Zoning Process Improvements

In addition to recommendations on the Comprehensive Plan, the discussions of the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee (CPRC) led to various zoning process improvements.  These improvements are intended to make information on zoning change requests more accessible and transparent to the public.  These include a new zoning case alert system (coming soon!), enhancements to the city website, improvements to zoning notices, and more.  Browse the information below to learn more!


Zoning cASE Alert system - Coming soon!

The Zoning Case Alert System will allow residents to sign up and receive email alerts when a new zoning application has been submitted in pre-selected ZIP codes.  The system is still in testing and is anticipated to be rolled out to the public in late 2021. 

Zoning alert sign up

zoning alert example


Updated 'Active Zoning Cases' Webpage

The Active Zoning Cases webpage now includes additional information for the public, including locator maps, draft plans and standards, and a summary table comparing the current and proposed zoning.  You can also find contact information for staff who can answer your questions about the zoning case. 

Active Zoning Page


plain language notifications

By state law, the City of Plano is required to mail written notice to property owners within 200 feet of a proposed zoning change.  The City of Plano exceeds this minimum requirement by also providing written courtesy notices to property owners within 500 feet.  Feedback from the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee led to improvements to both the 200 ft. and 500 ft. notices, including a more plain language description of the request and a map. 

Zoning Notice Example Page 1Notice Page 2

Example Notices

Previous Notice Example (within 200')Updated Notice Example (within 200')
Previous Courtesy Notice Example (within 500')Updated Courtesy Notice Example (within 500')



EXISTING ZONING NOTIFICATION TOOLS

Minimum Requirements Under State Law:

1. Written Notices

Required 200' Notice

Written notice to property owners within 200 feet of a proposed zoning change at least 10 days prior to a public hearing at the Planning & Zoning Commission.

2. Newspaper Notices

Newspaper Advertisements

A newspaper notice at least 15 days prior to a public hearing at City Council.

In addition to the minimum requirements of state law and the Zoning Ordinance, the Plano Planning Department provides:

3. Written & Courtesy Notices

Courtesy 500' Notices

Written notice to property owners within 200 feet and a courtesy notice to property owners within 500 feet of a proposed zoning change at least 20 days prior to a public hearing at the Planning & Zoning Commission.

4. SIGNS POSTED on the Property

Zoning Sign Example

Signs posted on the property at least 20 days prior to a public hearing at the Planning & Zoning Commission.

5. Active Zoning Cases Webpage

Active Zoning Petitions Website

An Active Zoning Cases page on the City of Plano website where residents can review the proposed plans (if applicable).

6. Zoning Case Response Map

Zoning Case Response Map

A Zoning Case Response Map where residents can register their support or opposition to any proposed zoning change in the city. 

7. Zoning & Recent Development Activity Map

Zoning & Recent Development Activity Map

A Zoning & Recent Development Map on the City of Plano website shows active and recent zoning cases, as well as plats, site plans, and various other development applications.

8. City of Plano Newsletter

Plano City Newsletter

Notice of active zoning cases are listed at the bottom of all Plano City Newsletters.