Contact: Carol Toffaleti, Senior Planner – tel 505-924-3345 – fax 505-924-3339
In September 2010 Councilors Ken Sanchez and Isaac Benton, and the City of Albuquerque Planning Department launched an update of this sector development plan, originally adopted in 1987. The existing plan area is essentially a corridor and the adjacent properties along West Central Avenue that extend from the Rio Grande River to I-40, a stretch of almost 7 miles. The new plan area extends from around 106th Street (the county line) to Rio Grande Boulevard.
The new draft plan contains goals, policies, regulations and recommendations for land use and zoning, transportation, parks, trails, city services and infrastructure. Together they aim to fulfill West Central’s potential as a full-service, multi-modal destination for residents and visitors. The plan was developed with input from residents, business- and property-owners during the year and a half long planning process, and reflects current city policy, existing conditions and other projects affecting the corridor.
The West Route 66 planning team comprises Council and Planning Department staff and consultant Strata Design.
Bernalillo County has launched its own planning effort for the remainder of the corridor, extending to I-40. For more information, contact Enrico Gradi, Community Development, Manager, Bernalillo County, 505-314-0385.
Update - October 22, 2013
The West Route 66 Sector Development Plan (Council Bill R-12-122) will have its third hearing before the Land Use Planning & Zoning Committee (LUPZ) at their regular meeting on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5 p.m. in the Council Committee Room, 9th Floor, City Hall. Public comment will be taken at this hearing, and Civic Plaza parking will be validated.
At their October meeting, LUPZ supported the approach that Council and Planning staff presented for revising the zoning chapter of the Plan, based on a revision to one zone, the SU-2/W66 Major Activity Center (MAC) zone (see Green-Line below). LUPZ also requested that Staff revise the rest of the Plan by addressing other outstanding issues and refining the project recommendations (see Council Staff Presentation).
Staff welcomes additional feedback from stakeholders and looks forward to continuing to work with all interested parties to reach reasonable compromises that will allow the Council to support adoption of an updated plan to help development and redevelopment efforts in the West Route 66 corridor.
Below is information from the second LUPZ hearing on October 16, 2013:
- October 16, 2013 Council Staff Presentation
- October 16, 2013 Council Staff Write-up
- October 16, 2013 Minutes
This revised zone represents a proposed strategy to simplify other zones, regulations and standards in the Plan and address stakeholder concerns raised at LUPZ and EPC. Major changes proposed to the SU-2/W66 MAC zone include:
- Simplification: Uses are now listed by Comprehensive Zoning Code Category (e.g. Permissive and Conditional Uses of the R-3, O-1, C-1 and C-2 Zones).
- Drive-through and drive-up uses: Rather than prohibit these uses in certain locations in the MAC as is currently proposed in the Chapter 4 EPC Redline, this revised version simply requires direct pedestrian access from streets to buildings on a site.
- Building Forms: Rather than require construction to one of the Building Forms in the Comprehensive Zoning Codes’ Form-Based Zones, this revised version instead lists those forms as recommendations to guide development, but does not require their use.
- Residential Uses Along Central: Rather than prohibit residential uses within 200 feet of the Central Ave. right-of-way, this revised strategy recommends construction to “commercial ready” standards, while allowing residential uses.
- Block Sizes: Rather than limit blocks to 4 acres in size, this revised version sets block dimensions commensurate to the typical parcels in the area, which tend to be narrow at their Central Ave. frontage.
Below is information from the first LUPZ hearing on June 12, 2013. The link to the agenda includes the EPC Record:
***Note: Pages 687-743 of the EPC Record is the 11.1.2012 Red-Line Chapter 4 Zoning and Development Regulations.
For information about the WR66SDP, to meet with City staff or be added to the email notification list, contact: Carol Toffaleti, Planning Department, 505-924-3345.
To submit comments, and for information about the Council and LUPZ schedule and review process, contact: Crystal Ortega, Clerk of the Council.
Attachments to the November 1, 2012 staff report:
The two appeals regarding the project, (AC-12-14) and (AC-12-15), have been resolved. The Council accepted the City’s Land Use Hearing Officer (LUHO) recommendations and denied the appeals.
The public EPC file, including all public comments on the plan, can be viewed at the Planning Department.
