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
2050 Antilley RoadZ-2020-10
Jared Smith
Planner II

Amend existing Planned Development (PD) District Number 32 by removing from subparagraph (f) 1 and 2 the language stating “no other signs shall be allowed” from Lots 25-30 and allowing all signage allowed in General Retail (GR)

Sept 1Oct 8
1425 Matador StreetZ-2020-13
Nick Watts
Planner I

Rezone property from General Commercial (GC) to General Retail (GR) District

Sept 1Oct 8
South 8th Street & South Treadaway BoulevardCUP-2020-06
Jared Smith
Planner II

Conditional Use Permit allowing light manufacturing and, in particular, coffee processing in a Heavy Commercial (HC) District

Sept 1Oct 8
6800-6900 Blocks (West Side) of Highway 83-84CUP-2020-07
Brad Stone
Planner III

Conditional Use Permit allowing multiple-family dwellings in a General Retail (GR) District and in an Office (O) District

Oct 6Nov 5
Lytle Way CircleSNC-2020-01
Jared Smith
Planner II

Add an honorary street name “Larry and Mary Gill’s Way” to the street known as Lytle Way Circle

Oct 6Nov 5
Parkview AdditionZ-2020-14
Jared Smith

Planner II

Rezone property from Planned Development (PD) District Number 58 to a Residential Single-Family (RS-6) District and a Residential Medium-Density (MD) District on 60.83 acres of now-vacant land wrapped around (but not adjoining) the southeast corner of Maple Street and Berry Lane in southeast central Abilene

Oct 6Nov 5

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