ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Suzanne Lubar says the complaints started right after she joined the city’s Planning Department a few years ago.
No one — developers and neighborhood leaders alike — had much good to say about the stack of land-use policies and plans intended to govern growth in Albuquerque.
“Nobody has a true sense of what’s allowed and what’s not allowed,” Lubar, now the city’s planning director, said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s not very predictable. … I had developers calling and saying, ‘I will never do a development in your city again.'”
A broad, bipartisan effort getting started this week aims to change that. One goal is to update the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan, a high-level planning document for the area. The city and county governments are working together on that project.