Update to the 1984 Coors Corridor Plan, a long range plan with policies and project recommendations for Coors Blvd. and Coors Bypass and design regulations for adjacent development.
Planning Department Contact: Carol Toffaleti – (505) 924-3345
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* webpage last updated February 24, 2015
Tentative Council Schedule
The Coors Corridor Plan is intended to be introduced at the City Council meeting on Monday, March 16, 2015 and scheduled for a first hearing by the Council’s Land Use, Planning, and Zoning Committee (LUPZ) on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
Council Introduction is a procedural action without public comment or discussion, whereas the LUPZ hearing is public, and the Committee encourages comments and testimony from interested parties. LUPZ typically holds two hearings on long-range plans. The second on the Coors Corridor Plan is intended to be scheduled on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 and would result in their recommendation to the full City Council. The City Council also typically holds two hearings on long-range plans; these are expected to be scheduled in June and August 2015.
The confirmed dates of each hearing will be posted as each one is scheduled, along with information on how to participate in the LUPZ and Council review process.
Environmental Planning Commission recommends approval
After considering the update to the Coors Corridor Plan at four hearings, EPC voted unanimously on January 8, 2015 to recommend approval to the City Council. Their recommendation was based on several findings and on revisions in the January 2015 Green-Line and on the October 2014 Red-Line draft, along with additional conditions. To view the official notice of decision for project #1005238, see Notice of Decision.
Most of the documents listed below are available as hard copies from the Planning Department, 600 Second Street NW, 3rd floor. Please contact Carol Toffaleti - 505-924-3345 beforehand to request copies.
EPC Staff Reports
Staff reports and attachments are available on-line at: EPC staff reports. See the June 5, July 10, August 14 and October 2, 2014, and January 8, 2015 hearings, ref. Project #1005238.
January 2015 EPC Green-Line Revisions
As a result of facilitated meetings held in November and early December 2014, staff made revisions to the previous (October 2014) draft in response to concerns about the transportation recommendations, the deviation process, and the view preservation regulations::
- January Chapter B How to Use this Plan. (revised pages only re. Deviations) (PDF)
- January Chapter C. Traffic Movement, Access Management and Roadway Design (whole chapter) (PDF)
- January Chapter D. Design Overlay Zone (revised pages only re. View Preservation Regulations) (PDF)
At the October 2, 2014 hearing the Environmental Planning Commission instructed staff to continue discussing and responding to the issues that had been raised by stakeholders at previous EPC hearings on the plan update. Three facilitated meetings were held that corresponded to the geographic areas and topics of concern, with the participation of the relevant departments and agencies. Staff presentations, hand-outs and the facilitator’s reports from the meetings are available below:
Meeting 1 was held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the West Mesa Community Center. It covered transportation and development design issues for the Corridor segment from Central Avenue to St. Josephs.
Meeting 2 was held on Wednesday November 19, 2014 at the Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center and covered transportation issues for the segment from Western Trail/Namaste to Paseo Del Norte.
Meeting 3 was held Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center and focused on the View Preservation Regulations and other development design issues in the View Preservation area of the Plan (east of Coors, between Namaste and Alameda).
October 2014 EPC Red-Line draft Plan
The most recent version of the whole draft Plan is the October 2014 EPC Red-Line. It should be read in conjunction with the August Comment Matrix, as many of the revisions reference comments that were received from the public and agencies and are summarized in the matrix.
- Oct Table of Contents and A. Introduction
- Oct B. How to Use This Plan
- Oct C. Traffic Movement, Access Management and Roadway Design
- Oct D. Design Overlay Zone
- Oct E. Public Projects
- Oct F. Appendix
August Comment Matrix
Presentations at EPC
April 2014 EPC draft Plan
- Table of Contents
- A. Introduction & B. How to Use this Plan
- C. Traffic Movement, Access Management, and Roadway Design
- D. Design Overlay Zone
- E. Public Projects
- F. Appendix
Existing 1984 Coors Corridor Plan
- Planning Publications (Plans are listed alphabetically)
Overview of draft Plan
The Coors Corridor Plan is a Rank 3 corridor plan that provides policies and project recommendations for Coors Blvd. and Coors Bypass and design regulations for adjacent development. The Plan area is an 11-mile long corridor that extends from Bridge Boulevard to Alameda Boulevard.
The new Plan proposes a multi-modal transportation strategy for the Corridor to boost the capacity of these regional arterial roadways without widening them significantly. The recommended street cross-sections for the 20-year horizon of the Plan accommodate three driving lanes, a dedicated bus lane, bike lane and sidewalk in each direction. The bus lanes would support a Bus Rapid Transit service on Coors, as proposed in the 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Traffic congestion "hot spots" are addressed with elevated northbound lanes beyond Ouray and an eastbound flyover at Paseo del Norte. Other public projects aim to improve the appearance of the Corridor and connections for pedestrians and cyclists. The transportation element of the Plan is advisory to the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), which controls the Coors Blvd./Bypass rights-of-way.
The Plan also includes regulations for development adjacent to Coors Blvd./Bypass to maintain a high standard of design in this well-travelled corridor on the West Side, which parallels the Rio Grande valley. This Design Overlay Zone element of the Plan requires landscape setbacks and buffers, and controls walls and fences, signage, lighting, etc. Where Coors Blvd. veers to the northeast and offers stunning views of the Sandia Mountains, the Plan has maintained some restrictions on the maximum height and mass of structures. Note that the Plan does not establish or change zoning (land uses) nor affect property-owners’ current development entitlements.
The update is guided by current City policy in higher-ranked plans, such as Activity Centers and Corridors in the Comprehensive Plan and site design recommendations in the West Side Strategic Plan. It also reflects input received from a range of stakeholders prior to, and during the EPC public process at open houses, community meetings and facilitated meetings.
Background on update process
The process to update the Plan was led initially by the Planning Department. The Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) reviewed an earlier draft plan and recommended that a view analysis be conducted along the east side of Coors, which was completed in 2008. The Planning Department worked with a citizen advisory committee to revise design regulations. However this Design Overlay Zone portion of the Plan was put on hold in 2009 for the Department of Municipal Development to undertake a transportation study of the corridor, which addresses future travel needs in light of worsening traffic congestion in the area. The study was conducted in 2010-2012 by engineering consultants in conjunction with NMDOT, MRCOG, Bernalillo County and other agencies, and with community input. Staff integrated the results of these planning efforts into one document that includes a transportation section, project recommendations and a Design Overlay Zone.
Note: materials from the Open Houses held in fall 2013 and the January 2014 Working Draft have been archived here.