ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A new federal study will look at how to best plan for Albuquerque's urban sprawl while facing the challenges of a changing environment.
It's a pilot program for a new type of urban planning where climate change is front and center.
Federal agencies are teaming up with the Mid Region Council of Governments to look at ideas for developing the metro area in a way that will cut down on things like water use and traffic congestion.
The feds hope to take the lessons learned from this study and apply it to metro areas across the country.
"The impacts of climate change and the type of growth that occurs in a region like this can have really serious impacts on things like air quality and water availability," said Aaron Sussman, project manager and transportation planner at MRCOG.
The results will be integrated into the metro area's official long term plan for growth.
The $500,000 study is all federally funded.
It should be completed in about 18 months.
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