Update to the 1984 Coors Corridor Plan
Planning Department Contact: Carol Toffaleti, Senior Planner – 505-924-3345
Department of Municipal Development Contact: Richard Costales - 505-768-2774
* webpage last updated 11/27/13 *
The Coors Corridor Plan is a Rank 3 sector development plan that provides policies and project recommendations for the Coors Blvd./Bypass right-of-way and design regulations for adjacent development. The Plan area is a 10-mile corridor that extends from Central Ave. to Alameda Blvd. The current project team, made up of Planning and DMD Staff and transportation consultants, has been drafting an update to the 1984 plan to address current conditions and future travel needs in this key arterial on the City’s West Side. The main goals guiding the update are: preserving the transportation function of Coors Blvd./Bypass; supporting transit as a viable alternative for many trips within the corridor; protecting the area’s natural setting and scenic views; and making the policies and regulations clear and enforceable. The draft plan does not change or establish land uses. Also note that Coors Blvd. and Coors Bypass are state highways controlled by NMDOT. The anticipated timeline for submittal to the Environmental Planning Commission is early 2014, which is the first step in the official review and approval process for a ranked City plan.
The Public was invited to attend Open Houses in October to learn about proposals in the working draft of the new Plan, ask questions and provide feedback.
The hand-out and content of the display boards from the Open Houses are provided below. The boards present excerpts from the working draft that highlight significant and new regulations in the Plan. Several maps and diagrams are separated out to make them easier to read on-line and/ or to print-out.
- Hand-Out/General Information
- Display Boards
- Small Maps & Diagrams
- Regulatory Sub-Areas
- Traffic Congestion and Transportation Projects
- Typical ROW Sections
- Transportation Recommendations by Segment
- View Preservation Diagrams
The project team will consider the public input received in October and November to refine the draft for submittal to the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) in early 2014. Interested parties will also have many further opportunities to discuss the new Coors Corridor Plan with City Staff and comment on the Plan during the EPC and subsequent Council public review process before a final version is adopted.
The process to update the Plan has been underway since 2005, led initially by the Planning Department. The Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) reviewed an earlier draft plan and recommended that a view analysis be conducted along the east side of Coors, which was completed in 2008. The Planning Department worked with a citizen advisory committee to revise design regulations, in particular view preservation regulations for building height and mass. This Design Overlay Zone portion of the Plan was put on hold in 2009 for DMD to undertake a transportation study of the corridor, which addresses future travel needs in light of worsening traffic congestion in the area. The study was conducted in consultation with NMDOT, MRCOG, Bernalillo County and other agencies, and with community input. Staff has since been integrating the results of these planning efforts into one document that includes a transportation section, project recommendations and a Design Overlay Zone.
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