Development Review Board

Learn more about the Development Review Board.


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

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

Update to DRB Meeting Process

The Planning Department is continuing to take steps to improve the processes for reviewing development requests. Starting Wednesday, April 20, 2022 the Development Review Board (DRB) will split their weekly meetings into two sessions to better serve the community. 

The growth in development activity in the City has resulted in more cases needing review and longer DRB meetings. To address these needs, the DRB will now meet in a morning and an afternoon session. The DRB will review major case site plans and major plats at 9:00 a.m., and minor plats (less than 10 lots) and sketch plats in the afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

View upcoming agendas.

Update to DRB Meeting Process During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

The Planning Department is working to promote economic activity that can be completed in a safe way during the COVID-19 crisis.  Review of future development projects has been identified by the Governor’s Office as an area of ‘essential services’ which can proceed during this time.  The Development Review Board (DRB) launched its first ‘remote’ meeting on April 8, 2020.  All participants were able to safely participate from home. 

The DRB continues to meet remotely on its regular schedule, Wednesdays at 9:00 AM, until it is determined that public gatherings are safe.  Meeting details and agendas will continue to be available on our website here:  

The DRB ‘remote’ public meetings are using the Zoom software.  All participants –  DRB members, applicants, and the public – participate from the safety of their homes.  You can choose to participate by video or audio only.  Participants can listen to the meeting and may also speak during the public comment period.  The agenda for the DRB meeting is posted on the City website by Friday afternoon ahead of the Wednesday meeting.  The agenda includes information on accessing the DRB meeting.  Participants can call the number listed on the agenda from their phone to be connected to the meeting.  Participants may also can click on the link on the agenda to participate via computer (a microphone is required; a camera is optional.)  Participants are not required to create a Zoom account, but may choose to do so. 

Please contact either of the following with questions:

Thank you in advance for your willingness to help our City try new things during this health and economic crisis.  We appreciate your patience with this new ‘remote’ meeting process.  We value your input and will help you connect to this new way of participating.


The Development Review Board (DRB) was established in March 1982 by Administrative Instruction 8-2. The DRB conducts meetings on major subdivision actions (where no re-zoning or annexation is required), approves or denies proposed major and minor subdivision actions, vacations of public rights of way or public and private easements, and waivers to standards in Sections 14-16-5-3 (Access and Connectivity), 14-16-5-4 (Subdivision of Land), or 14-16-5-5 (Parking and Loading) of the IDO, or the DPM.

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

The DRB also reviews 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

The DRB requires that 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. 


Supplemental Submittals

The deadline for supplemental submittals to address DRB comments is noon on Friday, unless noted on the DRB calendar. We need this time to review your submittal completely.

Please submit by noon on Friday using the resubmittal form and send to [email protected]. For files larger than 9 MB in size, please send an email to [email protected] and request that staff send you a link via Smartfile to upload your supplemental submittal. Once you upload your supplemental submittal to Smartfile, staff can download the file.  

Submittals received after the deadline will be reviewed for the following meeting.

See below for links to an updated infrastructure list template and examples of signature blocks for different types of applications:

General Meeting Information

During the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency, Development Review Board (DRB) meetings are being held remotely each Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m. using Zoom software. Please refer to the “Update to DRB Meeting Process During Covid-19 Public Health Emergency” section above for instructions regarding how to participate in the Zoom-based DRB Meetings.

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


Parking Notice

Free 2-hour parking for Plaza del Sol customers is available on the north side of the building at 600 2nd NW.

This parking lot is monitored by Parking Services. Vehicles in the lot for more than 2 hours are subject to fines and or/towing.



Online Services System

The Planning Department's Online Services System is expanding. Soon, the Development Review Board, Environmental Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Examiner, and the Landmarks Commission will join other services currently available on the system.

The new online system will allow you to fill out your application, submit required documents, track application progress and pay application fees from any computer or mobile device. Stay tuned for more details.

Staff Contact

For questions, contact the Development Review Board staff at (505) 924-3994 or (505) 924-3910.

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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