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Volume II - Design Criteria
   The publication of the Development Process Manual (DPM) is in response to a mutual need by both the private and public sectors to coordinate and clarify the complexities of the development process of the City of Albuquerque.  The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan and other adopted plans are the foundation of the development process guiding the procedures described in Volume 1 and the design criteria and standards presented in Volume 2.  More detailed regulations are contained in theComprehensive City Zoning Code, the Subdivision Ordinance and other ordinances related to specific issues of development.  In addition, building construction is regulated by City-adopted uniform building and technical codes.
   The DPM effort began in February, 1981 with the establishment of a special team of City staff and Albuquerque Urban Advisory Council members.  The team was instructed to produce a design criteria manual.  The "procedures" effort was not a part of this original task.  However, initial discussions with the development community and City staff revealed a need to include procedures as a part of the total effort.  Therefore, the DPM is designed to be a multi-volume manual to address, in this current effort, both design criteria and procedures.
   The DPM is intended for use by City staff, property owners, developers and their agents, especially planners, architects and engineers.  The general purpose is to carry out the goals and policies of the Comprehensive Planby encouraging high quality, innovative design; variety in choice of neighborhoods and lifestyles; preservation of natural features and resources; and ensuring the health, safety and welfare of the community.
   Generally, the thrust of the DPM is to highlight those development activities which occur most frequently.  There is no way to adequately address all development proposals or all aspects within all proposals.  Unique situations will continue to be handled on a case-by-case basis.
   Specifically, the DPM is to be used as a reference delineating the development process from initial land use proposals, through infrastructure construction, to completion of a proposed development.  Use of the DPM assumes compliance with all legal requirements and the exercise of sound professional judgement by design professionals.  The procedures and design criteria presented in the two DPM volumes also emphasize the professional obligations and responsibilities of City staff and the development community.
   The DPM material was prepared jointly by both the private sector and City staff members.  It is expected that this cooperative effort will continue in the use and refinement of the DPM.  For City staff to provide definitive responses to development proposals, the proposals must be complete, technically sound, in accordance with legal requirements, and submitted within the time frames indicated in the DPM.  Continuing cooperation will result in timely and uniform consideration of development proposals, as well as continuous improvements in the DPM content and process. Final decisions on proposed changes will be approved in much the same manner as the overall development of the DPM.
   The content of the DPM is intended to remain static to reflect the dynamics of the development process; attitudinal changes of the community; and technological advances. Users of the DPM are encouraged to note errors, omissions, and conflicts in the content and suggest modifications on topics to be included in future revisions.
   Future DPM revisions will include text of important elements of the process which were not contemplated for completion as part of the initial task, but were identified during the preparation process. Space has been allocated for those elements identified during this effort. Other elements not yet identified can be subsequently added. Any additions, corrections or clarifications which require immediate action will be issued as addendum or errata sheets to purchasers of the DPM who automatically will be added to the publication list.
   The first edition of the manual has been revised  approximately one year, from the City Council review, to reflect suggestions from the City staff and the development community.  Over the years problems have been identified, and further analysis will continue to occur.
   Additional DPM tasks will be to prepare material for follow-up publication which addresses financial responsibility, and compliance with ordinances and other regulations relevant to the development process.
   Volume I, PROCEDURES, describes the basic procedures of the development process with an attempt to integrate specific procedures with other related requirements (e.g., subdivision procedures with recordable documents criteria). As a result of the DPM effort, the development process has been significantly changed through the establishment of a Development Review Board (DRB). The DRB assumes previous responsibilities of the Subdivision Review Board and is delegated other review and approval authority. The DRB is composed of selected representatives of the five key agencies in the development process: Planning, Utility Development, Design and Development, CIP, Engineering/AMAFCA, and Transportation Development. The Board meets on a regular basis with applicants to review and approve development proposals. This mechanism eliminates the time-consuming process of one-on-one discussions. Additionally, this mechanism promotes better coordinated and more informed decisions in a more efficient manner. Volume l also contains the City's procedures related to the preparation, review and approval of sector development plans.
   Volume 2, DESIGN CRITERIA, outlines minimum design standards and criteria and presents examples of acceptable methodology for the design of infrastructure improvements required in developments. It is not intended as a design textbook; rather it establishes appropriate standards and criteria to provide acceptable levels of safety, durability,  operational  utility, economy and reliability.  The drainage criteria, prepared in coordination with the Drainage Ordinance, was developed as a part of this effort.  This chapter concerning drainage represents the first formal, published drainage criteria by the City of Albuquerque and will be promulgated in the Drainage Ordinance.
   The user is encouraged to submit suggestions, corrections and proposed modifications in writing, at any time. User comments should be directed to:
         City Planning Department
         City Public Works Department
         City of Albuquerque
         P.O. Box 1293
         Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103