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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 developing plans, policies and programs designed to guide the physical design and development of Albuquerque. Specifically, this section develops, maintains and implements a coordinated, comprehensive general planning program 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 the 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, which are then translated into policy and potential regulations. Extensive coordination with various City departments, other government agencies and private sector interests are also critical elements to this goal creation process. On-going 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.

Plans & Ranking

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

  • Rank 1: The general or comprehensive plan is the Rank 1 plan. It is a City-wide plan with broad goals and policies for all areas of the built and natural environment.
  • Rank 2: Area and facility plans are Rank 2 plans. Area plans cover large swaths of the City, such as the North Valley or the West Side, but not all areas of the City have an area plan. Facility plans address various types of City-wide utilities or public facilities.
  • Rank 3: Sector and corridor plans are the typical Rank 3 plans. Other Rank 3 plans may be specific to unique areas or an occasional neighborhood plan. Rank 3 plans address smaller geographic areas (sectors) that have common characteristics and/or conditions. They typically have tighter land use controls than the City’s Zoning Code and often include specific design standards for the particular sector.

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