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:

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:

City Announces New Contractor and Location for Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center Starting December 1

Beginning on Friday, December 1, the City’s new contractor to oversee the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center will be Safety Kleen, and the new location will be at 2720 Girard NE. The hours of operation will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. To learn more, contact the Solid Waste Management Department at 505-768-2000 or visit:

IDO 2023 Annual Update Submittal

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 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


Review and Comment

Deadline for Comments

  • Send comments by Monday, November 27 at 9 a.m. for full consideration in the staff report.
  • Additional comments sent by Tuesday, December 5 at 9 am will be appended to the staff report.
  • Additional comments sent by Tuesday, December 12 at 9 am will be forwarded to the EPC for consideration at the hearing (“the 48-hour rule”).

Comment Online
You can review and comment on proposed changes on the project webpage.

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


Pre-EPC Public Review
Planning staff will host an open house to answer questions about proposed amendments.

  • Friday, November 17th, 2023
  • 12:00pm – 1:30 pm
  • Zoom
    • Meeting ID: 913 7126 2282
    • Passcode: CABQ
    • (669) 444-9171 

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

  • Thursday, December 7th
  • 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 14th
  • 8:45 am via Zoom
  • Meeting materials and Zoom info will be posted here when available.


IDO Update Public Meetings Coming Up This Week

Interested in citywide IDO Zoning Updates? Attend a public meeting to review and discuss the proposed citywide changes with Planning staff.

  • Thursday, October 12, 5:30 – 7 pm via Zoom
  • Friday, October 13, Noon – 1:30 pm via Zoom
    • Zoom Meeting Link:  Meeting ID: 913 7126 2282 / Passcode: CABQ
  • To attend by phone: (669) 444-9171

Want to stay up-to-date? Follow the 2023 IDO Annual Update throughout the City’s review and decision process on the project webpage at: