February 22nd 2016 - Written by: kdavis

City of Albuquerque ABC-Z BBER Study

The City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County are updating the comprehensive plan through a process that has been called ABC-Z. The update is designed to be implemented through a new set of integrated zoning and subdivision regulations. Key goals of the project are to improve opportunities for economic development, provide protection for the city’s established neighborhoods, to streamline the city’s development review and approval procedures, and to respond to water and traffic issues. The City of Albuquerque has set up an informational website with all of the details of the project which can be found online at abc-zone.com

The City of Albuquerque is making efforts to get the community involved in the planning process by hosting community meetings and working with a consultant on the plan. The city will also gain a better understanding of the effects of the existing regulations on development in Albuquerque by commissioning a study done by UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

The City of Albuquerque has contracted with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) to research the effects of the existing development regulation in Albuquerque. The study is focused on the impacts of the complexity of Albuquerque’s zoning and its relationship to the development review and approval process. BBER is focusing its analysis on commercial developments that have been submitted to the Development Review Board, the Environmental Planning Commission, or that have submitted a building permit application.

By assembling and analyzing data obtained from the City, detailing commercial development activity from 2008 to 2015, the study will identify examples of development regulation that are overly complex and will quantify that effect in terms of the development timeline and project approval rate. In addition to quantitative analysis, BBER is conducting interviews with many of the City’s developers to gain further insights into the process of development in Albuquerque.

BBER’s study will conclude in April with a full report and copy of the database delivered to the City of Albuquerque.


The Bureau of Business & Economic Research employs a diverse staff with a wide range of specializations and interests. The views and opinions expressed on this blog belong to the individual authors alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BBER or UNM.

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