Zoning Ordinance Revision Project

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Next Public Meeting

Our next public meeting to review the draft assessment document will be held on Tuesday, February 4th at 7:00 PM.  The meeting will be at City Hall, first floor, Room 105. Consultants, White & Smith LLC, will present recommended changes to Module 1 – Zoning. 

Documents for Download:

Kick-Off Flyer
Public Outreach Plan
Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance Assessment

Project Background

The City of Amarillo adopted a new comprehensive plan in 2010, and is now undertaking a revision of its Zoning Ordinance and related regulations, including provisions for subdivision, manufactured homes and RV parks, landmarks and historic preservation, and airport
height hazards.

The revisions will implement policies and recommendations of the Amarillo Comprehensive
Plan, modernize and simplify the ordinance, and update regulations based on community input. The revised Zoning Ordinance will reflect current and anticipated market and neighborhood conditions and incorporate best practices for development regulation.

The City is working with White & Smith Planning and Law Group and Kendig Keast Collaborative to conduct a comprehensive review, analysis, and rewrite of the Zoning Ordinance and development-related regulations.

Zoning 101 Video - 

The below video created by the City of Phoenix is a quick explanation of zoning in general, and how it affects cities:

Opportunities for Public Input

The community will have opportunities to provide input throughout the project. Our public outreach plan (download here) includes opportunities for community members, business owners, property owners, elected and appointed officials, and other stakeholders to remain engaged and to provide input throughout this important planning effort.

The project kicked off with a series of stakeholder meetings and opportunities for the
consultants to receive feedback from the public, as well as elected and appointed officials of the City. Following our June 2019 kick-off meetings, the consultants prepared a comprehensive assessment of the City’s current Zoning Ordinance (download here), identifying areas for improvement and revision, for consideration by the City Planning and Zoning Commission.

The amendment process will begin immediately thereafter, taking place in three discrete
modules: Zoning, Development Standards, and Administrative Procedures. Public input will
be received on each module over the next 12-15 months. The Zoning Ordinance Revision is
anticipated to take 20 months, from May 2019 through December 2020.

City Project Manager for the Zoning Ordinance Revision:

Andrew Freeman, EDFP
Director, Planning & Development Services
City of Amarillo
(806) 378-5285