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Long Range Planning Section

Learn more about the Long Range Planning Section of the Urban Design & Development Division for the Planning Department.

What We Do

The Long Range Planning Section is responsible for working with stakeholders in the community to assess how well existing policies, regulations, and City programs are working to meet their goals, maximize opportunities, and address concerns. Specifically, this section develops assessments, policies, and program recommendations to guide the physical design and development of Albuquerque. In general, this section develops and implements coordinated planning for quality growth and development of the City. Doing so balances social, economic, and environmental goals. The historic past and the dynamic present provide the framework upon which the future can be built.

How We Serve You

The Long Range Planning Section’s work involves an orientation toward the future and improving quality of life for Albuquerque residents. Because this function usually affects larger areas of the City rather than just individual sites, community participation is a key element of the section’s work. In conjunction with City Council staff, the Long Range Planning Section works with the community in the formulation and articulation of ideas in developing goals and priorites, which are then translated into recommendations for policy and regulation changes. Extensive coordination with various City departments, other government agencies, and private sector interests are critical. Ongoing public policy analysis serves to keep the City’s goals, policies, and regulations up to date with new development trends, new technologies, economic development opportunities, and demographic/societal changes.

Other work of the Long Range Planning Section includes policy analysis and development, mainly associated with plan implementation tools such as the Zoning Code, the Development Process Manual (DPM) and Capital Improvements Program.

Ranked City Plans

The section assembles all the information gathered through contact with various groups and produces documents detailing their interests and desires. These policy Plans are “ranked” as follows:

  • Rank 1: The Comprehensive Plan is the Rank 1 plan. It is a citywide plan with broad goals and policies for all areas of the built and natural environment, coordinated with Bernalillo County.
  • Rank 2: Plans to coordinate citywide facilities are called Rank 2 Facility Plans. Facility plans address various types of citywide utilities or public facilities.
  • Rank 3: Rank 3 plans address individual City facilities or smaller geographic areas that have common characteristics and/or conditions. Resource management plans, Master Plans, and Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plans are all Rank 3 plans.

Lower ranking plans should be consistent with higher ranking plans. In the event of conflict, the provisions of the higher-ranking plan governs.