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Rank 2 West Side Strategic Plan Volcano Mesa Amendment

The Planning Department is submitting an amendment 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 Department will submit the amendment to the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) for the first hearing in the review and approval process in February 2014.

Rank 2 West Side Strategic Plan Volcano Mesa Amendment

The Planning Department is submitting an amendment 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 Department will submit the amendment to the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) for the first hearing in the review and approval process in February 2014.

Proposed Changes

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:

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

Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) Hearing

The amendment to the West Side Strategic Plan, as well as text amendments to the other Volcano Mesa plans to fix errata and improve consistency among the three plans, will be scheduled for an EPC hearing on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in the Planning Department Hearing Room, Plaza del Sol, 600 2nd Street NW, Basement Level. Please see the agenda to determine the order cases will be heard or call Madeline Carruthers, EPC Board Secretary at 505-924-3339.

Draft for Review

The revised network transportation map is available for download here:

A hard copy of the proposed map will be available at the City of Albuquerque Planning Department, 600 2nd Street NW, 3rd Floor from December 30 onward. 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

The EPC is expected to vote on its recommendation to City Council at the February hearing. You may present comments verbally at the hearings and/or send written comments for inclusion in the file. Once the City Council receives the EPC recommendation, the Plan will move on to City Council, heard first at the Land Use, Planning, and Zoning Committee (LUPZ) and then full City Council.

To be included in the first EPC staff report, please submit your written comments by Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Mail: Mikaela Renz-Whitmore, P.O. Box 1293, Albuquerque, NM  87103

Fax: 505-924-3339, Attention: Mikaela Renz-Whitmore

Email: Mikaela Renz-Whitmore

After January 30, you can submit comments for Commissioner review by hand delivering, faxing, or emailing them to the EPC Board Secretary no later than 3:30 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014.

Hand deliver: Madeline Carruthers, EPC Board Secretary, 600 2nd Street NW, 3rd floor

Fax: 505-924-3339, Attention: Madeline Carruthers

Email: Madeline Carruthers

Written comments received after February 10 will be included in the file for consideration at subsequent hearings in the adoption process.

We look forward to your comments and ideas to improve the workability and effective of this Plan to improve the quality of life for existing and future residents while protecting the unique natural and cultural resources of the area.

Background

Volcano Mesa covers approximately 3,532 acres and is made up of 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

Councilor Dan Lewis is pleased to present the adopted Sector Development Plan (SDP) for Volcano Cliffs in the Volcano Mesa area. The area consists of approximately 2,300 acres, located along the volcanic Escarpment of the City’s Northwest Mesa.

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Volcano Trails SDP

Councilor Dan Lewis is pleased to present the draft Sector Development Plan (SDP) for Volcano Trails in the Volcano Mesa area. The area consists of approximately 400 acres, located along the volcanic Escarpment of the City's Northwest Mesa.

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Volcano Heights SDP

Councilor Dan Lewis is pleased to present the draft Sector Development Plan (SDP) for Volcano Heights in the Volcano Mesa area. The area consists of approximately 400 acres, located along the volcanic Escarpment of the City's Northwest Mesa.

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