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Rank 2 West Side Strategic Plan Volcano Mesa Amendment

The Planning Department has submitted an amendments to the Rank 2 West Side Strategic Plan to update a transportation network map for Volcano Mesa, the area that includes the Volcano Cliffs, Volcano Heights and Volcano Trails Sector Development Plan (SDP) areas. The amendments will be considered at the City Council’s Land Use, Planning, and Zoning (LUPZ) Committee hearing on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

The Volcano Mesa Amendment to the Rank 2 West Side Strategic Plan (WSSP) was adopted in February 2011. The Volcano Mesa Amendment includes policies to guide development in an area of approximately 3,500 acres surrounded on three sides by the Petroglyph National Monument. These include polices for open space and transportation to ensure development that is compatible with sensitive lands and that protects this unique national resource.

Update as of 7/15/14

On February 6, 2014, the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) voted to recommend approval of text amendments submitted by the Planning Department for the WSSP Volcano Mesa Amendment.

The amendments will next be heard by City Councilors on the Land Use, Planning, and Zoning (LUPZ) Committee on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.   You are invited and encouraged to participate in the review process. For more information, please see "Opportunities to Review and Comment” below. A draft incorporating all recommended changes to date, including those added by the EPC and recommended by staff since the EPC hearing, can be downloaded below.

Proposed Changes

The Planning Department submitted amendments to the Rank 2 West Side Strategic Plan to update a transportation network map for Volcano Mesa, the area that includes the Volcano Cliffs, Volcano Heights, and Volcano Trails Sector Development Plan (SDP) areas.

As originally intended, the Planning Department returned to the Volcano Mesa amendment as well as the three sector development plans in Volcano Mesa after Volcano Heights was adopted in August 2013 to update the transportation network to be consistent within Volcano Mesa.

Specifically, Exhibit 10, Road Network Map, will be updated to incorporate the following revisions:

  • Final street network and street type designations within Volcano Heights,
  • Additional intersections on Paseo del Norte and Unser Boulevard within Volcano Heights as approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Board’s Transportation Coordinating Committee, and
  • Revised street designations within Volcano Cliffs to be consistent with final engineering drawings and construction by Special Assessment District (SAD) 228.

Draft Amendments for Review

The most recent amendments are available as a blueline draft below. Please call the Project Manager, Mikaela Renz-Whitmore, at 505-924-3932 if you need help accessing a copy of the Plan.

Opportunities for Review and Comment

Proposed amendments to the WSSP Volcano Mesa Amendment (Bill Number R-14-69) will be heard at the City Council’s Land Use, Planning, and Zoning Committee (LUPZ) on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. in the City Council Committee Room, Suite 9081, located on the 9th Floor of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center, One Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87102. Parking in the Civic Plaza underground parking garage will be validated.

You may present comments verbally at the hearings and/or send written comments for inclusion in the file. Staff is available to meet with you to answer questions, but all comments should be submitted in writing to be included in the file for Council review.

To submit written comments, please send them by Friday, August 8, 2014:

Crystal Ortega, Clerk of the Council:  [email protected]

Albuquerque City Council,

P.O. Box 1293,

Albuquerque, NM, 87103

  • For information about the content of the WSSP Volcano Mesa Amendments, contact: Mikaela Renz-Whitmore, Planning Department, 505-924-3932.
  • For information about the Council and LUPZ schedule and review process, contact: Crystal Ortega, Clerk of the Council, 505-768-3107.

Staff expects LUPZ to hold one hearing and then pass the amendments to the full City Council for final action in August 2014.

Background

Volcano Mesa covers approximately 3,532 acres and includes three plan areas: Volcano Cliffs to the south, Volcano Heights to the east, and Volcano Trails to the West.

  • Volcano Cliffs, the largest of the three areas, is made up predominantly of single-family residential lots, with one village center proposed near the intersection of Universe Blvd. and Rosa Parks Rd.
  • Volcano Trails was originally owned by a single master developer: Longford Homes and is intended to be developed largely as single-family homes, with one village center proposed near the intersection of Paseo del Norte and Woodmont Ave. and another proposed near the intersection of Universe Blvd. and Paseo del Norte .
  • Volcano Heights is made up predominantly of 5-acre parcels owned by approximately 35 different entities. The majority of Volcano Heights is designated a Major Activity Center in order to encourage development that adds significant jobs to the area, supports regional transit, and provides goods and services for nearby residents.

Volcano Mesa is unique in being surrounded on three sides by more than 7,000 acres of open space under City, State and Federal jurisdictions. The Volcano Mesa area includes portions of the land the US Congress set aside in 1990 as Petroglyph National Monument (the “Monument”). All plans within the Volcano Mesa area help guide development to be sensitive and responsive to the area’s unique cultural, geological, and archaeological history, including both challenges and opportunities.

The Volcano Mesa plans also work together to accomplish several objectives:

  • to address the jobs/housing imbalance on the City’s West Side by allowing mixed uses and increased density in appropriate places in each Plan area,
  • to address traffic congestion by contributing to the roadway network grid on the West Side and encouraging transit-supportive development along key corridors; and
  • to improve quality of life for residents by providing opportunities for goods and services within easy walking and biking distance of neighborhoods.

The proposed map amendment is intended to strengthen the coordination among the Plans and to continue the comprehensive approach to planning for development that will benefit residents and businesses, while respecting and enhancing this area’s unique natural and cultural resources.

Volcano Cliffs SDP

Adopted in 2011, the Volcano Cliffs SDP is a Rank 3 plan, including goals, policies, and regulations, for an area of approximately 2,300 acres, located along the volcanic Escarpment of the City’s Northwest Mesa in the Volcano Mesa area, south of both Volcano Trails and Volcano Heights. The plan envisions a village center with neighborhood-scale retail and services surrounded by the full range of high-quality housing options within walking and biking distance of these services and open space within the Petroglyph National Monument. Read More…

Volcano Trails SDP

Adopted in 2011, the Volcano Trails SDP is a Rank 3 plan, including goals, policies, and regulations, for an area of approximately 450 acres on the City’s Northwest Mesa west of the Volcano Heights plan area. The Plan envisions a neighborhood with a range of high quality housing options connected to the Petroglyph National Monument by an open space network.

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Volcano Heights SDP

Adopted in 2013, the Volcano Heights SDP is a Rank 3 plan, including goals, policies, and regulations, for an area of approximately 570 acres on the City’s Northwest Mesa, west of the volcanic Escarpment in the Petroglyph National Monument. The plan envisions a mixed-use, walkable environment for existing and future residents and visitors as part of a larger strategy to reduce traffic congestion on the West Side and on the limited river crossings now and in the future.

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