Landowners are required to maintain the parkway, including sidewalks and landscaping, located adjacent to their property. The parkway is the portion of the public right-of-way between the curb or edge of street pavement and the property boundary of the adjacent private property.
The parkway often includes landscaped areas, sidewalks, paths, street trees, and sometimes other public infrastructure such as water and sewer lines and utility lines, such as electric, telephone, and cable.
Fences, Walls, and Hedges in Residential Areas
Site Plan Application and Checklist
Garage sales are only permitted in residential districts and are subject to the following guidelines:
- It is unlawful for any individual to sell or offer for sale, at a garage sale, property other than personal property.
- No more than one garage sale shall be allowed on the same lot during any three month period.
- The garage sale must not last more than the daylight hours of three consecutive days.
- Personal property for sale may be displayed only within the residence, in an accessory building, and/or in a rear yard or in a driveway. No personal property shall be displayed in any public right-of-way.
- The individual(s) hosting the garage sale shall be responsible for maintaining order on the premises and ensuring that vehicles do not impede traffic on the adjacent street throughout the sale.
- There shall be no continuous outdoor storage or storage of supplies, equipment, or stock in trade on the premises.
Garage Sale Signs
- Garage sale signs may not be larger than 2 square feet.
- Garage sale signs may only be located on the property on which the sale is being conducted.
- There shall be no more than one sign per street frontage.
- Garage sale signs are not permitted on utility poles.
- Garage sale signs are considered temporary and must be removed by the individual(s) hosting the sale immediately after the conclusion of the garage sale.
An Itinerant Business Permit is required:
- For the establishment of any business on a temporary basis where the business does not occur in a permanent structure
- For a business taking place in a structure for which a temporary permit has been obtained
- In association with another temporary use such as a carnival, fair, parade or festival.
A permit is not required for garage sales in residential zoning districts, businesses that are operated or owned by the same person or entity that owns the property, or businesses that hold a lease term on the property of at least one year.
For more information on Itinerant Businesses visit our Applications.
For more information, contact the City of Abilene Planning Division at (325) 676-6237.
BUILDING LINE: A building limit fixed at a specific distance from the front or side boundaries of a lot beyond which a structure cannot be constructed. See also SETBACK
CARPORT or PATIO COVER: A roofed structure that must be open on at least 2 ¾ sides if it is attached and 3 sides if it is detached from the primary structure.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: The City of Abilene’s long-range plan intended to guide the growth and development of the community and including analysis and recommendations concerning the community’s population, economy, housing, transportation, community facilities, and land use.
CONDITIONAL USE: A use that may locate in certain zoning districts provided it meets specific conditions established within the Zoning Ordinance.
DEDICATION: A turning over of private land for public use by an owner or developer, and its acceptance for such use by the governmental agency in charge of the public function for which it will be used. This is generally done for roads, parks, schools, and other public uses.
EASEMENT: A portion of private property where someone other than the landowner has legal property rights. Structures or other obstructions cannot be built over them. Different types of easements serve different purposes, i.e. utilities, streetlights, drainage, etc. Access to the property is usually required for maintenance and monitoring purposes. Easements can be released to the property owner only with the approval of all parties who use the easement. Easement Release Application
HOME OCCUPATION: An activity undertaken for gain by a resident and conducted as an accessory use in the resident’s dwelling.
Home Occupation Requirements
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: The description of a piece of property using the lot and block numbers within a platted subdivision. Metes and bounds descriptions are also considered legal descriptions.
METES AND BOUNDS: A system of describing and identifying land by measures (metes) and directions (bounds) from an identifiable point of reference. This system can be used for a legal description in place of lot and block designation within a platted subdivision.
NONCONFORMING USE: A structure or use that is not permitted in its present district’s zoning regulations. If it was established after the enactment of the ordinance, it is illegal and may be abated. If it existed prior to the enactment of the current regulations it may continue, although it cannot be expanded or replaced with another nonconforming use. If the use ceases to exist for a 6-month period it will lose its legal status and will not be allowed to remain.
See the Permitted Use Charts (refer to page 81) for specific use locations.
OPAQUE (with regards to screening and fencing): Constructed so that you cannot see through to the other side.
OVERLAY ZONE: A set of zoning requirements applicable within a specifically delineated area imposed over an existing (base) zoning district. Development within the overlay zone shall conform to all requirements of base zoning district except where overlay zone requirements specify otherwise. Overlay Zoning Districts (refer to page 42)
PLAT: An official map or chart representing a tract of land showing the division of that tract into one or more separate parcels. Plats indicate the placement and length of property lines and easements within a particular subdivision and must be prepared by a licensed land surveyor in the state of Texas. Plats are filed for permanent record with the County Clerk in the courthouse and with the Planning Department.
PARKWAY: The portion of the public right-of-way between the curb or edge of street pavement and the property boundary of the adjacent private property.
REPLAT: An official map or chart representing changes to a previously-platted tract of land. It must be prepared by a licensed land surveyor in the state of Texas. Replats, just like other plats, must be filed for permanent record with the County Clerk in the courthouse and with the Planning Department.
RIGHT-OF-WAY: A street and the areas on either side leading up to private property.
SCREENING: Fencing, walls, planted berms, or densely planted vegetation that acts as a buffer between incompatible land uses.
SETBACK: The area designated around the outer edges of all lots where structures are prohibited. Setback requirements vary based on zoning, type of structure, adjacent street classification, and other factors.
SITE PLAN: A scaled drawing of proposed construction that is reviewed by city staff and utility company representatives. Site plans are required for all new structures except detached single-family dwellings and duplexes. Additions to do not require site plan review if they are attached and less than 50 percent of the value and square footage of the existing structure.
Site Plan Application and Checklist
SPECIAL EXCEPTION: Some uses require approval from the Board of Adjustment before they are permitted in certain zoning districts. A public hearing must be held and the request must be compatible with the surrounding area to be approved.
Board of Adjustment Application
VARIANCE: These allow for adjustments to specific ordinance requirements, owing to special and unique conditions, where the literal enforcement of the ordinance provision results in an unnecessary hardship. They can only be approved by the Board of Adjustment through a public hearing process.
Board of Adjustment Application
ZONING: Zoning regulations establish the permitted uses; placement, height, bulk, and coverage of structures; and many other development requirements such as landscaping, screening, and sign regulations. All land within the City of Abilene has a designated zoning district.
ZONING DISTRICT: A classification within which the regulations specified are uniform and which is assigned to a particular area of the City as indicated on the Zoning District Map. Abilene has 20 different zoning districts.
Zoning Districts (refer to page 16)