Planning and Development Services Department

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The Planning and Development Services Department works to enhance the quality of life for City of Amarillo citizens by providing services that encourage quality growth, development, and redevelopment in all areas within the City and its extraterritorial jurisdiction. 




 Online Maps

 Determine the zoning of any
property within the city limits.
Determines if a property falls
within the Downtown Amarillo
Urban Design District.

The Planning and Development Services Department works primarily with these ordinances:

Addresses zoning districts, land use categories, building setbacks, parking requirements, and other related regulations.

Addresses the creation or combination of lots within the City of Amarillo and the 5 mile extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). Contains subdivision design standards, public improvement regulations and the use of right-of-way, requirements for preliminary plans, and other related regulations.


Addresses minimum requirements for amount and location of landscaping for eligible projects.


Details requirements for modifications to, or demolition of, historic structures and landmarks.


Identifies where limitations for height and land use exist in proximity to the airport. (Also known as Airport Clear Zone)
 Boards & Commissions


The Planning division accomplishes our goals through concentrated efforts related to short and long range planning principles, land use controls, and development review practices.The Planning division currently serves as the staff liaison for the:

The Economic Development division has an emphasis on enhancing and expanding the City’s tax base and community’s quality of life while supporting other partners that focus on job retention/creation, workforce development, business support, and entrepreneurship. The Economic Development division currently serves as the staff liaison for the:

  • Center City Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) #1
  • East Gateway Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) #2
  • Local Government Corporation (LGC)

The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) provides for the planning and development of the transportation network throughout the Amarillo Urban Transportation Study area in a continuous, cooperative, and coordinated manner. The MPO, housed within the Planning Department, serves as the staff liaison to the MPO Policy Board.

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