Volcano Heights Public Process
The purpose of the Volcano Heights Sector Development Plan is to allow flexibility for short-term and long-term opportunities for development while providing enough guidance to ensure predictability of a high-quality built environment across property lines, along corridors, and over time.
NOTE: The following milestones are listed in reverse-chronological order so that the most recent is listed first.
- The Volcano Heights SDP (Bill Number R-13-132) was adopted with unanimous support from the City Council on August 5, 2013 and signed by the Mayor on August 28, 2013. To watch the Council video, click this link.Staff Presentation Updates – Updates on Implementation & Parallel Planning Efforts
Council heard the Plan and took public comment on June 3, 2013. Staff requested and received a deferral at the June 3, 2013 Council hearing in order to incorporate edits to the streets and streetscape standards, finalize the draft, and allow sufficient time for the public and staff to review prior to adoption. Staff presentations can be downloaded at the links below.
The Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee (LUPZ) heard the Plan on February 7 and April 10, 2013 and voted unanimously to recommend approval to the City Council.
A redline draft of the VHSDP prepared for the second LUPZ hearing can still be downloaded via the link below. Conditions of approval from the Environmental Planning Commission appear in red, and the numbers in brackets correspond with the condition as it appears in the official Notice of Decision (available via the link in the EPC Draft Plan section below). Changes in blue indicate new recommendations from staff.
The Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) held the first hearing of the Volcano Heights SDP on October 4, 2012 and the second hearing on December 6, 2012, where the EPC voted unanimously to recommend approval of the Plan to the City Council. The staff report, public comments, and staff responses can be downloaded via this link.
The EPC draft is provided below.
- Volcano Heights SDP - EPC Draft August 2012 - complete draft document
- Volcano Heights SDP Appendix - EPC Draft August 2012
The City is grateful for all the public input and landowner collaboration to develop incentives, design regulations, and zoning to will encourage development patterns that are desired, predictable, and coordinated along transportation corridors.
Overview: In July 2011, the City hired land-use consultant Gateway Planning to help revise regulations and standards proposed in a July 2010 Draft Sector Development Plan in order to strengthen their ability to guide desired development, adapt to market conditions, and protect sensitive lands and existing neighborhoods outside the Plan boundary.
NOTE: The following milestone meetings are listed in reverse chronological order so that the most recent is listed first.
Public Meeting: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
- Public Meeting Presentation – Part 1: Traffic Study
- Public Meeting Presentation – Part 2: Volcano Heights Sector Development Plan 2012
- Handout – Frequently Asked Questions
Approximately 30 property owners, neighbors, and open space advocates met to discuss results of the traffic study and latest draft revision of the Volcano Heights Sector Development Plan as the last public meeting prior to the adoption process.
1. Consultants presented the results of the traffic study that assessed the impacts of the proposed mandatory road network, cross sections, and additional intersections on the limited-access Paseo del Norte and Unser Boulevard, including:
- Local roadway impact,
- Regional roadway impact, and
- Anticipated congestion to full build-out in 2035 at intersections nearby and within the Plan area.
2. Staff presented the latest draft plan, including:
- Vision, approach, and strategies,
- Flexibility and predictability provided by the Plan
- Proposed mixed-use zoning,
- Mandatory street grid and cross sections,
- Non-mandatory street options,
- Open space requirements, and
- Optional bonus height system
- Strategic engagement
- Stakeholder involvement
- Coordination with separate, related planning efforts
Open Space Meeting: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Approximately 35 stakeholders, open space and bicycle advocates, and other interested citizens met to discuss Open Space and Recreation in Volcano Heights on March 27, 2012 at the Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center.
After a presentation, available below, stakeholders rotated through three stations to discuss the following topics with City staff:
- Strategies for open space and rock outcropping preservation,
- Private parks, bike lanes, and trail connections, and
- Plan strategies and regulations.
The following meeting materials and updated revision of the Working Draft are posted here for your comment and review.
