Coors Corridor Plan

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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City Council News

At this time, the City Councilors whose districts are affected by the proposed Rank 3 Coors Corridor Plan do not intend to sponsor the plan for adoption. Therefore, the Plan is not being scheduled for Council introduction followed by a public hearing of the Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee.

Councilors Peña, Sanchez and Lewis remain committed to addressing West Side transportation and traffic congestion issues and may consider the transportation recommendations in the future. The Council will also consider recommendations from neighborhoods, property owners and other stakeholders regarding appropriate standards for development and preservation of views in the area.

For more information or to comment, contact: Andrew Webb, (505) 768-3161 – City Council Policy Analyst/Planning

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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.

EPC documents

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::

Facilitated Meetings

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.

      Handouts (Issues and Staff Responses)
      Facilitator’s Report and Amendment

        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.

          Staff Presentation
          Handouts (Issues and Staff Responses)
          Facilitator’s Report and Amendment

            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).

              Staff Presentation
              Handouts, including potential revisions to the View Preservation regulations and Deviation (aka Exception) requirements
              Facilitator’s Report and Amendment

              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.

              Whole document

              In parts

                    August Comment Matrix

                    Presentations at EPC

                    April 2014 EPC draft Plan

                    Whole document

                    In parts

                     

                    Existing 1984 Coors Corridor Plan

                    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