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June 2015

ABC-Z Update

“ABC to Z” is an ambitious project to update theAlbuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan (“ABC Comp Plan”) and overhaul the City’s zoning and development framework.  Bernalillo County is participating only in the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Comp Plan Update


May Community Workshops

In May, over 150 people attended one of two community workshops and a focus group for design professionals to update the ABC Comp Plan.  Led by Fregonese Associates, the workshops included a presentation of demographic and transportation trends, an instant poll (mirroring the online survey available here:, and a small-group visioning exercise.

Tables of 6-10 people placed stickers on a base map representing all the expected growth to 2040 (127,000 jobs and 132,000 housing units) in different development patterns.  Participants could also indicate areas they did not want to see change or develop, and they drew in additional roads, bike lanes, or other infrastructure they thought was needed.  Each table presented a map to the whole audience at the end of the workshop.

Comp Plan Workshop: May 21

Many thanks to the Los Griegos Health & Social Services Center and to Hiland Theater for hosting these workshops, and big kudos to all who participated, including folks from these neighborhood associations:


  • Albuquerque Meadows
  • Alvarado Gardens
  • Los Duranes
  • Quigley Park
  • Inez
  • Classic Uptown
  • Nob Hill
  • North Eastern Association of Residents (NEAR)
  • Sandia High School Area
  • Santa Barbara/Martineztown
  • Highland


Next Steps – June Community Workshops

Fregonese Associates is compiling all the maps and will present initial results at the next series of workshops Tuesday, June 23 through Thursday, June 25.  The next four workshops will focus in more detail on the types of development you want to see and where.  (See event details and RSVP here:

IMPORTANT NOTE:  While each workshop will focus on one quadrant of the City/County, the project team will be prepared to accommodate discussion on any quadrant at any workshop.  If you cannot attend “your” quadrant, please pick a workshop that works with your schedule! 

Maps from all six workshops will be used to create potential scenarios for how future growth should happen in the County/City, which will guide updates to goals, policies, and implementation priorities in the ABC Comp Plan.


Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO)

Zoning Diagnosis

On June 11, Clarion Associates led two meetings to walk people through the Zoning Diagnosis for the City of Albuquerque, a document that identifies problems with the City’s current regulatory framework, discusses best practices, and recommends improvements for the IDO.  The document is available for review and comments on the project webpage: We need stakeholders to give feedback, recommend any changes they would like to see, and alert the consultant to important issues to consider moving forward.

Next Steps

The next step in the IDO process is to propose base zoning districts that would replace the current zoning categories and basic standards for buildings and site development.  Watch for public meetings about this in early fall 2015.

Learn More

For more information and to sign up for updates, please visit the project webpage: or visit us on Facebook at

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available here: 

Even more questions?  Contact Mikaela Renz-Whitmore, City of Albuquerque Project Planner, by email mrenz@cabq.govor by calling 505-924-3932, or Catherine VerEecke, Bernalillo County Project Planner, by e-mail at cvereecke@bernco.govor at 505-314-0387.


Remaining meeting dates are as follows:


3. SE:   Tues., June 23, 5:30-7:30 pm 
Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center
501 Elizabeth St. SE 87123
4. NW:   Wed., June 24, 11:30 am-1:30 pm
 Patrick J. Baca Library at Central & Unser 
8081 Central Avenue NW 87121
5. SW:   Wed., June 24, 5:30-7:30 pm  
Alamosa Community Center
6900 Gonzales Rd. SW 87121
6. NE:  Thurs., June 25, 5:30-7:30 pm
Holiday Park Community Center
11710 Comanche Rd. NE 87111