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Environmental Planning Commission


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

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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 EPC 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). 

Applicants are encouraged to submit EPC applications at least one week prior to the deadline to allow adequate time to achieve completeness, in case items are missing. Pursuant to IDO 14-16-6-4(G)(2), incomplete applications shall be rejected. Please note: applications deemed incomplete will not be scheduled for the public hearing until they are complete. Applications should be submitted to [email protected] and [email protected].

Public Comment

All written materials - including petitions, legal analysis, and other documents - should ordinarily be submitted at least 10 days prior to the public hearing to the Staff Planner assigned to each case and [email protected], ensuring presentation at the EPC hearing.


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.

Mailed Notice 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 letters prior to submitting an application. The application must include all of the following:

  • the certified mail receipts or photos of envelopes with addresses.
  • the buffer map of property owners within 100 feet.
  • a list of property owners mailed.

Coming Soon

The Planning Department's Online Services System is expanding. 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.


Staff Contact

For questions or more information, email [email protected] or call the Current Planning team lead at 505-924-3935.

Scheduled Meetings


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