Planning Services Division


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
118 N. Pioneer Drive
Jared Smith

Planner II
Conditional Use Permit to allow contractor services in General Commercial (GC) zoning districtNov 5Dec 5
6605 Maple StreetCUP-2019-10
Jared Smith

Planner II
Conditional Use Permit to allow a home-based daycare for more than six children (other than caregivers’ own children) in Agricultural Open Space (AO) zoning districtNov 5Dec 5
2002 Jameson StreetZ-2019-27
Jared Smith

Planner II
Amend the existing Planned Development District Number 116, specifically by amending the graphic site plan (Exhibit B) guiding development on western 6.207 acres of this districtNov 5Dec 5
842 N 3rd Street & 324 Mesquite StreetZ-2019-28
Nick Watts

Planner I
Rezone property from Light Industrial (LI) with Historic (H) Overlay, to Central Business (CB) with Historic (H) OverlayNov 5Dec 5
749 China Street, 750 Rose Street, & 397 South 8th StreetZ-2019-29
Brad Stone

Planner III
Rezone property from a Heavy Industrial (HI) District to a Planned Development (PD) District allowing industrial use but with no site-related or boundary street improvementsNov 5Dec 5
1722 Aces Trail
Jared Smith

Planner II
Conditional Use Permit allowing an active outdoor recreation facility (Inc. a community swimming pool) in a Rural Residential (RR-1) zoning districtDec 3Jan 9
Corsicana Avenue and Sagehen Ridge DriveZ-2019-30
Mr Nick Watts

Planner I
Rezone property from Agricultural Open Space (AO) to Residential Single-Family (RS-6) DistrictDec 3Jan 9

Proposed amendments to Land Development Code for the City of Abilene, removing the entire text of existing Section in Chapter 2 (Zoning Regulations) and which specifically concerns carports and patio covers, replacing said existing text with a new Section regulating the size, height, placement and architectural character of certain carports and patio covers; and adopting new definitions of both “carport” and “patio cover” as those terms appear in Chapter 5 (Definitions) of the Land Development Code
Dec 3Jan 9

View Current Meeting Dates & Planning & Zoning Commission Packets

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