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Environmental Planning Commission

Learn more about the Environmental Planning Commission.


The EPC is an appointed, nine-member, volunteer citizen board. 

  • Karen Hudson, Chair, Council District 8
  • Derek Bohannan, Vice Chair, Council District 5
  • Dan Serrano, Council District 1
  • Moises Gonzalez, Council District 2
  • Vacant, Council District 3
  • Peter Nicholls, Council District 4
  • Maia Mullen, Council District 6
  • James Peck, Council District 7
  • Bill McCoy III, Council District 9


The Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) reviews and approves amendments to the City’s official Zoning Map in response to zone change requests. It also has the authority to decide on site development plan approval requests for SU-1 zoned and shopping center designated sites. The EPC, in its advisory role to the City Council, reviews and provides recommendations on annexation requests, certain zone change requests, proposed amendments to the Zoning Code and adoption of major amendments to Rank I, II and III Plans - including the Comprehensive Plan, area plans and sector plans.

General Meeting Information

The EPC conducts regularly scheduled hearings on the second Thursday of each month in the Plaza del Sol hearing room at 600 2nd Street NW in downtown Albuquerque. Hearings generally begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude when adjourned by the EPC Chair. The EPC periodically conducts special hearings on the first Thursday of the month, and occasionally schedules meetings at other times. All hearings and meetings are announced in the Albuquerque Journal

Free 2-hour parking for Plaza del Sol customers is available on the north side of the building at 600 Second NW. This parking lot is monitored by Parking Services - vehicles in the lot for more than 2 hours are subject to fines and or/towing.

Applicant Notices

  • Coming Soon: The Planning Department’s Online Services System is expanding! Soon, the Development Review Board, Environmental Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Examiner, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission will join other services currently available on the system. The new online system will allow you to fill out your application, submit required documents, track application progress and pay application fees from any computer or mobile device. Stay tuned for more details!
  • New Requirement: A new requirement has been added for EPC applicants updating the notification process for EPC. Section 14-16-4-1(C)(6)(b) of the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Code requires the “applicant to pay for the cost of certified mail notices” to the property owners within the area as well as within 100 feet of the area proposed to be changed (subject of the request).  In order to comply with this requirement the City is proposing that the applicant can either: (1) Have the City create the buffer map (100 feet from subject site) to determine the cost of the certified mail based on the number of property owners that require notification plus $1.00 per letter. This total amount will be charged at the time of submittal; or (2) The applicant can mail the certified letters prior to the submittal and submit the certified receipts with the EPC application package.  (note: for the June 29 EPC application deadline, the receipts can be submitted 20 days prior to the hearing of August 10th)

    A copy of the buffer map and list of property owners must be submitted with the applications no matter which method is selected.  If the applicant is requesting that the City prepare the buffer map and list of property owners, the request must be made at least one week prior to the EPC deadline date.

    Please email Geraldine Delgado at [email protected]  with your request for a buffer map and property owners. The email must include the address or legal description of the request and the request must be made at least one week prior to the EPC application deadline date. Please note, that If the EPC request is for more than a block, the applicant can chose whether to be charged a fee, which is the cost of first class mail plus $1.00 per letter, or can submit a sample copy of the letter and post office receipt. The City’s Comprehensive Zoning Code defines a “block” as “an area no larger than 10 acres which is bounded by but not crossed by public streets.”


Staff Contact

For questions or more information, contact the Current Planning Section Manager at (505) 924-3814.

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Planning Department

(505) 924-3860

Dial 311 (505-768-2000)