Planning Services Division

About

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)

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.

Did You See a "Zoning" Sign?

Sign Location(s)Case Number & ManagerRequestPlanning & Zoning Meeting DateCity Council Final Reading & Public Hearing
7700-7800 Blocks (east side) of Maple Street
Z-2020-15
Nick Watts
Planner I

Rezone property from Agricultural Open Space (AO) to a Residential Single-Family (RS-6) District on 52.88 acres of now-vacant land in the 7700-7800 blocks (east side) of Maple Street in far south Abilene

Nov 3Dec 3
7700-7800 Blocks of Maple Street & West from Kristie Path & Alex Way in the Sawgrass Addition
Z-2020-16
Nick Watts
Planner I

Rezone property from Agricultural Open Space (AO) to a Planned Development (PD) District allowing residential townhome development having clusters of as few as two dwelling units, on 22.13 acres of now-vacant land located east from the 7700-7800 blocks of Maple Street and west from Kristie Path and Alex Way in the Sawgrass Addition

Nov 3Dec 3
Old Anson Road and Interstate Highway 20
Z-2020-17
Jared Smith

Planner II

Change the terms of Planned Development (PD) District Number PD 116 located on southeast corner of Old Anson Road and Interstate Highway 20 in northwest Abilene, specifically regarding the height and area of signs allowed there

Nov 3Dec 3
900 Block of Gateway Street & 3600-3700 Blocks of Oldham Lane
Z-2020-19
Brad Stone
Planner III

Rezone approximately 3.8 acres in a General Retail (GR) District extending 300 feet north from the 900 block of Gateway Street, and approximately 4.3 acres in an adjacent Neighborhood Retail (NR) District extending 300 feet west from the 3600-3700 blocks of Oldham Lane, to a General Commercial (GC) District

Nov 3Dec 3
Waldrop Drive & US Hwys 83-84
Z-2020-20
Jared Smith
Planner II

Rezone approximately 8.14 acres at 7602 thru 7734 Hwy. 83-84 and situated at or near the southwest corner of Waldrop Drive and U.S. Hwys. 83-84, from an Agricultural Open Space (AO) District to a General Commercial (GC) District

Nov 3Dec 3
4900-5000 Blocks (Southwest Side) of South Clack Street
Z-2020-21
Brad Stone

Planner III

Rezone approximately 4.04 acres on the 4900-5000 blocks (southwest side) of South Clack Street, from an Agricultural Open Space (AO) to a General Commercial (GC) District

Nov 3Dec 3
750 Gateway Street & the 3600-3700 Blocks (East Side) of Loop 322
CUP-2020-08
Brad Stone
Planner III

Approval of a Conditional Use Permit allowing retail sales and rental of trucks and other large vehicles and equipment on 24.371 acres in a General Commercial (GC) District at 750 Gateway Street and the 3600-3700 blocks (east side) of Loop 322

Nov 3Dec 3
1949 Beltway South (FM Highway 707)
Z-2020-23
Jared Smith
Planner II

Rezone property from Agricultural Open Space (AO) to Rural Residential (RR-1) District on one acre of land located at 1949 Beltway South (F.M. Highway 707)

Dec 1Jan 14, 2021
4801 Buffalo Gap Road
Z-2020-24
Jared Smith
Planner II

Rezone approximately 0.6 acre of land (120 feet wide) located behind the restaurant building at 4801 Buffalo Gap Road, from Agricultural Open Space (AO) to Neighborhood Retail (NR) District

Dec 1Jan 14, 2021
1826 Colony Hill Road
Z-2020-25
Cheryl Sawyers
Planning Services Manager

Rezone property from Residential Single-Family Patio Home (PH) to a Residential Medium-Density (MD) District on 5.85 acres of now-vacant land at 1826 Colony Hill Road in southeastern Abilene

Dec 1Jan 14, 2021
916 East North 13th Street
Z-2020-26
Brad Stone
Planner III

Rezone 13.05 acres (occupied since 1955 by Taylor Elementary School) at 916 East North 13th Street, from Residential Medium-Density (MD) to a College University (CU) District

Dec 1Jan 14, 2021
East South 5th Street
TC-2020-06
Nick Watts
Planner I

Abandon the public right-of-way within the complete 418-foot length of Crow Street as it extends north from right-of-way for East South 5th Street, approximately 765 feet west from and parallel to T&P Lane in southeast central Abilene

Dec 1Jan 14, 2021
916 East North 13th Street
TC-2020-07
Brad Stone
Planner III

Abandon the public right-of-way within a 0.4039-acre tract of presently unpaved land initially dedicated for what is now known as North Judge Ely Boulevard and located northeast from the original campus of Taylor Elementary School at 916 E.N. 13th Street in northeast Abilene

Dec 1Jan 14, 2021


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