In North Albuquerque Acres, AMAFCA and Bernalillo County (and the City of Albuquerque in some locations), are the responsible entities for development review and stormwater management. Platted in the 1920-1930’s and sold as individual lots, the North Albuquerque Acres subdivision sought to preserve the rural nature of the foothills, and the arroyos were left largely in their natural state. To protect homeowners from the identified risk of flooding from these natural arroyos, AMAFCA and Bernalillo County beginning in the early 1990’s required individual property owners to submit Grading and Drainage Plans (G&Ds) for approval on proposed development. In some cases where an arroyo or flowpath was identified, AMAFCA and Bernalillo County required a grant a Drainage Easement to AMAFCA or Bernalillo County to preserve the conveyance of stormwater through each lot.

As development has increased in the area, a growing number of drainage issues have been identified by the agencies. These issues include unpermitted encroachments (perimeter walls/fences, driveway culverts, increased impervious areas) into existing drainage easements and sale of homes to owners who may not be aware of existing easements or drainage requirements. Because of the growing concern by the agencies of these issues and of potential changes in flood risk in the area, AMAFCA and Bernalillo County have begun conducting survey and hydraulic analyses of the arroyos in North Albuquerque Acres. This includes identification of violations of approved G&Ds and encroachments and assessments in the potential change in flood risk.

Below is a timeline for work conducted by AMAFCA regarding North Albuquerque Acres (NAA) since 2017. The timeline is separated into four categories of work, and individual entries in the timeline are abbreviated with a corresponding key and description below the timeline.

AMAFCA Board of Directors Action/Informational Presentation on NAA Other Relevant Presentations/Policies North Domingo Baca Tributary Work La Cueva Arroyo Work
2017 Sept AB1
Oct AB2
Nov AB3
Dec
2018 Jan AB4
Feb AB5
Mar
Apr AB6
May AB7
Jun AB8
Jul
Aug
Sept AB9 LCA1
Oct AB10 LCA2
Nov
Dec
2019 Jan AB11
Feb AB12 LCA3
Mar NDB1
Apr AB13 RP1 NDB2, NDB3
May AB14 NDB4, NDB5
Jun NDB6
Jul
Aug
Sept AB15 RP2
Oct NDB7, NDB8
Nov NDB9, NDB10, NDB11, NDB12
Dec AB16 NDB13, NDB14
2020 Jan AB17 RP3 NDB15, NDB16, NDB17, NDB18, NDB19
Feb AB18 RP4
Mar AB19
Apr AB20
May RP5
Jun
Jul RP6
Aug NDB20, NDB21
Sept NDB22
Oct AB21
Nov AB22 NDB23, NDB24
Dec AB23 NDB25
2021 Jan AB24
Feb AB25 RP7 NDB26
Mar RP8
Apr
May AB26 NDB27
Jun AB27 NDB28
Jul RP9
Aug NDB29 LCA4
Sept LCA5
Oct
Nov
Dec

AMAFCA Board of Directors Action/Informational Presentation on North Albuquerque Acres

AB1     Board Presentation re: NAA Development. Discussion included new property owners with no easement knowledge, increased pressure on floodplain lots, and redevelopment of existing lots

AB2     Board Presentation re: NAA Easement/Quitclaim (QC). Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and staff response to Board inquiries about potential drainage concerns in area

AB3     Board Presentation re: NAA QC. Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and staff response to Board inquiries about potential drainage concerns in area

AB4     Board Presentation re: NAA Easements. Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and staff response to Board inquiries about potential drainage concerns in area

AB5     Board Presentation re: NAA Easements. Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and staff response to Board inquiries about potential drainage concerns in area

AB6     Board Presentation re: NAA Easement/QC. Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and staff response to Board inquiries about potential drainage concerns in area

AB7     Board Presentation re: NAA Easement. Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and staff response to Board inquiries about potential drainage concerns in area

AB8     Board Presentation re: NAA Easements. Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and staff response to Board inquiries about potential drainage concerns in area

AB9     Board Presentation re: NAA Easements. Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and staff response to Board inquiries about potential drainage concerns in area

AB10   Board Presentation re: NAA Easement. Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and staff response to Board inquiries about potential drainage concerns in area

AB11   Board Presentation re: NAA Easement/QC. Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and modifications to existing AMAFCA easements due to development

