Planning Services


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.


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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: September 7
City Council Final Reading & Public Hearing: October 14

Sign Location(s)Case Number & ManagerRequest

28 thru 36 Windmill Circle and at 5601 Memorial Drive

Nick Watts
Planner I

Conditional Use Permit allowing multi-family residential buildings on approximately 15 acres of now-vacant land in a General Retail (GR) District

7700-7900 Blocks (west side) of Hardwick RoadZ-2021-22
Jared Smith
Planner II

Change zoning from Agricultural Open Space (AO) to a Planned Development (PD) District of single-family home sites

2310 South Willis Street and 2325 Ivanhoe LaneZ-2021-24
Brad Stone
Planner III

Change zoning from Residential Medium-Density (MD) to a Neighborhood Retail (NR) District

1425 Dunnam DriveZ-2021-25
Brad Stone
Planner III

Change zoning from Heavy Industrial (HI) to a Heavy Commercial (HC) District on approximately 1.5 acres of now-vacant land

100 Block (west side) of Chapel Hill RoadZ-2021-26
Nick Watts
Planner I

Change zoning from Agricultural Open Space (AO) to a Manufactured/Mobile Home (MH) District

1826 Colony Hill RoadZ-2021-27
Cheryl Sawyers
Planning Services Manager

Rezone property from Residential Medium-Density (MD) District to a Planned Development (PD) District on 5.85 acres of now-vacant land

Meeting Dates

Planning & Zoning: October 5
City Council Final Reading & Public Hearing: November 4

Sign Location(s)Case Number & ManagerRequest
437,541, 557 North 11th StreetZ-2021-28
Nick Watts
Planner I

Change Zoning from Residential Single-Family (RS-6) to a Heavy Commercial (HC) District

700-800 Blocks (South Side) of East South 27th StreetZ-2021-29
Brad Stone
Planner III

Amend Terms and Conditions of Planned Development District Number 104 (PD 104) as They Affect Approximately 18 Acres of Now-Vacant Land Located Therein and Planned for Low to Medium Densities of Single and Two-Family Homes

View Current Meeting Dates & Planning & Zoning Commission Packets

  1. Comprehensive Plans
  2. Current Plans