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Environmental Planning Commission

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). For the foreseeable future, The Planning Department will continue Zoom hearings in 2021. This website will be updated to inform participants as to when the hybrid (in-person and Zoom) will be available.

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 for zone map amendments to the City's Official Zoning Map. It also reviews and decides on Master Development Plans associated with the Non-residential Business Park (NR-BP) zone district and 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 Environmental Planning Commission, in its advisory role to the City Council, reviews and provides recommendations on annexation requests, zone map amendment requests that require Council approval, text amendments to the Zoning Code, amendments to the Rank I Comprehensive Plan, and amendments or adoption of Rank 2 Facility Plans.

General Meeting Information

For the foreseeable future, The Planning Department will continue Zoom hearings in 2021. This website will be updated to inform participants as to when the hybrid (in-person and Zoom) will be available.

Hearings generally begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude when adjourned by the Environmental Planning Commission Chair. The Environmental Planning Commission 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.

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

For the foreseeable future, The Planning Department will continue Zoom hearings in 2021. This website will be updated to inform participants as to when the hybrid (in-person and Zoom) will be available.

Case Materials Distribution

The Environmental Planning Commission 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 Environmental Planning Commission will only consider limited, clarifying written material, if it is submitted at least 48 hours prior to the hearing. The Environmental Planning Commission will not accept, nor will staff forward on to the Environmental Planning Commission, 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.

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 submittal of the 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 Section Manager at (505) 924-3337.

Scheduled Meetings

 

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