AB12   Board Presentation re: NAA Easements/QCs. Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and modifications to existing AMAFCA easements due to development

AB13   Board Presentation re: NAA Easement. Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and FEMA FP Mapping and staff response to Board inquiries about potential drainage concerns in area

AB14   Board Presentation re: NAA Easement/QC. Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and modifications to existing AMAFCA easements due to development

AB15   Board Presentation re: NAA Development. Discussion included increased pressure on floodplain lots, lack of AMAFCA enforcement ability, and increasing number of redevelopment of existing lots

AB16   Follow up Board Presentation re: NAA Development. Discussion included increased pressure on floodplain lots, lack of AMAFCA enforcement ability, increasing number of redevelopment of existing lots, and need to identify AMAFCA easements

AB17   Board Presentation re: NAA Easement. Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and FEMA floodplain Mapping; Follow up Board Presentation re: NAA Development. Discussion included increased pressure on floodplain lots, lack of AMAFCA enforcement ability, increasing number of redevelopment of existing lots, and need to identify AMAFCA easements and flowpaths of AMAFCA drainage

AB18   Board Presentation re: NAA Easement. Discussion included requirements for AMAFCA easement and FEMA floodplain Mapping; Follow up Board Presentation re: NAA Development. Discussion included increased pressure on floodplain lots, lack of AMAFCA enforcement ability, increasing number of redevelopment of existing lots, and identification of AMAFCA easements and flowpaths of AMAFCA drainage

AB19   Board Presentation re: NAA Easements

AB20   Board Presentation re: NAA Easements

AB21   AMAFCA staff updates the AMAFCA Board of Directors of the concerns regarding a potential change in flood risk in the NDB area; AMAFCA Board of Directors directs staff to pursue an agreement with Bernalillo County for the area

AB22   Board Presentation re: Bernalillo County Cost Share

AB23   AMAFCA staff updates the AMAFCA Board of Directors of the concerns regarding a potential change in flood risk in the NDB area; AMAFCA Board of Directors approve agreement with Bernalillo County for the area

AB24   Board Presentation re: NAA Easement

AB25   AMAFCA staff updates the AMAFCA Board of Directors of the concerns regarding a potential change in flood risk in the area and ongoing survey & hydraulic analysis

AB26   AMAFCA staff updates the AMAFCA Board of Directors of the concerns regarding a potential change in flood risk in the area and ongoing survey & hydraulic analysis

AB27   Board Presentation re: NAA Easements/QC. Discussion included specific example of encroachment into AMAFCA easement and flowpath that required remedy

Other Relevant Presentations/Policies

RP1      Association of State Floodplain Management/New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association Arid Regions Conference – Presentation by AMAFCA Staff

RP2      American Public Works Association New Mexico Chapter Fall Conference – Presentation by AMAFCA Staff

RP3      AMAFCA Staff presentation to Board re: update to existing AMAFCA Drainage Policy to bring up to current standard of practice

RP4      AMAFCA Staff follow-up presentation to Board re: update to existing AMAFCA Drainage Policy to bring up to current standard of practice

RP5      AMAFCA Staff follow-up presentation to Board re: draft of new AMAFCA Drainage Policy to bring up to current standard of practice

RP6      Drainage Policy is put out for public comment; AMAFCA Board approves new Drainage Policy by Resolution 2020-11

RP7       AMAFCA Staff presentation to Board re: proposal for Agency & Area-wide Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Floodplain Removal Partnership

RP8      AMAFCA Staff follow-up presentation to Board re: draft Agency & Area-wide FEMA Floodplain Removal Partnership

RP9      AMAFCA Staff follow-up presentation to Board re: draft Agency & Area-wide FEMA Floodplain Removal Partnership

North Domingo Baca (NDB) Tributary Work

NDB1  AMAFCA received paper copy of G&D off of Signal Ave. for review

NDB2  AMAFCA sent comments on G&D off of Signal Ave. via email

NDB3  AMAFCA received paper copy of additional hydraulic analysis for proposed G&D off of Signal Ave.