Draft West Route 66 Sector Development Plan (2.23.12 EPC)
- WR66 Ch 1 Intro 2-23-12 [pdf, 2.85MB]
- WR66 Ch 2 Goals and Policies 2-23-12 [pdf, 1.52MB]
- WR66 Ch 3 Existing Conditions, Part A 2-23-12 [pdf, 7.54MB]
- WR66 Ch 3 Existing Conditions, Part B 2-23-12 [pdf, 4.66MB]
- WR66 Ch 4 Zoning and Regulations 2-23-12 [pdf, 9.58MB]
***Note: Chapter 4 was updated for the November 1, 2012 EPC..
- WR66 Ch 5 Recommendations, Part A 2-23-12 [pdf, 10.3MB]
- WR66 Ch 5 Recommendations, Part B 2-23-12 [pdf, 1.12MB]
- WR66 Ch 6 Projects 2-23-12 [pdf, 820KB]
- WR66 Appendices 2-23-12 [pdf, 559KB]
- WR66 Table of Contents 2-23-12 [pdf, 440KB]
- WR66 Existing Zone Maps 2-23-12 [pdf, 2.33MB]
- WR66 Proposed Zone Maps 2-23-12 [pdf, 2.34MB]
- WR66 Activity Centers 2-23-12 [pdf, 0.98KB]
Hard copies are available from the Planning Department, third floor, Plaza del Sol, 600 Second Street NW. Contact Madeline Carruthers, EPC Board Secretary at 505-924-3889.
In addition to the new West Route 66 SDP, the EPC application (Project #1009157) includes related requests to adjust the boundaries of the Tower Unser, Old Town and Huning Castle - Raynolds Addition Sector Development Plans (see below) and certain activity center designations in the West Side Strategic Plan (see WR66 Activity Centers above)
- Old Town SDP [pdf, 116KB]
Community Planning Process
The West Route 66 project team presented a Working Draft of the new plan at a Community meeting on October 25, 2011 attended by property-owners, residents and other stakeholders in the future of West Central Ave.
The community Liaison Committee met over summer 2011 to give feedback to the project team for modifying and developing zoning, and making recommendations on transportation and other elements in the new plan. The committee included neighborhood representatives, business- and property-owners. MRCOG Transportation Planning staff and the Director of ABQ Ride also gave presentations on traffic forecasts and a potential Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the West Central corridor. See hand-outs and notes below.
- [pdf, 77.5KB]
- Notes from August 17, 2011 meeting [pdf, 79.8]
Hand-outs from August 17, 2011 meeting:
- Form-Based Codes fact sheet [pdf, 258KB]
- “Regional Growth and Traffic Patterns in the West Central Ave Corridor” (MRCOG)About PDF Files [pdf, 3.18MB]
- Notes from September 29, 2011 meeting (incl. ABQ Ride) [pdf, 140KB]
Materials from September 29, 2011 meeting:
A Community meeting to present Options for Implementation took place on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Below are the strategies that the city project team proposed for the corridor at the meeting and a summary of the discussion:
- Strategies for Land Use, Zoning and Catalytic Projects [pdf, 885KB]
- Notes of the March 29, 2011 Meeting [pdf, 80.3KB]
A Community meeting to present the Outcomes of the three Visioning Workshops took place on February 15, 2011:
- Proposed Plan Area
- Retail Market Analysis : Summary (poster & hand-out)
- East River Addendum (Site Map and Letter)
- UNM Planning Studio Project(poster)
- Community Feedback from Visioning Sessions:
- Visioning Process and General Issues ()
- Visual Analysis of Development Types (images and survey results)
- Land Use & Urban Design (poster & hand-out)
- Other Issues: General, Transportation and Transit (poster)
- Transportation and Transit (hand-out)
- Potential Goals and Objectives for West Central (meeting notes)
Materials from December 7, 2010 East Extension Listening & Visioning Meeting:
- Letter from City Council About PDF Files [pdf, 216KB]
- Agenda for December 7, 2010 meeting About PDF Files [pdf, 73.1KB]
- FAQs about Sector Development Plans[pdf, 121KB]
- Summary of Planning Process To-Date [pdf, 101KB]
- Analysis: Strengths, Opportunities, Weaknesses, Challenges (Survey) [pdf, 64.6KB]
- Economic Health Survey Form [pdf, 64.9]
Notes from October 26, 2010 Listening Meeting [pdf, 101KB]
Notes from October 5, 2010 Listening Meeting [pdf 77KB]
Handouts from September 7, 2010 Community Kick-Off Meeting:
- Agenda [pdf, 65.8 KB]
- Plan boundary [pdf, 202 KB]
- Planning Process [pdf, 82.9 KB]
- Community Survey Form [pdf, 128 KB]