Planning Services

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)
  • Entertainment District Task Force

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.

Applications

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All Planning Services applications are now online. Apply for Zoning, Plats, Conditional Use Permits, Thoroughfare Closures, and Itinerant Business Permits all from one place. 

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Meeting Dates

Planning & Zoning: July 6
City Council Final Reading & Public Hearing: August 12

Sign Location(s)Case Number & ManagerRequest
2400 Block (east side) of Shelton StreetZ-2021-15
Brad Stone
Planner III

Change zoning from Residential Single-Family (RS-6) to a Residential Medium-Density (MD) District


6200 Block (north side) of Jennings DriveZ-2021-16
Jared Smith
Planner II
Change zoning from Residential Single-Family (RS-6) to a Residential Medium-Density (MD) District
2900-3100 Blocks (west side) of Dub Wright Boulevard & Hampton Hills StreetZ-2021-17
Jared Smith
Planner II

Change zoning from Agricultural Open Space (AO) to a Residential Medium-Density (MD) District on two vacant parcels together and change zoning from Agricultural Open Space (AO) to a Residential Single-Family (RS-6) District on a 2.618-acre parcel

149 & 157-182 Eplens CourtZ-2021-18
Cheryl Sawyers
Planning Services Manager

Change zoning from General Commercial (GC) to a Residential Multiple-Family (MF) District


2668 Garfield Avenue & 2660-2664 Garfield StreetZ-2021-19
Cheryl Sawyers
Planning Services Manager

Change zoning from Planned Development District Number 144 (PD 144) to a combination of a Residential Single-Family (RS-6) District and change zoning from Residential Single-Family (RS-8) to a Residential Single-Family (RS-6) District on two vacant lots

Access Business ParkSNC-2021-01
Nick Watts
Planner I

Change the name of Corridor Drive to Great Lakes Cheese Drive

Meeting Dates

Planning & Zoning: August 3
City Council Final Reading & Public Hearing: September 9

Sign Location(s)Case Number & ManagerRequest
702 Sayles DriveHOZ-2021-01
Nick Watts
Planner I

Apply a Historic (H) Overlay Zone onto the underlying Residential Single-Family (RS-12) zoning district

5220 Hartford StreetZ-2021-20
Nick Watts
Planner I

Change zoning from General Commercial (GC) to a Residential Multi-Family (MF) District

1101 South 9th Street (formerly Travis Elementary School)Z-2021-21
Brad Stone
Planner III

Change zoning from Residential Medium-Density (MD) to a Residential Multi-Family (MF) District

South 10th Street (formerly Church Street) between Sycamore & Elm Streets

TC-2021-02
Jared Smith

Planner II

Abandon the public’s right-of-way within the following street and alley segments in south central Abilene

Melissa Lane/Princess LaneTC-2021-06
Jared Smith
Planner II

Abandon the public’s right-of-way within a 20-foot wide alley (a dead end) extending for a distance of approximately 100 feet


View Current Meeting Dates & Planning & Zoning Commission Packets

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  2. Current Plans