Text Amendment

A zoning text amendment is a procedure that changes the written provisions of the zoning ordinance.   From time to time, regulations may need to be updated to better serve the needs of the City and its citizens. In most cases, the City is the initiator of this process but occasionally a resident or business may apply to amend the zoning ordinance.

Regulatory authority:

 Section 154.004 of the Municipal Code

Application fees:

See the zoning section of the Fee Schedule

The escrow will help cover the costs of the public hearing notices, staff time to review the application and write reports, and the city attorney’s review. Additional escrow will be required upon approval or when the escrow account is low and the remaining escrow is refundable when the project is finished.

Application requirements:

  1. Applicant information: Name, address, phone number, and email address.
  2. Upload a draft of the proposed zoning ordinance text.

Review criteria: 

The City may grant a zoning text or map amendment if the proposed amendment is compliant with the following findings:

  • The proposed amendment is consistent with the general purposes and intent of the Comprehensive Plan;
  • The proposed amendment will not adversely affect the health, safety, or general welfare of the city;
  • The proposed amendment is compatible with present and future land uses in the surrounding area and reasonably related to the overall needs of the city;
  • The proposed amendment is compatible with adjacent properties;
  • The proposed amendment can be adequately supported by public urban services including the water supply, transportation system and capacity, police and fire protection, utilities, and sanitary waste disposal and stormwater disposal systems; and
  • If applicable, the proposed amendment is consistent with officially adopted city plans and overlays.

Review procedure: 

  • Application submittal.
  • Review of application for completeness.
  • Public hearing and review by the Planning Commission.
  • Consideration by City Council

Apply online:

Zoning Text Amendment Application