopted by the City Commission on April 8, 2010. The Master Plan won a first place award for Innovation in Planning for Economic Development from the New Mexico Chapter of the American Planning Association. As a follow up to the Master Plan, Consensus Planning provided planning and design services to the City of Tucumcari and Tucumcari Main Street on the primary catalytic project (design and construction of the Rail Depot and Depot Plaza) identified in the Master Plan. This project won an Architectural Heritage Award from the New Mexico Historic Preservation Department.

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