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Volcano Cliffs Sector Development Plan (VCSDP)

On May 2nd, 2011 the City Council unanimously passed R-11-200, a Rank 3 plan that adopted new policies and zoning regulations for a 2,327-acre area atop the Northwest Mesa.

The area is surrounded on three sides (east, south, and west) by 10,000 acres of open space under City, State, and Federal jurisdictions. The northern boundary of the VCSDP is Paseo del Norte/the Town of Alameda Grant line extending west of the Paseo del Norte alignment where Paseo del Norte turns towards the northwest.

The Volcano Cliffs area, which was annexed by the City in 1981, is comprised of small (1/4 - 1/3-acre), medium (1/2 - 1-acre), and large (multi-acre) lots that were previously zoned for residential use. The new zoning largely retained the previous zoning of single-family residential character, with the introduction of higher-density residential and mixed-use zoning. The land in the western area of the plan that is closest to Open Space and Petroglyph National Monument lands, has lower residential densities reflecting the more rural character of the land and surroundings.

Update as of October, 2014

The Albuquerque City Council adopted R-14-70, amending the Volcano Cliffs Sector Development Plan.

Update as of May 2nd, 2011

  • The Sector Development Plan was heard at two Land Use, Planning, and Zoning (LUPZ) hearings. At the hearing on March 30th, public comment was noted and received. Staff prepared a memo for the April 13th hearing that responded to all public questions and concerns. LUPZ recommended a “do pass” at the April 13th hearing to send the Plan to the next Council meeting.
  • May 2nd, 2011 the Plan was unanimously approved and adopted by Council.

Volcano Cliffs Sector Development Plan Resolution (R-11-200)

Volcano Cliffs Sector Development Plan Exhibit A

For more background information of the planning process for the VCSDP please visit the Planning Department webpage.

The Volcano Cliffs Sector Development Plan

EPC Process

The Volcano Cliffs Sector Development Plan was submitted to the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) for review and recommendation to City Council. The first hearing was Thursday, September 2, 2010. The hearing was continued for 60 days to Thursday, November 4, 2010. The November EPC Hearing was deferred 60 days to the February 3, 2011 Hearing. At the February Hearing, the EPC voted to send the Volcano Cliffs Sector Development Plan to Council with a recommendation of approval

Volcano Cliffs Sector Development Plan Notice of Decision