Zoning Ordinance

What Zoning Is and It Affects You

Zoning determines:

  • Property Line DrawingThe minimum size of a lot in different parts of the city lot size, Lot width, and Lot depth
  • How you can use a lot in different parts of the City live on your lot, live and have a business on the lot, or just have a business on your lot. It also determines what type of a house you can build on your lot single-family, duplex, or multi-family or what type of a business you can have on your lot.
  • The size and height of a building you can build on a lot 
  • The placement of a building on a lot setbacks (front yard, back yard, side yard)
  • Amount and type of landscape required on a lot
  • The types of signs allowed on a lot
  • The amount of parking required on the lot and the placement of parking on a lot

Why The Project Needed

Front of a Large HouseA city's zoning code can either promote or slow the growth and development of a town. A zoning code that is easy to read and use, and has regulations that are aligned with the City's comprehensive plan, supported by its residents, and are responsive to the market helps a city attract higher quality developments and assists in economic development efforts.

The City of Palestine's zoning code was first created in 1968, and regulates development in the city limits of Palestine and a one-mile extraterritorial jurisdiction border around the city. In the fall of 2016, the city has contracted with Stantec Consulting Services to update the zoning code to make it more user-friendly, remove legalese and jargon, align the regulations with the development patterns supported by the market, and align the regulations with the City's comprehensive plan as required by Texas law.

To help with the code, a nine-member steering committee has been appointed by the City Council.

How the Zoning Code Be Updated

The update process has three phases on Detect, Discover, Deploy

Zoning MapIn the detect phase: The consultant team will

  • Review the existing zoning ordinance, the Development code, city codes, and the comprehensive plan;
  • Research best practices and market-based regulations; and
  • Interview staff to find out how the zoning ordinance is used, and the most common and recurring issues and concerns with the current regulations.

In the discover phase: The consultant team will conduct 11 meetings and an online survey (paper version will be made available) to get input from the community at large, the steering committee, city staff and develop regulations based on this input to create an updated zoning ordinance, as shown below:

  • Introducing the project and presenting the Diagnostic Analysis to the steering committee, Planning and Zoning Commission, and the City Council
  • Town Hall Meeting on March 2017
  • Online Survey on March 2017
  • Presenting the results of the town hall meeting and the online survey to the steering committee on May 2017
  • Three Workshops on coming soon
  • The consultant will develop the draft zoning ordinance
  • Meeting with City staff to discuss the workshop results and first draft of the zoning ordinance - TBD
  • Presenting the results and first draft with staff comments to the steering committee - TBD
  • Two steering committee meetings - TBD
  • Meeting with City staff to discuss the final draft of the zoning ordinance - TBD
  • Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing - TBD
  • City Council Public Hearing and adoption of the zoning ordinance - TBD

In the deploy phase: The consultant team will conduct three meetings and an Online Survey (a paper version will be made available) to get input from the community at large, and the appointed and elected officials to result in the adoption of the updated zoning ordinance. The activities will be:

  • Reimage Redeline Revitalize PalestineTown Hall Meeting - TBD
  • Online comments - TBD
  • Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing - TBD
  • City Council Public Hearing and adoption of the zoning ordinance - TBD

Have a say in the future of Palestine Upcoming Events

Workshop 1 Downtown / Historic District 

Date, time, and location coming soon.

Workshop 2 Major Roads & Freeways

Date, time, and location coming soon.

Workshop 3 Neighborhood Design Guidelines

Date, time, and location coming soon.

Past Events