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Environmental Planning Commission

Membership

The EPC is an appointed, nine-member, volunteer citizen board.

View membership on this board.

Function

The Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) reviews and decides requests primarily for the following:

  • Zoning map amendments to the City's Official Zoning Map
  • Master Development Plans associated with the Non-residential Business Park (NR-BP) zone district
  • Site plans for the following zone districts:
    • Planned Development (PD)
    • Planned Communities (PC)
    • Mixed-use Form-based (MX-FB)
    • Non-residential Parks & Open Space (NR-PO)
    • Non-residential Sensitive Use (NR-SU)

The EPC, in its advisory role to the City Council, reviews and provides recommendations on all of the following:

  • annexation requests.
  • zoning map amendment requests that require Council approval.
  • text amendments to the Integrated Development Ordinance.
  • amendments to the Rank I Comprehensive Plan.
  • amendments or adoption of Rank 2 Facility Plans.

General Meeting Information

EPC hearings take place the 3rd Thursday of each month. Hearings generally begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude when adjourned by the EPC Chair. The EPC periodically conducts special hearings on the first Thursday of the month, and occasionally schedules meetings at other times. All hearings and meetings are announced in the Albuquerque Journal.

For the foreseeable future, the Planning Department will continue Zoom hearings. This website will be updated when hybrid (in-person and Zoom) hearings will be available.

NOTICE: Applicants should contact the Development Review Services Division intake staff at [email protected] to get the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) Zoom meeting information (links and phone numbers) that must be included in all notices (e.g. email, mail, and sign posting).

Parking

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

Applicant Notices

Case Materials Distribution

The EPC receives case materials the Thursday before the scheduled hearing in electronic format. At the same time, the staff reports and supplemental materials are posted on the website for the public.

The EPC will only consider limited, clarifying written material, if it is submitted at least 48 hours prior to the hearing. The EPC will not accept, nor will staff forward on to the EPC, any material after that deadline. This does not preclude public comment/presentations to be provided at the hearing.

Study Sessions

EPC rules allow the Chair discretion to call a special study session, open to the public for a particular case. This session is typically scheduled for the Thursday preceding the scheduled hearing.

EPC will hold a study session on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom. The public is welcome to attend, but no public comments will be taken. 

Revised Requirement

The applicant is required to pay for the cost of mailing first class or certified mail notices required by the Integrated Development Ordinance in Table 6-1-1.

In order to comply with this requirement, the applicant must mail the certified letters prior to submitting an application. The application must include all of the following:

  • the certified mail receipts.
  • a copy of the buffer map.
  • a list of property owners mailed.

Environmental Planning Commission Submission Change

Please note that the Environmental Planning Commission is now only requiring 15 copies when submitting Site Development Plans for Subdivision and/or Building Permit.

Learn more about the forms required for the Environmental Planning Commission.

Coming Soon

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. Check back for more details.

Resources

Staff Contact

For questions or more information, contact the Current Planning Principal Planner at (505) 924-3935.

Scheduled Meetings

 

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