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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.

Contact Information: Mikaela Renz-Whitmore at 505-924-3932 in Long Range Planning or Tony Duran at 505-768-3189 in City Council Services.

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.

Planning and Council Services staff thank the public, the Volcano Cliffs Property Owners Association, City department staff, agency staff, and many other stakeholders for contributing valuable ideas, input, and energy into this planning process.

Update as of 12/23/13

The Planning Department is submitting text amendments to the Volcano Cliffs Sector Development Plan (VCSDP) to the Environmental Planning Commission this month for the first hearing in the review and approval process in February 2014. You and your neighborhood association are invited and encouraged to participate in the review process.

As originally intended, the Planning Department returned to all three sector development plans in Volcano Mesa after Volcano Heights was adopted in August 2013 to update the transportation network to be consistent among the three plans, as well as the Rank 2 West Side Strategic Plan Volcano Mesa amendment.  In reviewing these plans, other minor items were also identified to be fixed, clarified, and/or adjusted to better meet plan goals.

Proposed Changes

The zoning map will not be affected, nor will goals and policies change.  The proposed changes include the following items:

  • Updating transportation standards to be consistent with Volcano Heights SDP, including adding cross sections and access modifications from Volcano Heights SDP and Special Assessment District 228 and renumbering cross sections accordingly to include the full transportation network within Volcano Mesa.
  • Clarifying the intent and required right-of-way for local streets at for different land uses and densities.
  • Revising zoning standards regarding fences to address inadvertent errors and provide clarity.
  • Adding a setback from petroglyphs to General Standards to be consistent with the Volcano Trails SDP.
  • Revising General Standards regarding residential garages and utilities to be consistent with the Volcano Heights SDP.
  • Revising General Regulations regarding plant lists, color restrictions, and grading to be consistent with Volcano Heights SDP.
  • Adding a definition to General Regulations for significant rock outcroppings, which are called out in the calculation of density, to be consistent with the Volcano Trails SDP.
  • Revising the plant list to be consistent with the Volcano Heights SDP.

Draft for Review

Electronic versions of the redline draft pages can be downloaded here:

Hard copies of the proposed amendments 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.

Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) Hearing

The text amendments to the VCSDP, as well as the other Volcano Mesa plans, will bescheduled 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.

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: [email protected]

After January 30, you submit comments for Commissioner review until can ensure that your comments are included in the packet of materials 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: [email protected]

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.

Property Owners

The Volcano Cliffs Sector Development Plan was adopted by the City Council on May 2, 2011. The plan can be viewed and downloaded here.

There are several ways you can look up your property to determine the zoning changed by the Volcano Cliffs SDP:

  • Find your property in one of the following Unit, Block, and Lot Number Maps
  • Visit AGIS Interactive Address Map
    • Zoom to the area (Paseo del Norte & Universe Boulevard)
    • Turn on "Lot Numbers" layer by clicking the circle
    • Use the identify button (black circle with "i" in the center) to choose a parcel and find out its Unit, Tract, Block number
  • E-mail Mikaela Renz-Whitmore or call 505-924-3932


Volcano Cliffs is one of three sector development plans being developed for the area referred to as Volcano Mesa. Each plan contains goals, policies, and regulations that address land use, transportation, and environment/open space.

Volcano Cliff Units, Blocks and Lots

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