Planning & Zoning

Department Functions

The City of Farmers Branch Planning Department plays an instrumental role in the long-term and day-to-day success of the city. The planning department does this by applying specific professional planning principles that are central to all planning efforts. 


The planning department:
  • Manages the city's land development process relative to design review, site planning, specific use permits, and zoning
  • Prepares the city's comprehensive plan and district plans such as the recently adopted central area plan. Other district plans include the west side plan and station area plan
  • Prepares policies, programs and ordinances relating to development, conducts demographic analysis and engages in special planning studies relating to economic development, environment, urban design, transportation, and housing
  • Offers extensive e-planning, public outreach and education programs to encourage greater involvement in planning activities

Staff Functions

The planning staff manages the City’s development process and coordinates the City’s activities regarding long-range land use planning. The planning division processes development applications, provides technical support to the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council, maintains the comprehensive plan as well as many other activities. Their focus is on development that will enhance the quality of life for residents and businesses. If you need assistance with your development project or need help before submitting any planning application, you may request a pre-application meeting with staff by completing the pre-application meeting request form.

The planning staff has experience in a wide variety of disciplines including architecture, city and regional planning, economics, geography, and mathematics. All members of the planning staff are licensed by the American Institute of Certified Planners


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