Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the largest city and the largest economic in the State of New Mexico. Blessed by spectacular views of the Sandia mountains, the main campus of the University of New Mexico, Rail Runner connections to the state capital in Santa Fe, and an emerging bus rapid transit system along historic Central Avenue/Route 66, the city is poised to strengthen its status as one of the SunBelt’s success stories. Clarion Associates was selected to head a team of seven consultants, including Fregonese Associates, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Karpoff Associates, Leland Consulting Group, Kimley-Horn Associates, and Urban Interactive Studios to update the city’s Centers and Corridors Comprehensive Plan and to develop a new Integrated Development Ordinance
for the city. The two-year effort began in early 2015, and resulted in a much more nuanced menu of Center and Corridor types aligned with a new approach to Complete Streets implementation. The updated Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2016. In addition, this project consolidated, integrated, and streamlined the existing zoning ordinance and subdivision controls with land use regulations included in over 40 Sector Plans into an Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO) that makes those controls more internally consistent, predictable, administrable, and user-friendly. After an extensive public engagement process, the IDO and related citywide zoning remap was approved by the City Council in November 2017.