Update to the 1984 Coors Corridor Plan
Planning Department Contact: Carol Toffaleti– 505-924-3345
Department of Municipal Development Contact: Richard Costales - 505-768-2774
* webpage last updated 4/11/14
The City of Albuquerque is pleased to announce the release of the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) Draft Plan for public review and comment:
The document is also available as a hard copy from the Planning Department, 600 2nd St. NW, 3rd Floor.
Please contact Carol Toffaleti– 505-924-3345 if you need help accessing a copy the Plan or would like to be added to the project email distribution list.
The Coors Corridor Plan is a Rank 3 sector development 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. Three traffic congestion "hot spots" are addressed with elevated northbound lanes beyond Ouray, an interchange at Montaño 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 community input received on an earlier Working Draft that was presented at Open Houses in the fall of 2013 and has been discussed with a range of stakeholder groups.
The Coors Corridor Plan is scheduled for a special EPC hearing on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM. The hearing will be held in the Planning Department Hearing Room, Plaza del Sol, 600 2nd Street NW, Basement Level. The EPC typically holds two public hearings before sending their recommendation to City Council.
Please contact Madeline Carruthers, EPC Board Secretary, at (505) 924-3889 to confirm the hearing dates and times.
Opportunities to Comment
You may present comments verbally at the hearings and/or send written comments for inclusion in the EPC public file.
Please note the deadlines for written comments for the first EPC hearing:
- To be included in the first EPC staff report, submit your written comments to arrive by Wednesday May 28, 2014.
Mail: City Planning, Attn. Carol Toffaleti, 3rd Floor, P.O. Box 1293, Albuquerque, NM 87103; Fax: 505-924-3339, FAO: Carol Toffaleti; or Email: [email protected]
- To be forwarded to the Commissioners 48 hours before the hearing, hand deliver, fax, or email them to the EPC Board Secretary to arrive no later than 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
Hand deliver: Madeline Carruthers, EPC Board Secretary, 600 2nd Street NW, 3rd floor. Fax: 505-924-3339, Attention: Madeline Carruthers. Email: [email protected]
Written comments received after June 3rd will be included in the public file for consideration at the subsequent EPC hearing(s).
After the City Council receives the EPC recommendation and record, the Plan is within the City Council’s purview. The Plan will first be heard by the Land Use, Planning, and Zoning Committee (LUPZ) and then by the full City Council. The City Council has final decision-making authority. The public is also encouraged to comment during the Council review 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 DMD 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.
The Public was invited to attend Open Houses in October 2013 to learn about proposals in the new Plan, ask questions and provide feedback.
The hand-out and content of the display boards from the Open Houses are provided below. The boards present excerpts from the first working draft that highlight significant and new regulations in the Plan. Several maps and diagrams are separated out to make them easier to read on-line and/ or to print-out.
- Regulatory Sub-Areas
- Traffic Congestion and Transportation Projects
- Typical ROW Sections
- Transportation Recommendations by Segment
- View Preservation Diagrams
- Large Maps