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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.


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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