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The City of Garland is legally required to have and maintain a comprehensive plan. Garland's first comprehensive plan was developed in the 1960s. The most recent plan was initially developed in the 1980s and has been periodically updated. Envision Garland is the next comprehensive plan that addresses the community's future through 2030.
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The Planning Department is located at:800 Main Street2nd floor of the Main Street Municipal BuildingGarland, TX 75040
Private property land surveys are not retained by the Planning Department. A professional land surveyor prepares and would provide services for private property land surveys. Professional land surveyors can be found by searching on the internet or at the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying’s Roster search internet site.
These may be available with the Building Inspection Department which you can call 972-205-2300 or visit their office at:800 Main StreetGarland, TX 75040
The development process is described in the Garland Development Code and is summarized in the Development Permitting Center resource.
The Garland Development Code can be found online.
Allowed uses can be found in Chapter 2, Section 2.52 of the Garland Development Code.
The City’s website has a portal of City Maps, one of which is the Garland Development Code Zoning Map. Look on that map to identify the property’s zoning.
Once the property and its zoning is identified, check for zoning regulations in the Garland Development Code. If the property contains a “PD” or “S” label on the Garland Development Code Zoning Map, then research the property’s Ordinance.
Request a pre-submittal meeting by completing and submitting a pre-submittal application form (PDF).
View a list of the current development fees (PDF).
The Planning Department staff can help you identify future development, call Development Planning staff at 972-205-2445.
It is important that your response includes your property address, your name, and mailing address. To convey any concerns or opinions you can submit your comments by visiting the Active Zoning Cases to submit any comments on an active zoning case. You may also mail your comment form to:
City of Garland Planning DepartmentP.O. Box 469002Garland, TX 75046-9002
You may also bring your comment form to the Planning Department in person to:800 Main StreetGarland, TX 75040
The Plan Commission approves subdivision plats and variances to development standards and makes recommendations regarding zoning change requests, and advises the City Council regarding comprehensive planning, special studies and ordinance amendments.
Plan Commission Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, unless otherwise re-scheduled.
Plan Commission meetings are held at the following address unless otherwise relocated:Council Chambers of the William E. Dollar Municipal Building (City Hall)200 N Fifth StreetGarland, TX 75040
All agendas are posted on the City of Garland's website in the Agenda Center.
Plan Commission minutes are available in Garland's Agenda Center.
Copies of all ordinances and plats are available at the Planning and Development Center.
General maintenance of landscaping is allowed. However, the Garland Development Code requires that landscaping be maintained as living plants and that where a landscape plan has been approved through the City then the approved materials must be in conformity with the approved landscape plan.
View information regarding Garland population and demographics.
A comprehensive plan is a written document identifying goals, policies, and strategies for the growth and development of a community. The plan reflects community values and provides a guide for making land use changes, planning capital improvement programs, and directing future growth. Comprehensive plans often address the topics of:
Most importantly, the plan should address those opportunities and issues that will affect the city's growth, development, and vitality in the future.
The Envision Garland plan does not impact current zoning regulations or property usage. A comprehensive plan is a written document identifying goals, policies, and strategies for the growth and development of a community. The plan reflects the community's vision for its future and provides a guide for making future decisions.
Garland citizens and the City of Garland have been working together on Envision Garland for over two years. Several hundred Garland stakeholders have participated in the formulation of Envision Garland. Their hopes and vision for our community's future have been sought by the City through surveys, community workshops, and other public outreach activities. Local Garland stakeholder input and vision is the foundation of Envision garland, and that public support has been invaluable.
A summary of public input methods and events can be reviewed through three documents: the Citywide Opinion Survey (PDF), the Community Visioning Workshop Report (PDF), and the Growing the Vision Workshop Series Report (PDF).
In November 2010, we hosted a series of open house events to showcase the preliminary concepts for neighborhoods, activity centers, and employment districts in the future. The Plan Commission has hosted a series of public hearings on Envision Garland to discuss the draft comprehensive plan. Future public hearings will be advertised and posted as they are scheduled.