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.

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Sign Location(s)Case Number & ManagerRequestPlanning & Zoning Meeting DateCity Council Final Reading & Public Hearing

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
Feb 4 (tabled from
Jan 7)
Mar 12
1401 Cherry StreetZ-2020-04
Jared Smith
Planner II

Rezone property from Heavy Commercial (HC) to Heavy Industrial (HI) District

Feb 4Mar 12
1826 Colony Hill RoadZ-2020-05
Nick Watts

Planner I

Rezone property from Residential Medium-Density (MD) to Residential Single-Family Patio Home (PH) District

Feb 4Mar 12
1208 Lytle Acres Drive
Bradley Stone

Planner III

Abandon an unimproved west margin (0.0469 acre) of right-of-way available for Lytle Acres Drive

Feb 4Mar 12
Cypress & Cedar Streets
Nick Watts

Planner I

Abandon public right-of-way within an 80’ wide segment of Cedar Street extending 300’ between the north line of right-of-way for North 5th Street and the south line of right-of-way for North 6th Street; and a request to abandon public right-of-way within a 20’ wide alley extending 300’ between the north line of right-of-way for North 5th Street and the south line of right-of-way for North 6th Street, midway and parallel between Cypress and Cedar Streets.

Mar 3Apr 9
South 23rd Street & South Treadaway Boulevard
Jared Smith
Planner II

Abandon public right-of-way within an unimproved 60’ wide segment of South 23rd Street extending approximately 500 feet between the east line of right-of-way for South Treadaway Boulevard and the west line of right-of-way for the Abilene & Southern Railway.

Mar 3Apr 9

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