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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 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) will launch its first remote meeting on April 8, 2020 at 9:00 am. The DRB will hear the cases originally scheduled for the March 18, 2020 hearing. We have organized a way for you to safely participate from home. 

The DRB’s April 8th meeting will be a ‘remote’ public meeting using the software Zoom. All participants –  DRB members, applicants, and the public – will 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 April 8th meeting will be posted on the City website by Friday afternoon. The agenda will include information on accessing the DRB meeting.  Participants will be able to call the number listed on the agenda from their phone to be connected to the meeting or to click on the link to be included on the agenda to participate via computer (a microphone and/or camera is required for your participation.) Participants are not required to create a Zoom account, but may choose to do so. 

If there are questions about these matters, DRB Senior Planner Jacobo Martinez (924-3910) or DRB Hearing Monitor Angela Gomez (924-3946) can be contacted.

The DRB will also meet remotely on April 15, 2020, and will hold subsequent remote meetings on our 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.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to help our City and try new things during this public health crisis. We appreciate your patience with this new 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 Development Review Board 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 variances 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), or the DPM.

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

The Development Review Board 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.


The Development Review Board (DRB) will be implementing a new application form on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The new application is strictly for DRB cases and can be found here as well as under Forms & Applications.  To avoid any delays in the application process, the new Development Review Board Application form must be used. The new application will be accepted at the front counter prior to April 17, 2019.

General Meeting Information

On October 16, 2019 at their regularly scheduled meeting, the DRB will review and discuss updates to their Rules of Procedure. A draft of the Rules of Procedures can be viewed here.

Development Review Board meetings, a portion of which are public hearings, are held each Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m. in the Plaza del Sol Hearing Room at 600 2nd NW.

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 Administrative Assistant at (505) 924-3946.

Scheduled Meetings

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