The Planning Services Division works together with the community to enhance and maintain quality of life in Abilene by guiding specific use and arrangement of urban development through administration and enforcement of the City’s Land Development Code (LDC) and Comprehensive Plan. In addition, the Planning Services Division encourages proper growth, development, redevelopment, and stabilization of neighborhoods by providing technical assistance to the City’s Council, boards, commissions, developers, and citizens.
The Planning staff provides expertise and policy advice for the following boards, commissions, and committees:
- City Council
- Planning and Zoning Commission
- Tax Increment Redevelopment Zone (TIRZ) Board
- Mayor’s Downtown Task Force
- Board of Adjustment
- Landmarks Commission
- Development Review Committee (DRC)
- Entertainment District Task Force
Staff also provides other core services such as administering the City’s Facade Improvement and Demolition Assistance Grant Programs.
Planning & Zoning Commission
The Planning and Zoning Commission is comprised of seven Abilene citizens who act as an advisory board to City Council in regards to land use and zoning related matters. Members are appointed by the Mayor for three year terms.
The Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council hold public hearings on cases in City Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall. If you are interested in any case, you have the opportunity to make your opinion known to the appropriate body at that time.
It is also permissible to mail us a signed letter, which will be forwarded to the Planning and Zoning Commission or City Council, whichever is hearing the case at that time.
All Planning Services applications are now online. Apply for Zoning, Plats, Conditional Use Permits, Thoroughfare Closures, and Itinerant Business Permits all from one place.
Did You See a "Zoning" Sign?
Planning & Zoning: September 6, 2022
City Council Final Reading & Public Hearing: October 13, 2022
|Sign Location(s)||Case Number||Request|
|Simmons Avenue, Hickory Street, Vogel Avenue, Cedar Street||TC-2022-02|
Abandon Simmons Avenue between Ambler Avenue and University Boulevard; Hickory Street between North 26th Street and Vogel Avenue; Cedar Street between North 26th Street; and Vogel Avenue between Hickory Street and Pine Street (Case Manager – Adam Holland)
Rezoning of approximately 3.37 acres from Agricultural Open (AO) to General Commercial (GC) (Case Manager – Clarissa Ivey)
|Industrial Boulevard and Burl Harris Drive||Z-2022-21|
Rezoning of approximately 4.76 acres from Heavy Commercial (HC) to General Commercial (GC) (Case Manager – Adam Holland)
Planning & Zoning: October 4, 2022
City Council Final Reading & Public Hearing: November 3, 2022
|Sign Location(s)||Case Number||Request|
|2120 Antilley Road||Z-2022-22|
Change the zoning of approximately 3.57 acres from Medical Use (MU) to General Commercial (GC). Legal description being Lot 101, Block A, Cameron Addition, Abilene in Taylor County, Texas.
2910 Old Anson Road
Change the zoning of approximately .843 acres from Agricultural Open (AO) and Multi-Family (MF) to Multi-Family (MF). Legal description being approximately .843 acres of J.R. Shipman Survey No. 85, City of Abilene, Taylor County, Texas.
Meetings are held in Council Chambers at City Hall
555 Walnut Street, Second Floor
- Comprehensive Plan (PDF)
- Existing Community Facilities (PDF)
- Existing Land Use - City Center Map (PDF)
- Existing Land Use - City Limits Map (PDF)
- Extraterritorial Jurisdiction and County Boundaries (PDF)
- Future Land Use Development Plan (PDF)
- Sensitive Development Areas (PDF)
- Super Neighborhood Boundaries (PDF)
- Vacant and Undeveloped Land (PDF)
Buffalo Gap Road Corridor Overlay
Ambler Avenue Corridor Overlay
Carver Neighborhood Plan
South Downtown Master Plan
Pine Street Corridor Overlay
Safe Routes Abilene Plan
Lake Fort Phantom Hill Plan
- Lake Fort Phantom Hill Plan - Land Use Map and Density Chart (PDF)
- Lake Fort Phantom Hill Plan - Plan Text Chapters 1 through 6 (PDF)
- Appendix A - Fort Phantom Hill Lake Association Plan (PDF)
- Appendix B - Water and Waste Water Infrastructure Studies (PDF)
- Appendix C - Design Guidelines (PDF)
- Appendix D - Roundtable Matrix (PDF)