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The most recent revision of the Downtown Neighborhood Area Sector Plan Update is available online:

www.cabq.gov/planning/long-range/DowntownSDPUpdate.html

Please note that the latest revision of the Downtown Neighborhood Area Sector Plan contains changes in content worth noting.  While some changes are limited to changes in terminology/conventions (e.g., HOZ replaced by HO Zones), other changes concern particulars dealing with setbacks, parking, fenestration, and open space usage.  Below, find a guide to the most recent draft.

Red/blue line items appear as bold underline in this text.

Comments appear as bold italics in this text.

Please find a comparison of the City Comprehensive Zoning Code and the 1976 Sector Plan (Zoning Guidelines.xls)  accompanying this document.

 

 SDP – Document guide

pp.34-end

Beginning on page 34 and continuing throughout the body of the document, HO ZONE             (Historical Overlay Zones) replaces HOZ in text.

p.62

Objective 5.3:  Identify and vacate only those alleys that are discontinuous and do not serve a   purpose for the property owners.

p.74

The City shall expand upon the excellent examples of the friendly and attractive streetscapes in place within the Plan area.  The City shall improve public streetscapes and     promote beautification efforts by planting street trees along streets in the Downtown Neighborhood Area.

p.78     under the heading of Implementation Policy #11: Coordinated Transportation Planning; Strategies

Important considerations include traffic operations; transit, bicycle, and pedestrian mobility; and pedestrian safety through the intersection.

p.79     under the heading of Implementation Policy #11: Coordinated Transportation Planning;    Strategies

Comment:  The proposal to create a turn lane on the corner of Lomas and 12th has been  removed from the SDP.  Meanwhile, the following has been added:

The 12th Street/Lomas Boulevard intersection is the only signalized crossing of Lomas  Boulevard within the neighborhood.  The intersection experiences many of the pedestrian   crossings because of the traffic signal, and reducing the crossing distance would also reduce the required crossing time for pedestrians.  Curb extensions in each quadrant would reduce  the Lomas Boulevard crossing distance for pedestrians by up to 16 feet, reducing the  required green phase for 12th Street.  This provides more flexibility for traffic signal timing, while also improving pedestrian safety.   In addition to the curb extensions, stamped,  patterned crosswalks are desired to more clearly delinieat the pedestrian crossing.

Note: See accompanying illustrations, p.81-3. 

 p.86     Under the heading of Implementation Policy #16: Alleys

1.  Conduct an Inventory of Alleys:  Maintaining and utilizing alleys for utility corridors, rear   yard access, and walking paths have a direct correlation to the existing neighborhood streetscape character that the neighborhood wishes to maintain…  Understanding the usefulness of alleys and determining their condition should be a first step in establishing alleys as an integral component of the neighborhood transportation system.

Once the problem areas are identified, the City should work with the adjacent landowners and   Downtown Neighborhood Association to improve the condition of the alleys and to ensure they  are not neglected.

p. 87    Under the heading of Implementation Policy #17; Functional Classifications

           1.b.  Reclassify 12th Street, Between Lomas Boulevard and Mountain Road: The Segment of    12th Street between Lomas Boulevard and Mountain Road should be downgraded from a minor arterial to a collector roadway…  The segment of 12th Street south of Lomas Boulevard  is classified as a local street and contains three speed humps, which the neighborhood wants  to maintain.

Comment: The changes are a clarification of the location and its character, not a change in policy content.

p.92     Under the heading Zoning Regulations – SINGLE FAMILY ZONE – SU2/SF

 C. Conditional Uses

Conditional uses shall comply with §14-16-4-2 Special Exemptions in the Comprehensive City Zoning Code.  The sentence that follows, “The following uses are the only conditional uses  allowed in the SU-2/SF zone:” has been removed.

            1.  Existing non-conforming uses are to be treated as approved conditional uses.

2.  Carports and walls, except they shall be consistent with B.1 and \B.2 above.

Comment:  Existing carports and walls are “grandfathered” into the new SDP but must comply with sections B.1 and B.2 which limit walls, fences and retaining walls to a height of   3 feet in the front yard setback and prohibit carports within the front yard setback.

p.93     Under the heading Zoning Regulations – SINGLE FAMILY ZONE – SU2/SF

D. Setbacks

           2.  The minimum rear yard setback for attached or detached garages off an alley is 5 feet.

        3.  Secondary dwelling units shall be located to the rear of the primary dwelling unit.  There shall            be a minimum of 10 feet of separation between the primary dwelling unit and the secondary   dwelling unit.  In addition to the building separation requirement, the following minimum    setbacks from the property line shall apply:

a.  Side: 5 feet

b.  Rear: 0 feet except where applicable shall comply with D.2 above.

