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ADOPTED PLANNING & LAND USE PUBLICATIONS
ANDERSON FARM SECTOR PLAN
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UPPER PETROGLYPHS SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Click here to see the Upper Petroglyph Sector Development Plan.
SUNPORT COMMERCE CENTER DESIGN OVERLAY
Click here to view the Sunport Commerce Center Design Overlay.
VALLE DEL SOL SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Click here to view the Valle del Sol Sector Development Plan
PAJARITO MESA LAND USE AND ACCESS STUDY
Click here to see the Pajarito Mesa Land Use and Access Study.
EAST ROUTE 66 SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN
In June 2018 the Bernalillo County Board of County Commissioners adopted the East Route 66 Sector Development Plan. This plan created a new, optional property zoning to allow specific commercial uses along Route 66 that provide services for East Mountain residents and for tourists driving along the historic Mother Road.
In August of 2020, the Commission voted to amend the plan. This amendment – the product of a year of research, public outreach, and interdepartmental collaboration – extends the boundary west to the limits of the Village of Tijeras, encompassing the properties along approximately 7 miles of East Route 66. This amendment established four corridor segments – Zuzax, Scenic Vista, Sedillo Hill, and Mountain Valley – with unique characteristics. Properties within all but the Scenic Vista segment are eligible to adopt the Sector-Plan-specific zoning.
ALBUQUERQUE/BERNALILLO COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN (2013)
Click here to see the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan (2013)
SANTOLINA MASTER PLAN
PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST SAFETY ACTION PLAN - Facility Plans
For the last several years the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) has recommended communities prepare and adopt Pedestrian and Safety Action Plans. This is in response to the continuing number of pedestrian crashes both nationally and here in New Mexico, which has one of the highest pedestrian fatality rates.
Pedestrian and bicyclist facilities are an integral part of the Bernalillo County transportation system. They include sidewalks in the more urban areas, soft-pavement trails in the rural areas, bike lanes along major roads, and bike trails and equestrian trails off the road network. When planning for pedestrian and bicyclist facilities, the primary goal is to ensure safety for all travelers along county roadways, especially children on routes to school and access for disabled persons to transit stops.
Other goals include:
- Provide a choice in transportation to work, school, and shopping for all ages and abilities,
- Promote healthy lifestyles and recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities by encouraging residents to exercise daily,
- Reduce energy use and improvement air quality.
This study will identify the pedestrian and bicyclist issues in the County and help to prioritize those projects.
To submit a comment or suggestion via email, please contact Richard Meadows, Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELECTRIC FACILITY PLAN (2010-2000) - Facility Plans
Click here to view the Bernalillo County Electric Facility Plan
PARADISE HILLS SPECIAL ZONING DISTRICT - Other Jurisdictions
THE PARADISE HILLS SPECIAL ZONING DISTRICT (PHSZD) WAS CREATED BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE IN 1978 THROUGH THE ZONING BOARD ACT AND RATIFIED IN AUGUST, 1982 AND AUTHORIZES THE PARADISE HILLS ZONING COMMISSION TO REVIEW AND ENFORCE ALL ZONING MATTERS WITHIN THEIR JURISDICTION. BERNALILLO COUNTY DOES NOT ENFORCE OR REVIEW ZONING REGULATIONS FOR AREAS WITHIN THE PARADISE HILLS ZONING DISTRICT. IN AN EFFORT TO ASSIST COUNTY RESIDENTS, THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT ATTEMPTS TO PROVIDE THE MOST RECENT CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE PARADISE HILLS ZONING COMMISSION, HOWEVER, SINCE THE (PHSZD) NOT AN EXTENSION OF BERNALILLO COUNTY, CONTACT INFORMATION MAY NOT BE COMPLETELY UP TO DATE.
The 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 PHSZDC for approval; any construction plans must subsequently be taken to the Bernalillo County Planning and Development Services for a building permit.
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 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 Boulevard (corner of Paradise and Park Lane).
Please click here for a Paradise Hills Zoning District boundary map.
MEETING DATES AND LOCATION
The commission meets every second and fourth TUESDAY of every month or as needed for special public meetings. Meetings are open to the public and begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are at the Paradise Hills Community Center Annex, 6001 Paradise Boulevard NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114.
