Feedback Requested on Zoning Diagnosis and Best Practices

The City of Albuquerque is requesting feedback on their current draft of the Integrated Development Ordinance Zoning Diagnosis, Best Practices, and Outline. They’d like comments by June 30. Here’s a link to it.

http://abc-zone.com/document/ido-zoning-diagnosis-best-practices-and-outline-public-draft

Here’s background information on it.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A comprehensive plan is a document that contains the vision for the future of the built and natural environment, and the policies to achieve the vision. The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan (“ABC Comp Plan”) is primarily a land-use plan, providing guidance about what patterns of growth are desired and why.

Most comp plans include a discussion of existing conditions and trends, an overarching vision for future growth, goals and policies grouped by topic, and implementation steps to set priorities for action.

Perhaps most importantly, the policies and action items in a comprehensive plan shape regulations related to growth and development (such as zoning), which help achieve the community’s vision for the future.

How does a Comprehensive Plan relate to the Zoning Code?

One purpose of a comprehensive plan is to inform the zoning code: the zoning code is the regulatory tool used to implement the goals and concepts from the comprehensive plan that apply to land use and development.

In other words, a comprehensive plan contains the vision, goals and policies for growth and development, and the zoning code contains the regulations to implement that vision.

A comprehensive plan is generally not used in day-to-day decision-making for projects that have established zoning, while the Zoning Code is.

What is an Integrated Development Ordinance, and why does the City want one?

An Integrated Development Ordinance, or IDO, is one book that includes all the land use and transportation regulations that relate to development in Albuquerque.

The Comp Plan sets the vision and policies to guide how development should look and feel. The IDO will set the rules (i.e. regulations) about what can develop and what requirements must be followed to help implement the Comp Plan vision.

This project is a huge opportunity to clarify what can be required (i.e. regulated) versus what can only be guidance (i.e. policy). It is also an exciting opportunity to remove conflicts, update ineffective rules and policies, and streamline the process for high-quality development that helps us achieve the vision.

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