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Updates on Planning and Zoning Related Legislation

Below is a list of planning-related items that will be heard at full Council in the coming weeks.

General Legislation

C/S R-15-274 (Full Council) | R-15-274 would amend the Coors Corridor Plan as it relates to design standards for signage. The plan currently doesn’t allow temporary signs such as banners and pennants. This amendment would allow businesses to use such signs temporarily in a situation where they were forced to relocate due to unavoidable events such as a fire. The business owner would be permitted to use one 3-foot by 6-foot temporary sign for up to 90 days to inform the public of their relocation. A committee substitute that amended minor grammatical errors was approved by the LUPZ committee on March 16th. The committee voted to send the bill, as substituted, to Council with a recommendation of Do Pass. This bill was on the agenda for the April 4th meeting, but was deferred to the April 18th meeting at the request of its sponsor. 

Other Council-related Projects

ABC-Z Project (Comprehensive Plan update and Integrated Development Ordinance)

Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan

An early draft of proposed updates to the Comprehensive Plan was posted on in January 2015 for review and discussion.  Since then, the project team has continued to refine and consolidate policies, strengthen connections across chapters, and incorporate photos and graphics.  A revised draft is expected in May and will be made available on the project webpage for public review. Comments may be submitted via or email [email protected].

Public meetings will be held in April to present major revisions proposed to the first draft. Additional meetings will be held in June to present the final draft to be submitted to the City’s Environmental Planning Commission as the first step in the review and approval process.

Thursday, April 14:  Plan Overview / General Discussion

  • 1:30 – 3 pm Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe Ave. NE
  • 6-7:30 pm Patrick J. Baca Library (Central/Unser) Library, 8081 Central Ave. NW

Friday, April 15: Focus Groups by Topic – Alvarado Transit Center, 100 1st St. SW, 2nd Floor

  • 8:30 – 10 am:  Land Use
  • 10:30-12 pm: Transportation
  • 12:30 -1:30 pm: Plan Overview / General Discussion
  • 2-3:30 pm:  Heritage Conservation
  • 3:30-5 pm: Neighborhoods

Albuquerque’s Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO)

The IDO will replace the City’s zoning code, subdivision ordinance, and other land use regulations.  It is being drafted in three modules.  After incorporating comments collected after each module, a full draft with revisions will be released for review and discussion in Fall 2016.

  • Module 1:  Zones and uses – See draft on for review and comment. 
  • Module 2:  Dimensional standards (building heights, setbacks, landscaping, parking requirements, etc.) – To be posted on for review and comment in April 2016.
  • Module 3:  Required review and approval processes for development – expected Summer 2016.

Public meetings on Module 2 are scheduled for May 2016 to provide a general overview.  Follow-up meetings by topic will be scheduled over the summer.

  • Monday, May 9
    • 1:30-3 pm: Plaza del Sol, Basement Hearing Room, 600 2nd St. NW
    • 6-7:30 pm:  Patrick J. Baca Library (Central/Unser), 8081 Central Ave. NW
  • Tuesday, May 10
    • 6-7:30 pm: Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center, 4900 Kachina St. NW
  • Monday, May 16
    • 1:30-3 pm: Plaza del Sol, Basement Hearing Room, 600 2nd St. NW
    • 6-7:30 pm:  North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel Ave. NE
  • Tuesday, May 17
    • 6-7:30 pm:  Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth St. SE

Relevant Meeting Dates, Times, and Locations

City Council Meeting

April 18th, 2016 | 5:00 | Vincent E. Griego Council Chambers | Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center

ABC-Z Public Meetngs

See schedule above.