Mailing Address: Paradise Hills Special Zoning District, PO Box 66791, Albuquerque, NM 87193
Current Commission: (updated as of August 2019)
Commissioners are volunteers who are elected and serve a four-year term. Candidates must come from the unincorporated area of Paradise Hills.
- Elizabeth Kay Haley, Chairman
- Deanna Dopslaf, Vice
- Peter K. Reser, Commissioner
- Val W. Vaughn, Commissioner
- VACANT, Commissioner
Mailing Address: Paradise Hills Special Zoning District, PO Box 66791, Albuquerque, NM 87103.
The regulations and restrictions of Paradise Hills Special Zoning District Comprehensive Ordinance are designed to lessen congestion in the streets and public ways; to secure safety from fire, panic, and other dangers; to promote health and morals; to provide adequate light and air; to prevent overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population; to facilitate the adequate provisions for transportation, water, sewage, schools, parks, and other public requirements; to conserve the value of buildings and lands; and to encourage the most appropriate use of land throughout the Paradise Hills Special Zoning District areas of Bernalillo County.
TIJERAS CANYON/CARNUEL PLAN - Other Jurisdictions
BRIDGE BOULEVARD DESIGN OVERLAY PLAN - Overlay Zones
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ALAMEDA BOULEVARD DESIGN OVERLAY ZONE - Overlay Zones
Development pressures along the Alameda Corridor have increased with the completion of the Alameda Boulevard road widening and improvements, the opening of the Cottonwood Mall, the continuing commercial/industrial development of the North Interstate 25 corridor and the Journal Center, and development of the Balloon Fiesta Park. Development pressures will continue along the Alameda Boulevard corridor; and it is the intent of the DOZ regulations/guidelines that new development be consistent with the overall goals for the area as identified in public meetings and relevant policy documents. A Sector Plan, often in place prior to a DOZ, is not available for the county area. (Note: Land use and zoning issues are not within the scope of this study.)
Click on the image below for a link to the Design Overlay Zone document.
BRIDGE BOULEVARD CORRIDOR REDEVELOPMENT PLAN - Sector Development Plans
The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners adopted the Bridge Boulevard Corridor Redevelopment Plan on Aug. 27, 2013, completing a two-year planning process to engage the South Valley community regarding the future of this vital community roadway and its businesses. The environmental review is currently being conducted by HDR, and contacts are being negotiated for design of the first phase of the project. Public input meetings will be conducted through the environmental review and design processes.
More project information is also available at www.BridgeBoulevard.com
Several methods were used for community outreach in preparing the corridor plan, including:
- Thirteen Steering Committee meetings held with the project team, agencies, neighborhood and business leaders
- Five focus groups held with youth and Spanish-speaking business owners
- Residential surveys/business interviews identified issues
- Design Charrette and Report
- Four community meetings held at different locations along the corridor
- Neighborhood presentations were made to several neighborhood groups
- Three County Planning Commission/Board of County Commissioners public hearings
A number of studies were conducted to provide baseline information used in the corridor plan. Links to appendices with studies are provided.
Historic/ Cultural Analysis Report
The history of the South Valley, its people and local economy, El Camino Real and Route 66 are described as well historic properties and national designation of historic acequias.
Market Study/ Feasibility Analysis
This study looked at the existing business climate of the South Valley and the corridor and where retail gaps and leakage occurs. It also identifies methods to help finance redevelopment and create public/private partnerships such as a MainStreet program, metropolitan redevelopment area, tax increment financing, and new markets/ housing tax credits.
This study looked at existing and future traffic, pedestrian/bicyclist, and transit conditions, where crashes occur, and countermeasures to reduce crashes as part of a safety audit. Additionally, intersection designs were modeled and transit alternatives were analyzed.
This study looked at existing land use and zoning along the corridor to identify any impediments to local businesses and to redevelopment. It compared county and city zoning and opportunities for mixed use/transit-oriented development along the corridor.
Environmental Conditions Report
Baseline environmental conditions are reported including locations of hazardous materials, natural resources; environmental justice concerns are identified.
