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Coors Corridor Plan

Planning Department Contact: Carol Toffaleti – 505-924-3345

Update to the 1984 Coors Corridor Plan

Planning Department Contact: Carol Toffaleti – 505-924-3345

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* webpage last updated 12/10/2014

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Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) Hearings

The EPC has held three hearings on the draft Plan and will continue hearing the Plan on Thursday, January 8, 2015  after 1:30 p.m., in the Planning Department Hearing Room, Plaza del Sol, 600 2nd Street NW, Basement Level. This is a regular EPC hearing.  The Coors Corridor Plan (project #1005238) will be heard after development proposals and other regular cases on the agenda.

Opportunities to Comment

Planning staff welcomes written comments on the draft Plan, including what was discussed at the recent Facilitated Meetings (see next section).  You may also speak at the January hearing.  
All written comments received by the Planning Department will be included in the public file, but please note these specific deadlines:

1.    Sunday, December 14, 2014 to be considered by staff in revisions to the draft Plan
2.    Thursday, December 18, 2014 to be addressed in the staff report for the EPC
3.    No later than 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 to be forwarded to the EPC  Commissioners before the hearing.  Later comments will be considered at subsequent City hearing(s), or you may present them orally at the EPC hearing on January 8, 2015.

Mail: City Planning, Attn. EPC Chair, 3rd Floor, P.O. Box 1293, Albuquerque, NM 87103
Fax: 505-924-3339, Attention: Carol Toffaleti and Dora Henry
Email: Carol Toffaleti and Dora Henry
OR Hand deliver: Dora Henry, EPC Monitor, Planning Department, 600 2nd Street NW, 3rd floor.

Outcome of Facilitated Meetings

At the October 2, 2014 hearing the Environmental Planning Commission instructed staff to continue discussing and responding to the issues that had been raised by stakeholders at previous EPC hearings on the plan update. Three facilitated meetings were held that corresponded to the geographic areas and topics of concern, with the participation of the relevant departments and agencies. Staff presentations, hand-outs and the facilitator’s reports from the meetings are available below:

Meeting 1 was held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the West Mesa Community Center.  It covered transportation and development design issues for the Corridor segment from Central Avenue to St. Josephs.
•    Handouts (Issues and Staff Responses)
•    Facilitator’s Report and Amendment

Meeting 2 was held on Wednesday November 19, 2014 at the Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center and covered transportation issues for the segment from Western Trail/Namaste to Paseo Del Norte.
•    Staff Presentation
•    Handouts (Issues and Staff Responses)
•    Facilitator’s Report and Amendment

Meeting 3 was held Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center and focused on the View Preservation Regulations and other development design issues in the View Preservation area of the Plan (east of Coors, between Namaste and Alameda).
•   Staff Presentation
•   Handouts, including potential revisions to the View Preservation regulations and Deviation (aka Exception) requirements
•  Facilitator’s Report and Amendment

Draft Plan

The most recent version of the draft Plan is the October 2014 EPC Red-Line. It should be read in conjunction with the August Comment Matrix, as many of the revisions reference comments that were received from the public and agencies and are summarized in the matrix.  These two documents are available below. 

A revised plan is being prepared for the January hearing and will be posted to this webpage upon completion.

Full October Red-Line

In Parts

The document is also available as a hard copy from the Planning Department, 600 Second Street NW, 3rd floor.  Please contact Carol Toffaleti - 505-924-3345 if you need help accessing the Plan or want to request a hard copy.

August Comment Matrix

Previous Presentations

EPC staff reports

The June 5, July 10, August 14, and October 2, 2014 staff reports and attachments (Project #1005238) are available on-line at: EPC staff reports.

Attachments to the reports include public and agency comments on the draft Plan. The August report also includes a comparison of the 1984 and 2014 plans.  Comments received after the printing of the October staff report and within 48-hours of the hearing are available here.

April 2014 EPC Draft Plan

Full document

In parts

Next Steps

After the City Council receives the EPC recommendation and record, the Plan is within the City Council’s purview. The Plan will first be heard by the Land Use, Planning, and Zoning Committee (LUPZ) and then by the full City Council. The City Council has final decision-making authority. The public is also encouraged to comment during the Council review process.

Plan Overview

The Coors Corridor Plan is a Rank 3 corridor plan that provides policies and project recommendations for Coors Blvd. and Coors Bypass and design regulations for adjacent development. The Plan area is an 11-mile long corridor that extends from Bridge Boulevard to Alameda Boulevard.

The new Plan proposes a multi-modal transportation strategy for the Corridor to boost the capacity of these regional arterial roadways without widening them significantly. The recommended street cross-sections for the 20-year horizon of the Plan accommodate three driving lanes, a dedicated bus lane, bike lane and sidewalk in each direction. The bus lanes would support a Bus Rapid Transit service on Coors, as proposed in the 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Three traffic congestion "hot spots" are addressed with elevated northbound lanes beyond Ouray, an interchange at Montaño and an eastbound flyover at Paseo del Norte. Other public projects aim to improve the appearance of the Corridor and connections for pedestrians and cyclists. The transportation element of the Plan is advisory to the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), which controls the Coors Blvd./Bypass rights-of-way.

The Plan also includes regulations for development adjacent to Coors Blvd./Bypass to maintain a high standard of design in this well-travelled corridor on the West Side, which parallels the Rio Grande valley. This Design Overlay Zone element of the Plan requires landscape setbacks and buffers, and controls walls and fences, signage, lighting, etc. Where Coors Blvd. veers to the northeast and offers stunning views of the Sandia Mountains, the Plan has maintained some restrictions on the maximum height and mass of structures. Note that the Plan does not establish or change zoning (land uses) nor affect property-owners’ current development entitlements.

The update is guided by current City policy in higher-ranked plans, such as Activity Centers and Corridors in the Comprehensive Plan and site design recommendations in the West Side Strategic Plan. It also reflects community input received on an earlier Working Draft that was presented at Open Houses in the fall of 2013 and has been discussed with a range of stakeholder groups.

Background

The process to update the Plan was led initially by the Planning Department. The Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) reviewed an earlier draft plan and recommended that a view analysis be conducted along the east side of Coors, which was completed in 2008. The Planning Department worked with a citizen advisory committee to revise design regulations. However this Design Overlay Zone portion of the Plan was put on hold in 2009 for DMD to undertake a transportation study of the corridor, which addresses future travel needs in light of worsening traffic congestion in the area. The study was conducted in 2010-2012 by engineering consultants in conjunction with NMDOT, MRCOG, Bernalillo County and other agencies, and with community input. Staff integrated the results of these planning efforts into one document that includes a transportation section, project recommendations and a Design Overlay Zone.

Pre-EPC Meetings

The Public was invited to attend Open Houses in October 2013 to learn about proposals in the new Plan, ask questions and provide feedback.

The hand-out and content of the display boards from the Open Houses are provided below. The boards present excerpts from the first working draft that highlight significant and new regulations in the Plan. Several maps and diagrams are separated out to make them easier to read on-line and/ or to print-out.

Small Maps & Diagrams

    Large Maps

    A full Working Draft was released to the public in January 2014:

    The Existing Plan:

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