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Environmental Planning Commission

Learn more about the Environmental Planning Commission.


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

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


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 Environmental Planning Commission, 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 Environmental Planning Commission conducts regularly scheduled hearings on the second Thursday of each month in the Plaza del Sol hearing room at 600 2nd NW in Downtown Albuquerque. Hearings generally begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude when adjourned by the Environmental Planning Commission Chair. The Environmental Planning Commission 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

Updated Rules of Conduct

The Environmental Planning Commission will no longer hold regular study sessions (Case Distribution) one week prior to the public hearing. These meetings were originally scheduled at that time so the Environmental Planning Commission could pick up the staff reports and supplemental materials for the case, but since everything is provided to them electronically, it was decided that there is no reason for the Environmental Planning Commission or public to attend.

The Environmental Planning Commission receives their materials the Thursday before the scheduled hearing in electronic format. At the same time, the staff reports and supplemental materials are also posted on the website for the public.

Note that the rules still allow the Chair, in its discretion, to call a special study session.

The Environmental Planning Commission will only consider limited, clarifying written material, if it is submitted at least 48 hours prior to the hearing. This update is not a change, but rather a tightening up of the rule. They will not accept, nor will staff forward on to the Environmental Planning Commission, any material after that deadline. This does not preclude the public comment/presentations at the hearing.

Revised Requirement

The requirement recently added for Environmental Planning Commission applicants, updating the notification process, has been revised. 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 applicant must mail the certified letters prior to the submittal and submit the certified mail receipts with the Environmental Planning Commission application package. The City is no longer offering the option where the applicant would pay the City to handle the certified mailing. In addition, a copy of the buffer map and list of property owners must be submitted with the application.

Please note, that if the Environmental Planning Commission request is for more than a block, the applicant must submit a sample copy of the letter along with the list of the property owners who were notified by first class mail. 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."

Environmental Planning Commission Submission Change

Please note that the Environmental Planning Commission is now only requiring 15 copies when submitting Site Development Plans for Subdivision and/or Building Permit.

Learn more about the forms required for the Environmental Planning Commission.

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. Check back for more details.

Updated Plan

On March 20, 2017, the updated Comprehensive Plan (2017 Comp Plan) was enacted. This document must be used for all EPC submittals which include Zone Changes and site development plans.

Learn more about the 2017 Comp Plan


Staff Contact

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

Scheduled Meetings

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