CORRIDOR PLAN RECOMMENDATIONS
The primary corridor plan recommendations include:
- Main Street roadway alternative
- Three redevelopment sites
- Supportive zoning strategies
- Financing Strategies for plan implementation
MAIN STREET ALTERNATIVE
Three roadway alternatives were considered for the roadway between Coors Boulevard on the west and the river on the east. A preferred alternative was recommended at the design charrette (workshop) then selected after additional community input and includes the following elements:
- Stay within the existing right-of-way (possible exceptions may be at major intersections)
- Provide landscaped medians the entire length of the corridor
- Provide wider sidewalks, especially in commercial areas, pedestrian lighting, and HAWK midblock crossing signals to make the corridor safer for pedestrians
- Improve transit frequency with 20 minute headways and enhanced transit stops that include shelters and route information
- Improve traffic flow, reduce speeds, and minimize conflict points for vehicular safety through the use of:
- Access management including proper intersection/driveway spacing and medians for safety and better traffic flow
- Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) such as synchronized/adaptive signals, messaging regarding crashes and alternative routes
- Intersection design (round-about and/or additional turn lanes where signalized)
Redevelopment Site Concepts
Three redevelopment sites were identified through at the design charrette (workshop) and subsequently refined.
- Gateway Village Center encourages a mix of uses that invite visitors to the South Valley, such as restaurants and a growers market.
- Five Points Village Center encourage a mix of uses that serve the daily needs of neighborhoods such as a grocery store, small shops, entertainment, and restaurants, as well as senior housing.
- Tower District encourages retail, office, and warehouse uses that will increase South Valley and West Side employment.
Three mixed use (residential and commercial) zones were created to support new transit/ pedestrian development along the corridor:
- Bridge Boulevard Corridor (SD-BBC) – similar to C-1 zoning with administrative “opt-in”
- Bridge Boulevard Village Center (SD-BBVC) at Five Points – similar to C-1 zoning (The Gateway Village Center falls under the Isleta Sector Plan and the Goff Village Center has city zoning)
- Bridge Boulevard Tower Employment (SD-BBTED) – similar to C-LI zoning with administrative “opt-in”
In terms of residential density on the corridor, Village Centers will require a minimum of 12 dwelling units (DU) per acre with a maximum of 25 DU/A. A maximum of 12 DU/A are allowed elsewhere along the corridor. Forbuilding height, 3 stories are allowed in the Five Points Village Center and Tower Employment District; 2 stories elsewhere along the corridor. Building setbacks are parking is encouraged on the side or rear of buildings to create a pedestrian environment. Parking requirements are more flexible along a transit corridor and allows sharing between adjacent uses. The plan encourages small retail with a maximum of 75,000 square feet. Adesign overlay adopted in 2010 for a portion of the corridor was extended its entire length and provides standards for: building types, walls/fences, lighting, parking, signage, and landscaping.
Some of the strategies recommended in the corridor plan are already under way; others have yet to be started
- FY 2016-19 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) – $24 million in local/federal funding has been earmarked for the roadway reconstruction project
- New Mexico MainStreet Program (NMMP) has been established
- Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency (MRA) has been established
- Local Redevelopment Act (LEDA)
- Tax Increment Development Districts (TIDD)
- Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)
- New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC)
- HUD 221(d4) Loan Guarantee (221d4)
NORTH HIGHWAY 14 SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN - Sector Development Plans
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LOS DURANES SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN - Sector Development Plans
Click here to view the Los Duranes Sector Development Plan
PASEO DEL NORTE/NORTH ALBUQUERQUE ACRES SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN - Sector Development Plans
The Paseo del Norte/North Albuquerque Acres Sector Development Plan encompasses 3,651 acres in the North Albuquerque Acres community, which lies just outside the northeast limits of the City of Albuquerque in the unincorporated portion of Bernalillo County, New Mexico. The intent of the Sector Development Plan (drafted in 2001) was to establish new zoning for twelve sites along Paseo del Norte and Eubank Boulevards, protect the existing rural character and A-1 zoning for the rest of the area, and set open space priorities throughout the study area.
This 2005 update makes changes to the area’s boundaries as a result of land annexed by the City of Albuquerque. The annexations reduced the total acreage of the study area from 3,804 acres to 3,651 acres. In addition, four of the initial twelve Sector Development Zone Sites (E, Y, Z-1 and Z-2) fell within the annexed area and have been removed from the county’s jurisdiction and the conditions of this plan.
