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Development Review Board

Learn more about the phasing out of the Development Review Board.


The six members of the DRB included City staff representing the Planning Department, Parks and Recreation Department, Code Enforcement, City Engineer, Traffic Engineer, and Water/Sewer Utilities Engineer.

The chairperson was the City Planner representative. Each member was authorized to sign plats.

The DRB reviewed applications submitted BEFORE December 25, 2022, when an IDO update replaced the DRB with the DHO.  Applications submitted since then have been reviewed against the regulations in the Effective IDO Document.

Planning staff provided a presentation about the transition away from the DRB on December 9, 2022. 

As of December 25, 2022, applications formerly decided by the Development Review Board (DRB) are decided either by the Development Hearing Officer (DHO) or the Site Plan Administrative-Development Facilitation Team (DFT). 


The Development Review Board (DRB) was established in March 1982 by Administrative Instruction 8-2. The DRB conducted meetings on the following actions:

  • major subdivision actions (where no re-zoning or annexation is required).
  • major and minor subdivision actions.
  • vacations of public rights of way or public and private easements.
  • waivers to standards in the DPM or these IDO Sections:
    • 14-16-5-3 (Access and Connectivity)
    • 14-16-5-4 (Subdivision of Land)
    • 14-16-5-5 (Parking and Loading)

The DRB was charged with administering the IDO and the DPM as well as other City ordinances and policies applicable to subdivision actions.

The DRB also reviewed site development plans delegated by the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) for final sign off, as well as Site Plan - DRB, as required by the IDO.

Requirements for Plans and Plats

  • All plans and plats be signed and sealed by a licensed engineer, architect or, in the case of plats, a surveyor.
  • Landscape Plan sheets must be signed and sealed by a licensed Landscape Architect.
  • For plats, the first page must be signed and sealed.
  • For plans, all pages must be signed and sealed. 


General Meeting Information

The DRB met Wednesdays at 9:00 am via Zoom. Meeting details and agendas are available online.

The public hearing portion of each week's agenda is announced in the Albuquerque Journal.


Staff Contact

For questions, contact the Development Review Services staff at 505-924-3860 and select the option for Boards and Commissions or email [email protected].

Scheduled Meetings

See General Meeting Information.

Changes to DRB Application Submittals Effective March 1, 2022

 Approvals needed prior to application submittal for all projects (please see Forms P & S)*:

  • Hydrology:
    • Grading and Drainage Plan
  • Transportation:
    • Traffic Circulations Layout (TCL)
    • Traffic Impact Study (TIS)
    • Neighborhood Impact Analysis (NIA)
    • Water/Sewer Availability Statement
    • ABCWUA Development Agreement or Service Connection Agreement (if required)
  • Other agencies (if required under the Hydrology or Transportation submittals):
    • AMAFCA
    • Bernalillo County
    • NMDOT
    • MRGCD

Preliminary/Final Plat Submittals (signature/approvals needed prior to application submittal for all projects*):

  • Infrastructure Improvements Agreement (IIA**)
  • MRGCD (if required)
  • AMAFCA (if required)
  • Bernalillo County (if required)
  • NMDOT (if required)
  • NM Gas
  • PNM
  • AGIS (DXF approval)
  • City Surveyor’s Signature
  • Owner’s Signature

* Except Sketch Plat/Plan & PRT Submittals

** Prior to Final Plat submittals and/or Final Site Plan approval submittals

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