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Volcano Trails SDP

The Planning Department has submitted amendments to the Volcano Trails Sector Development Plan (SDP) for review and approval. The amendments will be considered by the City Council ’s Land Use, Planning, and Zoning (LUPZ) Committee hearing on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Mikaela Renz-Whitmore505-924-3932, Long Range Planning

Tony Duran505-768-3189, City Council Services

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.  The Plan envisions a neighborhood with a range of high quality housing options connected to the Petroglyph National Monument by an open space network.

Update as of 9/12/14

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

The amendments will next be heard by the City Council at its next meeting on Monday, September 15, 2014.   The Council is expected to take final action.  You are invited and encouraged to participate in the review process. For more information, please see “Opportunities to Review and Comment” below. There are newly proposed changes incorporated in a Greenline draft for Council, which can be downloaded below.

Proposed Changes

The following proposed change has been added since the LUPZ hearing on August 13, 2014:

  • Updated language about fugitive dust to ensure the enforceability of the regulations and remove the exemption for public rights-of-way and public easements.

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.

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.

Draft Amendments for Review

The most recent amendments are available as a greenline draft below.

Opportunities for Review and Comment

The VTSDP (Bill Number R-14-71) will be heard at the City Council meeting  on Monday, September 15,  2014 at 5:00 P.M. in the Vincent E. Griego Council Chambers, located on the basement level of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center, One Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87102.

You may present comments verbally at the hearings and/or send written comments for inclusion in the file.

To submit written comments, please send them by Thursday, September 11, 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 Volcano Trails SDP, contact: Mikaela Renz-Whitmore, Planning Department, 505-924-3932 or Andrew Webb, Council Services, 505-768-3161.
  • For information about the Council and LUPZ schedule and review process, contact: Crystal Ortega, Clerk of the Council, 505-768-3107.

Adopted Plan

The Plan was adopted by City Council on August 15, 2011. Councilor Dan Lewis is pleased to present the draft Sector Development Plan (SDP) for Volcano Trails in the Volcano Mesa area.  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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