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Planning & Development Services

The Planning Section is responsible for a wide range of short and long-term development functions, including administration of land use ordinances (i.e. subdivision, zoning and impact fees), and drafting plans, studies and ordinances.

The Planning Department processes all current land use cases (zone changes/Special Use Permits, master plans, plan amendments, sector plans) for the County.


111 Union Square SE, Suite 100
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Phone: (505) 314-0350
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Email: planning@bernco.gov

Sunport Commerce Center Design Overlay Zone (DOZ) Plan

The Bernalillo County Planning and Development Services Department is initiating a planning process to develop a Design Overlay Zone for the area located west of I-25, east of 2nd Street, north of Rio Bravo Boulevard, and generally south of Woodward (refer to map on the right). This area is being called the "Sunport Commerce Center" due to its potential for industry to develop at this location and its proximity to the Albuquerque International Sunport. This effort will result in a document with standards to be considered for approval by the Bernalillo County Commission through its public hearing process.

The purpose of the design standards is to elevate the requirements for building and site design of properties within this area. This area is zoned for light and heavy industrial uses (M-1 and M-2 zones) and the county would like to mitigate the potentially negative impacts of these allowed uses by proposing a set of design standards that would help to create an aesthetically pleasing and attractive “industrial park” setting.

For more information about this proposed plan and/or to provide your input, please contact Elvira Lopez, Planning & Development Services Program Planner at 505-314-0384 or at ellopez@bernco.gov.

Project Documents

Bernalillo County Planning and Development Services seeks the public’s input regarding the proposed design Standards. Please submit comments and input to Elvira Lopez, Planning and Development Services Program Planner at ellopez@bernco.gov or mail comments to:

Planning and Development Service
Attention: Elvira Lopez
111 Union Square SE, 3rd Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Community Meeting Feb. 7, 2019, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Planning and Development Services Department is hosting a community meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Mountain View Community Center, 201 Prosperity SE. This is an opportunity to learn about the latest draft and to provide input. See the flier below for more details.

Sunport Commerce Center Design Overlay Zone Public Meeting Presentation
Feb. 7, 2019, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Mountain View Community Center
View a PDF of the presentation here.

Plan Submittal to County Planning Commission (CPC): Feb. 25, 2019

The Planning and Development Services Department is delaying application submittal of the proposed plan from Jan. 28, 2019, to the Feb. 25, 2019, deadline in order to allow time for a community-wide meeting and to allow additional time for input. Please submit your input to the DRAFT standards by Feb.14, 2019, to Elvira Lopez at ellopez@bernco.gov or 111 Union Square St. SE, Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

February 25, 2019 Bernalillo County Staff Submittal to County Planning Commission (CPC)

CPC Hearing is Scheduled Wednesday April 3, 2019


Upcoming Bernalillo County Commission (BCC) Hearing May 14, 2019

The County Planning Commission Unanimously Recommended Approval of the Sunport Commerce Center DOZ at the April 3, 2019, hearing. This project is scheduled to be heard by the Bernalillo County Commission Zoning hearing on:

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 3:00 P.M.
Vincent E. Griego Chambers, Concourse Level II
City/County Building, One Civic Plaza, NW

Below is the April 8 copy of the Sunport Commerce Center DOZ, the most current version, reflecting modifications requested by the CPC at the April 3 Hearing.

April 8, 2019 Sunport Commerce Center DOZ

For questions, please contact the Program Planner, Elvira Lopez at 505-314-0384 or email at ellopez@bernco.gov.

*Note: The complimentary Public Works Sunport Commerce Center Transportation Plan will be heard by the BCC on May 14, 2019, starting at 5 pm at the same location as the Zoning Meeting mentioned above.

Updated 5/6/19


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