- Open Space & Recreation Presentation About PDF Files [pdf, 3MB]
- Public Comments/Ideas About PDF Files [pdf, 103KB]
- Guide to Open Space/Recreation Topics in the Draft Plan [pdf, 11KB]
Implementation Workshop: Thursday, December 8, 2011
Planning and Council Services hosted a half-day workshop focused on how well the proposed regulations in the latest draft Volcano Heights Sector Development Plan (SDP) can be implemented and enforced and to what extent they meet market conditions. Interested property owners, neighbors, and other stakeholders discussed three aspects of successful implementation of the Plan.
Economic Development Expert Panel Discussion: Opportunities and challenges for development in Albuquerque at the Major Activity Center scale (300+ acres). Panelists included John Garcia, CABQ Director of Economic Development; Deirdre Firth, City Economic Development; Jackie Kerby-Moore, Executive Director, Sandia Science and Technology Park; Jim Trump.
- Executive Director of Build New Mexico, whose projects include Sandia Science and Technology Park and Renaissance Center; and Jim Chenowyth of CB Richard Ellis and agent for ABQ Uptown.
- Transportation & Utilities Panel Discussion: Infrastructure, including transportation and utilities. Panelists included Terry Doyle and Tony Sylvester of Mid-Region Council of Governments, Debbie Bauman and Chuck Thompson from the City Department of Municipal Development, Lawrence Kline and Andrew de Gaarmo from ABQ Ride, Jeremy Hoover from the Albuquerque-Bernalillo Water Utility Authority, and Ken Maestas from PNM.
- Stakeholder Discussion: How the Plan’s strategy provides flexibility to meet market conditions over time while providing the predictability of quality development to potential developers, tenants, financers, and surrounding property owners.
NOTE: The discussions were recorded and can be downloaded by clicking this link. There are four (4) MP3 files zipped into a folder, but the large file sizes may take over an hour to download, based on your broadband speed.
Alternatively, you may purchase a CD of the audio recording of any/all of the above for a small fee by contacting Sara Westbrook at [email protected].
Focus Groups: September 14
The City held two (2) focus groups with stakeholders on September 14, 2011 and a raincheck focus group on September 16, 2011. Staff prepared the following presentation and handout, and comments from the discussion are summarized in the following notes.
- VHSDP Focus Group Presentation [pdf, 7.39]
- VHSDP Focus Group Presentation new slides [pdf, 63.4]
- VHSDP DRAFT Building Design Standards [pdf, 439KB]
- VHSDP Focus Group Notes [pdf, 19.0KB]
Staff from the Planning Department and Council Services has responded in writing to focus group and written comments from both September 14 and August 23 in the following spreadsheet.
- Focus Group Comments 10-21-11 [pdf, 158KB]
Focus Groups: August 23
The City held two (2) focus groups with stakeholders on September 14, 2011 and a September 16, 2011. Staff prepared the following presentation and handout, and comments from the discussion are summarized in the following notes.
- VHSDP Focus Group WORKING DRAFT Presentation [pdf, 1.74MB]
- VHSDP Focus Group Handout [pdf, 731KB]
- VHSDP Focus Group Notes [pdf, 100KB]
Public Meeting: June 2
The City held three (3) open house work sessions on June 2, 2011 with Gateway and the City project team. Gateway's consultants presented their market study findings and draft recommendations, followed by discussion and open house.
Focus Groups: May 23
The Planning Department held four (4) focus groups with property owners, neighbors, and other stakeholders. In addition to the presentation available below, discussion from each focus group included comments about Gateway findings and recommendations and recommendations for next steps in the planning process.
- Focus Group Presentation* [pdf, 7.20MB]
- Gibbs Planning Group Market Study for Volcano Heights (DRAFT) [pdf, 121KB]
- Focus Group Discussion Notes [pdf, 123KB]
*NOTE: PowerPoints are for discussion purposes only and in no way replace or supplement the information, policies, and regulations contained in the Sector Development Plan and/or the West Side Strategic Plan Amendment. In order to gain the most comprehensive understanding of the Plans and WSSP Volcano Mesa Amendment, we encourage you to download and read the documents found on this website.
For up to date information on the Volcano Heights Sector Development Plan, please click on the link.