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
Near the northwest corner of FM 707 & FM 89Z-2021-03
Nick Watts
Planner I

Rezone property from Agricultural Open Space (AO) to a mixture of both General Commercial (GC) and Residential Single Family (RS-6) District

Feb 2Mar 11
Near the northwest corner of FM 707 & FM 89Z-2021-04
Nick Watts
Planner I

Rezone property from Agricultural Open Space (AO) to General Commercial (GC)

Feb 2Mar 11
1500 & 1600 blocks (north side) of Ambler AvenueZ-2021-05
Jared Smith
Planner II

Rezone property from Residential Single Family (RS-6) District to General Retail (GR)

Feb 2Mar 11
Beech Street & Ambler AvenueTC-2021-03
Jared Smith
Planner II

Abandon an approximately 60-foot-width of public right-of-way available for Beech Street wedged between the westernmost boundary of Block C in Darby of North Park Subdivision and the easternmost boundary of Block B in Darby of North Park Subdivision.

Feb 2Mar 11

View Current Meeting Dates & Planning & Zoning Commission Packets

  1. Comprehensive Plans
  2. Current Plans