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The Plaza del Sol Building houses the City of Albuquerque Planning Department as well as several other City departments and divisions.

The City of Albuquerque Planning Department provides a full range of services from processing building permits to developing long range, regional plans and policies.  The department also houses several boards and commissions including, but not limited to, the Development Review Board, Environmental Planning Commission and the Zoning Hearing Examiner.

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Important Notices

  • EPC Submittals: On March 20, 2017, the updated Albuquerque/Bernalillo Comprehensive Plan (2017 Comp Plan) was enacted. This document must be used for all EPC submittals which include Zone Changes and site development plans. The 2017 Comp Plan can be found on the Planning Department Publications Page.
  • New EPC 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).  Learn more about how to comply with this new requirement.
  • Moratorium: The Albuquerque City Council recently enacted a resolution declaring a moratorium for up to 6 months, beginning April 12, 2017, or until the proposed Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO) is finally acted upon by the City Council, whichever first occurs. This moratorium affects all proposed zone change requests and/or the issuance of building permits for development pursuant to the North Fourth Mixed Use District (NFMXD) within the adopted boundaries of the North Fourth Street Rank Three Corridor Plan.  Please see the attached legislation for additional details.
  • New Tree List: The Planning Department has completed the Official Albuquerque Tree List to supplement the Comprehensive City Zoning Code 14-16-3-10 for Landscaping Regulations. Learn more and view the full list.

Weed Season Is Here

Spring is here and that means that a battle has begun in yards all across town. Because of that, we need your help to defeat stubborn weeds!

In an effort to keep our city beautiful, and meet your responsibilities as an Albuquerque property owner, please check your property for weeds frequently throughout the Spring and Summer months. Be sure to remove any weeds with a height or width of more than 4" from the following areas:

  • In the front, rear and side yards of your property
  • From the property line all the way to the curb, including the sidewalk. If you don't have a curb adjacent to your property, then the area 10' outside of your property line
  • From your property line to the middle of the alley adjacent to the property

Learn more about nuisance weed removal and which plants are considered weeds by the ordinance.

ABC-Z Team Hosts Public Meetings

Have you heard that the City is completely replacing its outdated 1970s zoning code? Have you been wondering why? Or maybe you've heard something about "zoning" but aren't sure what zoning even means?

We have a meeting for you!

Come learn about zoning and how the City is proposing to change things with the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO), which is headed to the City Council for consideration on August 16, 2017.

City staff on the project team will give an overview presentation of zoning in general, the City's zoning code today, and the proposed IDO which is being created to replace the existing zoning code and guide land use and development for the next 20 years.

The same meeting is offered at the following times, all in the Planning Department's Basement Level Hearing Room of Plaza del Sol, 600 2nd Street NW:

  • Wed.,, June 21, 1-2 p.m. – Zoning 101
  • Thurs., June 22, 5:30-6:30 – Zoning 101
  • Wed., July 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Zoning 101
  • Thurs., July 27, 1-2 p.m. – Zoning 101

Ready for the next level of detail?  Have lots of questions? Come to an "Ask an Expert" Clinic to hear more details about changes to the Integrated Development Ordinance in the upcoming redline draft and to ask questions one-on-one with a member of the project team!

  • Thurs., June 22, 1-2:30 p.m. – Ask-an-Expert Clinic
  • Thurs., June 22, 6:30 -8 pm – Ask-an-Expert Clinic
  • Wed., July 26, 1-2:30 p.m. – Ask-an-Expert Clinic
  • Wed., July 26, 6:30-8 p.m. – Ask-an-Expert Clinic

Remember, if none of these work for you, email [email protected] to request an office hour appointment Monday or Friday afternoons or to request a project team member to come speak at your meeting!

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