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: June 7, 2022
City Council Final Reading & Public Hearing: July 142022

All meetings on this schedule are held at the South Branch Abilene Public Library located in the Mall of Abilene until further notice.

Sign Location(s)Case NumberRequest
1665 S. 15th Street

Allow the use of Daycare-operation Center-based within Medium Density Residential (MD) district

Windmill Acres


Approval of a Conditional Use Permit Allowing Multi-Family Residential Buildings on Approximately 15 Acres of Now-Vacant Land in a General Retail (GR) District

Blind Asylum LandsZ-2022-12

Change zoning of approximately 27.2 acres from Agricultural Open (AO) and Residential Multi-Family (MF) to Residential Multi-Family (MF) and General Commercial

Denali Addition/Lunatic Asylum LandsZ-2022-13

Change the zoning of approximately 36.5 acres from Residential Multi-Family (MF), Office (O), and Agricultural Open (AO) to General Retail (GR), residential Multi-Family (MF) and General Commercial (GC)

Blind Asylum Lands/Trails of Abilene AdditionZ-2022-14

Amend terms and conditions of Planned Development District Number 104 (a.k.a. PD 104) specifically to add single-family residential uses within this Planned Development District

Meeting Dates

Planning & Zoning: July 5, 2022
City Council Final Reading & Public Hearing: August 112022

Please call for the location of these meetings.

Sign Location(s)Case NumberRequest
3201 Oldham Lane

Amend the terms and conditions of Planned Development district number 104 specifically to add 50 feet of residential zoning as a use to all tracts.

2098 Lakeside Drive


Amend the terms and conditions of Planned Development district number 170 specifically to add approximately 23 acres of existing Residential Medium Density (MD) and approximately 15 acres of Agricultural Open space (AO) zoning and amending them to allow for 5,000 square foot lots with 5 foot side setbacks and 50 X 100 foot lot dimensions.

734 Orange Street

Amend the terms and conditions of Planned Development district number 159A specifically to amend the Concept plan to allow for more residential uses.

1452 Marshall StreetZ-2022-17

Change zoning from Residential Single Family (RS-6) to Neighborhood Retail (NR), on approximately .62 acres in South Abilene.

5309 Hwy. 277

Change zoning on approximately 7.15 acres in Southwest Abilene from Agricultural Open (AO) to General Commercial (GC).

1242 Orange Street

Conditional Use Permit Allowing a Group Home (a.k.a. halfway house) on Approximately .16 Acres of Residential Medium Density (MD) District

View Current Meeting Dates & Planning & Zoning Commission Packets

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