NDB4  AMAFCA sent comments on G&D off of Signal Ave. & additional hydraulic analysis via email

NDB5  AMAFCA sent Bernalillo County signed Approval Sheet for G&D off of Signal Ave. & additional hydraulic analysis via email

NDB6  AMAFCA notified by Owner’s Agent of second look at site

NDB7  AMAFCA received paper copy of G&D off of Signal Ave. with modification for review

NDB8  AMAFCA notified Bernalillo County that AMAFCA would not approve the G&D off of Signal Ave. with modification via email

NDB9  AMAFCA sent comments on G&D off of Signal Ave. with modification to Owner’s Engineer via email

NDB10 AMAFCA sent comments on G&D off of Signal Ave. with modification to Owner’s Engineer via email

NDB11 AMAFCA and Bernalillo County had an in-person meeting with Owner’s Engineer to discuss G&D off of Signal Ave. with modification

NDB12 AMAFCA issued notification to Owner’s Engineer & Agent that AMAFCA would not approve the G&D off of Signal Ave. with modification via email

NDB13 AMAFCA notified Bernalillo County that AMAFCA had not received the Grant of Drainage Easement documentation for the approved G&D & additional hydraulic analysis (no modification), and Bernalillo County shall not release the Certificate of Occupancy

NDB14 AMAFCA and Bernalillo County had an in-person meeting with Owner’s Engineer & Agent to discuss Grant of Drainage Easement and temporary Certificate of Occupancy; AMAFCA delivered digital Grant of Easement documents to Owner’s Engineer for owner signature via email; AMAFCA received signed and notarized documents and required fee for Grant of Drainage Easement documents and notified Bernalillo County that the owner had met the requirements for release of temporary Certificate of Occupancy

NDB15 AMAFCA received paper copy of G&D off of Signal Ave. with modification for review Owner’s Engineer

NDB16 AMAFCA Board of Directors Accepts the Grant of Easement

NDB17 Grant of Easement document is recorded with the Bernalillo County Clerk.

NDB18 AMAFCA staff conducts site inspection off of Signal Ave.

NDB19 AMAFCA notifies Bernalillo County via letter and via email of potential violations

NDB20 AMAFCA notifies the property owners between Signal and Wilshire via letter that an AMAFCA contracted surveyor will be conducting a field and topographic survey of the subject area

NDB21 AMAFCA issues Notice to Proceed to Surveyor

NDB22 AMAFCA receives the topographic information from the surveyor for Signal Ave.; AMAFCA issues Notice to Proceed to Hydraulic Engineer for Signal Ave.

NDB23 AMAFCA notifies property owners in the North Domingo Baca Tributary Arroyo Watersheds that an AMAFCA contracted surveyor will be conducting a field and topographic survey

NDB24 AMAFCA issues Notice to Proceed to Surveyor for additional survey information in the North Domingo Baca Tributary Arroyo Watersheds

NDB25 AMAFCA begins notifying property owners off of Signal Ave. via letter that encroachments into the AMAFCA Drainage Easement have been identified and that the encroachments must be removed and arroyo restored to the approved G&D or permitted

NDB26 AMAFCA receives the topographic information from the surveyor for the North Domingo Baca Tributary Arroyo Watersheds; AMAFCA provides final topo to Hydraulic Engineer; AMAFCA issues NTP to hydraulic engineers for hydraulic analysis

NDB27 AMAFCA begins notifying property owners in the North Domingo Baca Tributary Arroyo Watersheds via letter that encroachments into the AMAFCA Drainage Easement have been identified and that the encroachments must be removed and arroyo restored to the approved G&D or permitted

NDB28 AMAFCA sends 2nd notification to property owners in the North Domingo Baca Tributary Arroyo Watersheds via certified letter who did not respond to first letter; AMAFCA receives final hydraulic analysis for Existing Conditions in the North Domingo Baca Tributary Arroyo Watersheds

NDB29 Responded to Owner’s Engineer with requirements for consideration of the G&D off of Signal Ave. with modification

La Cueva Arroyo Work

LCA1   Development request along the La Cueva Arroyo initiates discussion on development and flood risk between AMAFCA and Bernalillo County

LCA2   Bernalillo County proposed joint funding agreement with AMAFCA for La Cueva Facility Plan

LCA3   Board Presentation on Feasibility Scope of La Cueva Facility Plan

LCA4   Board Presentation re: La Cueva Arroyo. Discussion included following on to work in the NDB Watershed and similar cost share with Bernalillo County

LCA5   Board Presentation re: La Cueva Arroyo. Discussion included following on to work in the NDB Watershed and Board Approved cost share with Bernalillo County

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