Green Waste Collection Continues Through Friday

The City’s Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) will pick up green waste through Friday, December 8. This service is offered to residential customers at no additional charge. Solid Waste customers should have their green waste at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on their regular trash collection day. All green waste must be placed five feet from trash and recycling containers as well as any large item scheduled for pick-up. Solid Waste residential customers must place their green waste such as leaves, grass, and brush in trash bags. Each trash bag should not weigh more than 40 pounds. Customers that have branches must cut them to four-foot lengths and bundle them securely. Green waste should not be placed in your recycle cart. For more information, visit:

Operation “Silent Night” Collecting Gifts for Shelter Pets

Celebrate the season of giving by helping the Animal Welfare Department increase the comfort of homeless animals in City shelters. The wish list for cats and dogs include small cat toys, treats, beds, brushes, wand toys, scratchers, blankets, towels, dog enrichment toys, collars, harnesses, pill pockets, and Kong’s toys. Please help them by fulfilling their wish list as they spend their holidays at Animal Welfare shelters while waiting to find forever homes. Donations will be accepted through December 31. Members of the public can drop off their donations at the Animal Welfare Department shelters and at participating small businesses throughout the city. 

Drop off locations:

  • Clarks Pet Emporium – 4914 Lomas NE, 87112 – 505-268-5977 
  • Clarks Pet Emporium – 11200 Menaul NE 87111 – 505-292-6288
  • Petco – 10700 Lomas NE, 87112 – 505-296-0978
  • Petco – 3601 Old Airport NW, 87114 – 505-898-2450
  • Boofy’s Best for Pets – 8201 Golf Course NW, 87120 – 505-890-0757
  • Boofy’s Best for Pets – 4610 Cutler NE, 87110 – 505-884-3855
  • Route 66 Veterinary – 3601 Central NE, 87108 – 505-266-7866
  • Great Harvest Bread – 11200 Montgomery NE – 505-293-8277
  • Eastside shelter: 8920 Lomas NE
  • Westside shelter: 11800 Sunset Gardens SW
  • Lucky Paws: 6600 Menaul NE

Find and order goodies for the animals through the Amazon Wish List for Albuquerque Shelter Animals at:

IDO 2023 Annual Update Reminder

IDO Annual Update 2023

Proposed Changes

Planning staff has submitted proposed changes to the City’s zoning code – the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO) – for the 2023 IDO Annual Update to the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) as the first step in the City’s review and decision process.

This year’s update includes Citywide text amendments that are provided in a spreadsheet of all proposed changes, supporting memos by City Council, and exhibits for changes that are longer or that involve multiple sections.

This year’s update includes 3 small area text amendments:

  • Design regulations for development next to the Rail Trail
  • Drive-throughs allowed in Volcano Heights Urban Center
  • Referral to Tribal Nations for development next to the Petroglyph National Monument and the Albuquerque Indian School Area

Learn More

Review and Comment
Deadline for Comments

  • Comments sent by Tuesday, December 5 at 9 am will be appended to the staff report.
  • Comments sent by Tuesday, December 12 at 9 am will be forwarded to the EPC for consideration at the hearing (“the 48-hour rule”).

Written Comments
Email written comments to addressed to EPC Chair Shaffer.

Environmental Planning Commission Review

EPC Study Session
EPC will learn about the proposed amendments at a study session in December.

  • Thursday, December 7
  • 8:45 am via Zoom
  • Meeting materials and Zoom info will be posted here when available.

EPC Hearing
EPC will hear the proposed amendments at a public hearing in December.

  • Thursday, December 14
  • 8:45 am via Zoom
  • Meeting materials and Zoom info will be posted here when available.


Winter Waterwise Tips From ABCWUA

With freezing temperatures making an appearance in Albuquerque, it’s time to start shutting down your irrigation systems. A proper shutdown will help to reduce the chance of issues during the winter and ensure the irrigation system is ready to start back up in the spring. And don’t forget, we should shut down our evaporative coolers. Failure to prepare your system for colder weather and snow can result in damage from the freezing temperatures. For details on how to shut down your irrigation system and more winter tips, please visit: 

City Leaders Session Focuses on Historic Preservation

The Planning Department is offering a City Leaders learning opportunity for community members interested in historic preservation. Participants will hear from the City’s historic preservation staff about how neighborhoods are protected and preserved, and how community members can help with these efforts in their neighborhoods. We’ll also take time to explore both traditional and new housing opportunities for Albuquerque residents, such as casitas (accessory dwelling units), which are now allowed in all residential areas, as well as new proposals for meeting housing and economic development needs in the City. The Session takes place Saturday, December 2, 10:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m., Special Collections Library, 432 Central Avenue NE. For more information, visit: