Adopted Plans & Policies

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Amarillo Comprehensive Plan

The 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.  

North Heights Neighborhood Plan

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.

Barrio Neighborhood Plan

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.

Downtown Amarillo Strategic Action Plan

This downtown-specific plan, a joint effort between the City of Amarillo and Center City Amarillo, was finalized in 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. In general, the proposed amendments note accomplishments and completed goals, identify new goals–such as relocation of bus services and recruitment of a downtown grocery store, and revise the action steps for continued implementation.

A public meeting on the proposed changes to the Downtown Strategic Action Plan was held Tuesday, September 10, 2019. The revised plan is scheduled to be presented to City Council in December for adoption. Amendments to the Downtown Amarillo Urban Design Standards (DAUDS) are also proposed.

REDLINED DOCUMENT OF DRAFT UPDATES TO STRATEGIC ACTION PLAN

Downtown Amarillo Urban Design Standards

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 are proposed as part of the 2019 Downtown Strategic Action Plan update. A public meeting to review the revisions was held Tuesday, September 10, 2019. The revised standards are expected to be presented to City Council in December for adoption.

REDLINED DOCUMENT OF DRAFT UPDATES TO URBAN DESIGN STANDARDS

Annexation Plan

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

Recommended Plant Listing

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.