            c.  On corner lots, the street side setback shall be a minimum of 10 feet.

p.93     Under the heading Zoning Regulations – SINGLE FAMILY ZONE – SU2/SF

E. Building Height and Stepbacks

1.  Building heights shall comply with §14-16-2-6 (C) R-1 Zone in the Comprehensive City Zoning Code, with the following EXCEPTIONS:

       a.  Buildings over 15 feet in height, and second story additions to existing buildings, shall  incorporate a minimum horizontal stepback of 6 feet from the front facade.  When there is an existing porch, the stepback is measured starting  at the porch.

 Comment:  The setback requirements outlined above can be compared to the Comprehensive   Zoning Code and the 1976 Sector Development Plan (see the comparison sheet).

p.94     Under the heading Zoning Regulations – SINGLE FAMILY ZONE – SU2/SF

I.  Off-Street   Parking Standards

        1.  Parking standards shall be per the §14-16-3-1 Off-Street Parking Regulations in the Comprehensive City Zoning Code, with the following EXCEPTIONS:

        b. The parking standards in the Zoning Code cited above shall be the maximum allowed.

       c.  Buildings constructed before October 22, 1965 need supply such parking only to the extent on-premise ground space is available, including occasions where there is a change in use.  If there is a building addition, and the addition is equal to or less than 400 square feet, then no additional parking is required.  If the addition is greater than 400 square feet,  parking shall be provided for the additional square footage only.

p.97-9  Under the heading of TOWNHOUSE ZONE – SU-2/TH

Comments:  Requirements for SU-2/TH are similar to the requirements for SU-2/SF with the following stipulations and/or exceptions:

      A.  Permissive Uses

1.  Permissive uses are per the R-T zone, EXCEPT secondary dwelling units are permitted as    defined in this document.  Single-family houses shall be as regulated in the SU-2/SF Zone.

         C.  Conditional Uses

Conditional Uses shall comply with §14-16-4-2 Special Exceptions in the Comprehensive City Zoning Code.

       2.  Carports and walls shall be as regulated by the SU-2/SF Zone.

I.  Garages

4.  A garage door facing a street shall not exceed a width of 9 feet.  [Changed from 10 feet.]

J.  Off-Street Parking Standards

1.a.  The maximum [changed from “minimum”] number of  off-street parking spaces allowed   is + 2 spaces per dwelling.

Comment:  Please note the change from “minimum” to “maximum” in the above.

L.  Usable Open Space

1.  The usable open space requirement is 360 [down from 500] square feet per dwelling unit,

            except where there is no alley access for garages – the usable open space requirement is 500

            square feet per dwelling unit.

Comment:  Please note the change in open space requirement from 500ft to 360ft and the conditions cited above.

p.102   Under the heading MIXED RESIDENTIAL ZONE – SU-2/MR

         F. Windows and Doors

         1.  Apartments – All ground floor building façades that face a public street shall contain a           minimum of 30 [down from 50] percent of its surface in windows and/or doors, with the window         sill no higher than 30 inches above the finish floor.  Garage doors shall not be counted toward meeting this requirement. 

Comment: The same applies to townhouses.

      2.  Darkly tinted windows and/or mirrored or opaque glass are prohibited at the ground floor.

      J.  Off-Street Parking Standards

1.a.  Townhouse:  1 space per unit minimum, 2 spaces per unit maximum.

1.b.  Apartment: 1 space per unit minimum, 2 spaces per unit maximum.

       K.  Usable Open Space

      1.  The usable open space requirement is 150 square feet per efficiency or one bedroom or 200 square feet per two bedroom or more.

            p.104   Under the heading OFFICE RESIDENTIAL ZONE – SU-2/0R

       A. Permissive Uses

2.c. Office [The text, “Professional Office, except bail bond office is a conditional use” is  edited out.]

       C.  Conditional Use

      2.  All restrictions applying to bail bond offices is omitted.

Comment:  Please see restrictions placed on bail bond offices on p.126 and in APPENDIX D. 

p.115   Under the heading  MIXED USE LIGHT ZONE – SU-2/MUL

A.  Permissive Uses

2.d.  Retail sales of food and drink for consumption on or off-premises subject to the following restrictions:

            1) There shall be no drive-up service windows.

            2) Alcoholic drink may be sold.only under a restaurant license…

            3)  Outdoor restaurant seating is allowed along the Mountain Road and Sixth Street frontage only.