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Planning & Development Services P.O. Box 9960 | 1101 Texas Ave.College Station, TX 77842979.764.3570

Please contact Planning & Development Services with any questions at 979.764.3570 or by email at

What is Planning?
Planning is the process that considers the physical, social and economic aspects of the community and examines the connections between them. Planning is how we make decisions about the future of our city.

The goal of planning is to further the welfare of our community by creating convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, economically viable and attractive places for current and future generations.

Why Do We Plan?
It is the responsibility of local government to shape and guide growth in order to promote economic development of the community and retain quality of life.

Effective planning ensures that future development will occur where, when, and how the community wants.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?
First, it is a long range plan and is comprehensive in nature. The plan generally projects 15 to 20 years out, but often need to be updated within ten years because of rapid growth, etc.

The Comprehensive Plan is a policy document adopted by the City Council that serves as a guide for decisions about our physical development. The Local Government Code, which gives cities their police powers, requires that land use decisions be in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan, so it is very important to keep it up to date.

The purpose of the plan is to anticipate growth and to guide that growth in a manner that provides College Station with a balance of land uses that promote economic development while retaining quality of life.

What is included in a Comprehensive Plan?
The first and most important component of the plan is the statement of goals and objectives. This should reflect the vision and desires of the community.

The Comprehensive Plan includes plans for our parks, utilities, land use, economic development, transportation, urban design and anything else related to the physical design of our community.

How is the Comprehensive Plan implemented?
The Land Use portion of the Comprehensive Plan is implemented through annexation, zoning, platting, and development & building regulations. The Unified Development Ordinance (our zoning ordinance) and the Subdivision Regulations are our primary tools to implement the Comprehensive Plan.

The Thoroughfare and Utility portions of the Comprehensive Plan are implemented through the development of private property and through the Capital Improvements Programming process - where tax dollars are allocated to projects (roadways, sewer lines, etc.) that are seen as a need in the community and that will not be built by a developer in the near future. Our Subdivision Regulation and our design standards ensure that public infrastructure is built to City standards.

What is the difference between land use and zoning?
The Land Use Plan reflects the land use that the community desires to see in a specific area of the City in the future. Zoning establishes the actual land uses and densities, and must be in place prior to development. The Local Government Code requires that zone changes be in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan.

What Should We Consider When Planning For The Future?
We need to consider the community as a whole, including the following aspects:

  • How people get from place to place
  • Pattern of Development
  • Where people live
  • Where businesses are located
  • Building aesthetics
  • Street Design
  • City Infrastructure Development
  • Natural Resources and Habitat
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