The Paradise Hills Special Zoning District Commission was created by the N.M. State Legislature in 1978 through the Zoning Board Act; the ordinance was ratified in August, 1982. The purpose of the Zoning Commission is to enforce the Ordinance of Paradise Hills which is designed to lessen congestion in the streets and public ways, provide adequate light and art, to prevent overcrowding of land, avoid undue concentration of population, conserve the value of buildings and lands, and to encourage the most appropriate use of land throughout Paradise Hills.
The Zoning Ordinance governs alterations, new construction, additions, erecting sheds, height restrictions, setback and home occupations permits, among other items. There are R-1, R-2, C-1 and C-N zones in Paradise Hills. Before any construction is initiated, a plot survey must be presented to the Commission for approval; any construction plans must subsequently be taken to the Bernalillo County Zoning, Building and Planning Department for a building permit.
The commission also responds to written complaints from neighbors. The most common type of complaints we receive are: recreational vehicles (trailers, boats, RVs) not parked in a rear or side yard, inoperative cars in a yard or driveway (they must be kept inside a building), a business being operated out of the home without a permit, excessive yard sales, the keeping of livestock animals (e.g. no chickens), and trash and excessive weeds in the yard. Violations of the Ordinance carry fines up to $300 and/or up to 90 days in jail.
The commission meets every second and fourth Monday of every month; meetings are open to the public and begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. The meetings are at the Paradise Hills Community Center, 5901 Paradise Blvd. (corner of Paradise and Park Lane).
Commissioners are volunteers who are elected and serve a two-year term. Candidates must come from the unincorporated area of Paradise Hills.
- Lawrence Romero, Chairman (505) 898-8757
- Shawn Davis, Vice Chairman: (505) 385-7350
- James Carmody, Secretary: (505) 269-0678
- Donald Crawford, Treasurer: (505) 897-6726
- Val W. Vaughn, Commissioner
Mailing address: Paradise Hills Special Zoning District, 5343 Ironwood Drive, Albuquerque, NM 871114