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The Amarillo Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2010, is a framework for guiding future development, redevelopment, and community enhancement over the next 10 years and beyond.  It contains the adopted vision, and goals and strategies for implementing that vision.  

The North Heights Neighborhood Plan, the first neighborhood plan to be completed under the City of Amarillo’s “Community Counts” initiative, was adopted in January of 2017.  It is the first of a handful of neighborhood plans to be completed by the Planning Department.  This document contains the goals, strategies, and actions to be undertaken in pursuit of strengthening the North Heights neighborhood, pursuing economic development and redevelopment, and improvement to transportation and mobility in the area.

The Barrio Neighborhood Plan is the second neighborhood plan to be completed as part of the “Community Counts” initiative.  It was adopted in April of 2018, and addresses the goals, strategies, and actions for reviving the Barrio neighborhood.  These goals, strategies, and actions fall into these six categories: (1) Infrastructure; (2) Residential Development & Maintenance; (3) Non-Residential Development & Maintenance; (4) Neighborhood Identity & Amenities; (5) Neighborhood Health; (6) Neighborhood Safety.

The San Jacinto Neighborhood Plan, the third completed as part of the Neighborhood Planning Initiative, kicked off in March 2019 and was adopted by the City Council at their regular meeting on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. The process now transitions to the implementation phase. A new neighborhood association is forming to coordinate projects and committees. Follow progress through the News updates.

This downtown-specific plan, a joint effort between the City of Amarillo and Center City Amarillo, was first adopted 2008.  The plan focuses on reinforcing downtown as a key entertainment and retail center for the city, attracting development to the area, and pursuing increased tourism. 

An update to the plan was initiated in late 2018. A committee with members from the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Board for Review for Landmarks, Historic Districts and Urban Design, Downtown Amarillo Inc, Center City TIRZ#1, and Center City, worked with city staff to review progress to date and identify future needs. The process included a total of 14 meetings over 14 months to discuss and develop the recommended revisions to plan. Much has been accomplished since the plan was first adopted – the completion of the MPEV, construction of a convention center hotel, the adoption of urban design standards and the reactivation are goals that the City is proud to have achieved.

The updated plan notes these achievements and further refines the list of development goals to allow the plan to continue to serve as a strategic vision for redevelopment and reinvestment. Encouraging residential development will continue to be an important focus. New goals include relocation of bus services, renovation and expansion of the Civic Center including rehabilitation of the Santa Fe Depot complex and construction of the arena, and implementation of the downtown wayfinding plan.

The Downtown Strategic Action Plan 2019 Update was approved by the City Council on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

These standards, dating back to 2010, preserve and reinforce the unique features of a downtown building environment.  Improvements to walkways, landscaping, building facades, new construction, parking, lighting, signage, and fencing area are reviewed for compliance with the adopted standards.  While most large projects require the approval of the Board for Review for Landmarks, Historic Districts and Urban Design, minor projects may be reviewed administratively.

Amendments to DAUDS were proposed as part of the 2019 Downtown Strategic Action Plan update. There were two primary changes to the standards: 1) requiring walkway improvements for the construction of new parking lots; and, 2) providing some language to assist the LHD&DD in reviewing requests for exceptions to the light pole style requirements. The amended standards were approved by City Council on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

This ordinance, approved in 1999 by the then-City Commission, outlines the City of Amarillo’s annexation plan in accordance with Senate Bill 89.

This document outlines recommendations for plant types best-suited to the Amarillo climate.  The listing is used in conjunction with the city's landscape ordinance, and is adopted as an appendix to the code of ordinances.