COUNCIL BILL NO. F/S R-13-132

By on September 6, 2013

CITY of ALBUQUERQUE
TWENTIETH COUNCIL
COUNCIL BILL NO.
F/S R-13-132
ENACTMENT NO. R-2013-068
SPONSORED BY: Dan Lewis, by request
RESOLUTION
F/S FOR AN AREA OF APPROXIMATELY 569.1 ACRES, BOUNDED GENERALLY BY PASEO DEL NORTE AND EXISTING DEVELOPMENT TO THE NORTH, UNIVERSE BLVD. TO THE WEST, VOLCANO CLIFFS AND PASEO DEL NORTE TO THE SOUTH AND THE PETROGLYPH NATIONAL MONUMENT TO THE EAST; ADOPTING THE VOLCANO HEIGHTS SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN AS A RANK THREE PLAN AND CHANGING ZONING FROM R-D, SU-1 FOR PRD AND SU-1 FOR C-1 USES TO SU-2/VHTC (VOLCANO HEIGHTS TOWN CENTER), SU-2/VHRC (VOLCANO HEIGHTS REGIONAL CENTER), SU-2/VHVC (VOLCANO HEIGHTS VILLAGE CENTER), SU-2/VHMX (VOLCANO HEIGHTS MIXED USE), SU-2VHNT (VOLCANO HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD TRANSITION) AND SU-2/VHET (VOLCANO HEIGHTS ESCARPMENT TRANSITION).
For An Area Of Approximately 569.1 Acres, Bounded Generally By Paseo Del Norte And Existing Development To The North, Universe Blvd. To The West, Volcano Cliffs And Paseo Del Norte To The South And The Petroglyph National Monument To The East; Adopting The Volcano Heights Sector Development Plan As A Rank Three Plan And Changing Zoning From R-D, Su-1 For Prd And Su-1 For C-1 Uses To Su-2/Vhtc (Volcano Heights Town Center), Su-2/Vhrc (Volcano Heights Regional Center), Su-2/Vhvc (Volcano Heights Village Center), Su-2/Vhmx (Volcano Heights Mixed Use), Su-2vhnt (Volcano Heights Neighborhood Transition) And Su-2/Vhet (Volcano Heights Escarpment Transition)
WHEREAS, the City Council, the governing body of the City of Albuquerque, has the authority to adopt and amend plans for the physical development of areas within the planning and platting jurisdiction of the City authorized by Statute, Section 3-19-1 et. Seq., NMSA 1978, and by its home rule powers; and
WHEREAS, Volcano Heights’ location at the intersection of two regional transportation corridors represents a unique opportunity to address the imbalance of jobs and housing on the City’s West Side by enabling the development of a mixed-use, urban, walkable and transit-friendly environment that attracts employers and destination retail and provides higher-density residential living options; and
WHEREAS, the Rank Two West Side Strategic Plan’s 2011 Volcano Mesa Amendment recommended the designation of a new Major Activity Center at this location; and
WHEREAS, this plan’s vision for a Major Activity Center would also benefit the regional traffic network served by Paseo del Norte and Unser Blvd. by bringing goods, services and employment opportunities closer to existing predominately residential areas, reducing the number and length of trips on already-congested roads, and helping to alleviate the need for commutes east across the Rio Grande to existing job centers; and
WHEREAS, existing zoning would only allow low-density development, similar to what is already found in abundance on the West Side; and
WHEREAS, the Volcano Heights Sector Development Plan (VHSDP), attached hereto, provides a flexible, balanced approach to address the challenge of multiple property owners and undeveloped land with tailored land-use and transportation regulations that emphasize coordination across property lines, along corridors, and over time; and
WHEREAS, the VHSDP represents years of coordination and compromise between property owners, neighbors and other stakeholders regarding predictability of development, compatibility with the natural environment, and preservation of key features such as rock outcroppings, sensitive lands and views; and
WHEREAS, the Plan’s approach seeks a balance between regulation and incentive to accomplish its vision and goals for high-quality development; and
WHEREAS, approval of the Volcano Heights Sector Development Plan (VHSDP) is consistent with the applicable goals and policies of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan, the West Side Strategic Plan, the Facility Plan for Major Public Open Space, the Facility Plan: Electric System Generation and Transmission, the Northwest Mesa Escarpment Plan, the Comprehensive Zoning Code, and R-270-1980.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE:
HCS Pub. September 6, 2013

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