Please click on the image below to view the entire sector plan.
ISLETA BOULEVARD AND VILLAGE CENTERS SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN - Sector Development Plans
Click here for the Isleta Boulevard and Village Centers Sector Development Plan
BERNALILLO COUNTY/INTERNATIONAL SUNPORT STATION AREA SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN - Sector Development Plans
Click here for the Bernalillo County/International Sunport Station Area Sector Development Plan
EAST MOUNTAIN AREA PLAN 2006 - Area Plans
WEST CENTRAL SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN
West Central DaytimeThe West Central Avenue Sector Development Plan (WCSDP) covers the unincorporated portion of parcels adjoining Central Avenue, from 102nd Street to Atrisco Vista. The county undertook this Sector Development Plan to provide a framework for future growth and create a gateway to the metropolitan region. Many of the parcels adjoining Central Avenue are five acres or more in size, with proportions that are not suited for most types of development. The area has little existing infrastructure; most of it is outside of the service area for the Water Utility Authority.
This plan was shaped by early input from landowners, neighbors, and business owners in the area. The project team held three meetings to discuss the project and solicit input on land use and transportation issues.
THE MAJOR THEMES THAT EMERGED INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING:
- Require basic design standards, including landscaping and screening, to create an attractive corridor.
- Plan for extension of infrastructure to serve the area.
- Take advantage of the views and enhance the area as a gateway to the metropolitan region.
- Incorporate Route 66 theming/signage in coordination with the City and the overall theming of Central Avenue.
The project team also coordinated the planning effort with other public agencies, including the City of Albuquerque, AMAFCA, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, and Public Service Company of New Mexico. Access to parcels along Central Avenue is a major concern. The NMDOT has jurisdiction over this section of Central Avenue and, according to its access policy, restricts access points along Central to a quarter mile or more. The WCSDP proposes a frontage road can provide better access to parcels on the eastern half of the study area (102nd to 118th St.). The WCSDP also proposes a secondary access road on either side of Central Avenue that divides existing parcels into more developable tracts.
Current zoning along the corridor is a mix of commercial and agricultural zones. The WCSDP includes a new West Central Commercial/Light Industrial zoning that will allow a range of uses appropriate for the area, including highway-related commercial uses, light industrial, contractor yards, and other nonresidential uses. Residential uses are conditional and will require public notification and a county review process. The new zoning is accompanied by site design standards required for all new development. These design standards cover site elements such as landscaping, lighting, parking, screening of storage and signage.
West Central Night timeThe WCSDP includes a range of streetscape changes for Central Avenue. It includes a bike/pedestrian trail on the north side of the roadway and signage that evokes historic Route 66. This signage will be done in coordination with the City’s parallel effort on its portion of Central Avenue. As a gateway to the metropolitan region, the western end of the study area has good potential for gateway features, including a visitor center with visibility and access from Interstate 40.
The WCSDP also includes an Elective Zone for properties west of Atrisco Vista. The area covered includes properties that abut the frontage road on the south side of Interstate 40 and the parcels adjacent to the Interstate 40 right of way on the north side. Most of this land is undeveloped and zoned A-1, agricultural. The intent of this Elective Zone is to provide these properties with the opportunity to “opt-in” on a property by property basis to the WC-CLI –West Central Commercial Light Industrial zone. The opt-in zoning will not impact the current zoning in the area.
NORTH VALLEY AREA PLAN - Area Plans
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Bernalillo County and Illegal Dumping Partnership members came together on Tuesday, April 27 to address an on-going dumping area at the corner of Rio Bravo and Coors Blvd., which has also become a homeless campsite. There were over 20 volunteers that came together to...
BERNALILLO COUNTY AND THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE TO SPEAK ABOUT NEXT STEPS FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING PARTNERSHIP
Bernalillo County Commission Vice Chair Steven Michael Quezada, Mayor Tim Keller, and Albuquerque City Councilor Klarissa Peña will be speaking about the Illegal Dumping Partnership and plans for educating the public about the serious problem of illegal dumping to...
The Illegal Dumping Partnership (IDP) is a multi-agency task force that was founded in late 2019 to help combat illegal dumping throughout Bernalillo County. Its mission is to minimize illegal dumping by tracking pollution and benchmarking progress, engaging and...