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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.

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

Update as of 12/23/13

The Planning Department is submitting text amendments to the Volcano Trails Sector Development Plan (VTSDP) to the Environmental Planning Commission for the first hearing in the review and approval process in February 2014. You 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 designations will not be affected, nor will goals and policies change.  The proposed changes include the following items:

  • Updating transportation network map and standards to be consistent with Volcano Heights SDP, including adding cross sections and access modifications, Volcano Cliffs SDP, and Special Assessment District 228 to include the full transportation network within Volcano Mesa.
  • Fixing the zoning map label for VTRD where it was colored correctly but labeled incorrectly.
  • 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.

Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) Hearing

The text amendments to the VTSDP, as well as the other Volcano Mesa 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 Amendments for Review

Amendments are available as downloads here:

A hardcopy of the redline draft amendments will be available at the City of Albuquerque Planning Department, 600 2nd Street NW, 3rd Floor from December 30 onward.

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

Adopted Plan

The Plan was adopted by City Council on August 15, 2011. The Plan is available for download here.


Volcano Trails is one of three sector plan areas that make up Volcano Mesa, a community covering approximately 3,532 acres.  Volcano Heights and Volcano Cliffs are the other two sector plan areas. Volcano Trails was originally owned and master planned by one developer:  Longford Homes.  Its single-family subdivisions have been constructed most recently by DR Horton.  Future phases of construction are expected to be accomplished by a variety of developers.

The Volcano Trails SDP covers 446 acres of land and contains goals and policies related to Transportation, the Environment /Open Space, and Land Use. The Land Use chapter adopts zoning and general regulations to guide future development within the area. The policies and regulations in the plan were developed to reflect the Vision and Guiding Principles in the plan, as well as implementing the policies of the Volcano Mesa amendment to the Rank 2 West Side Strategic Plan.

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: (1) 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, (2) to address traffic congestion by contributing to the roadway network grid on the West Side and encouraging transit-supportive development along key corridors; and (3) to improve quality of life for residents by providing opportunities for goods and services within easy walking and biking distance of neighborhoods.


Volcano Trails 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.

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