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.  The Planning division accomplishes this through concentrated efforts related to short and long range planning principles, land use controls, and development review practices. The Metropolitan Planning Organization 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 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. 

Boards & Commissions

The Planning division currently serves as the staff liaison for the following boards and commissions:

  • Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z)
  • Board of Review for Landmarks, Historic Districts, and Downtown Design

The Economic Development division currently serves as the staff liaison for the following boards and commissions:

  • 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), also housed within the Planning Department, serves as the staff liaison to the following boards and commissions:

  • MPO Policy Board

Ordinances

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

  • Zoning Ordinance - addresses zoning districts, land use categories, building setbacks, parking requirements, and other related regulations.
  • Subdivision Ordinance - addresses the creation or combination of lots within the City of Amarillo and the 5 mile extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).  Contains subdivision design standards, regulations related to public improvements and the use of right-of-way,  requirements for preliminary plans, and other related regulations.
  • Landscaping Ordinance - addresses minimum requirements for amount and location of landscaping for eligible projects.
  • Landmarks and Historic Preservation Ordinance - details requirements for modifications to, or demolition of, historic structures.
  • Airport Height Hazard (also known as Airport Clear Zone) - identifies where limitations for height and land use exist in proximity to the airport.

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