Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map & Future Land Use Plan Map Update

The revised Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map and Future Land Use Plan Map will reflect both current and projected market and neighborhood conditions, as well as incorporate best practices for development regulation.


ZONING ORDINANCE AND ZONING MAP

The Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map help shape the future development across the City. The last time the City’s Zoning Ordinance and map were updated was in 1996 and much has changed since then. Cleburne has experienced significant growth and has evolved into the city it is today.

 See the proposed Zoning Ordinance Update document 

See the proposed Zoning Map

INTERACTIVE ZONING MAP

Want to find out what your property is zoned? The City of Cleburne has created a user-friendly Interactive Map where you can learn about your property’s zoning district. Click on the “Check Your Zoning Here” button below and enter in your address into the search bar to navigate to your property. A pop-up box will direct you to a pamphlet that has information about your zoning district, dimensional standards, design features and more. 

What does this mean for my property that is already developed? Your property is considered “grandfathered” which means you can continue to use your property as you are today.

A button with the text CHECK YOUR ZONING HERE 

FUTURE LAND USE PLAN

What is a “Future Land Use Plan”? The Future Land Use Plan (FLUP), which is part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, is a high-level, 30,000-foot view of the City and serves as a guiding document, not a regulating document like a zoning map or zoning ordinance. It is a comprehensive blueprint of Cleburne’s vision for its future development pattern. The Future Land Use Plan has two components: A Map and Land Use Categories.

The Future Land Use Plan Map designates various districts within the City for particular land uses, such as residential, commercial or industrial. It is essential to note that the Future Land Use Plan Map is not a Zoning Map, which legally regulates specific development requirements on individual pieces of land. Rather, the Future Land Use Plan Map is a tool that is utilized when determining if a rezoning request is compatible with the district and neighborhood in which it is located. The Future Land Use Plan Categories designate the types of uses that are considered compatible within each district as depicted on the Future Land Use Plan Map. The Future Land Use Plan Map and Land Use Categories work in harmony to provide the City with a foundation for future development that maintains the character of Cleburne.

See the proposed Future Land Use Plan Map

See the proposed Future Land Use Plan Categories document

INTERACTIVE FUTURE LAND USE MAP

Want to find out what Land Use Category your property is in? The City of Cleburne has created a user-friendly Interactive Map where you can learn about your property’s land use category. Click on the “Check Your Land Use Category Here” button below and enter in your address into the search bar to navigate to your property. A pop-up box will direct you to a pamphlet that has information about your land use category.

Interactive Land Use Map Button

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

The community will have opportunities to provide input throughout the project. The public outreach plan includes opportunities for community members, business owners, property owners, elected and appointed officials, and other stakeholders to remain engaged and to provide input throughout the process. These include stakeholder interviews, a community open house, and public meetings with the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. 

Zoning Update Open House Square Web Graphic

Have a question about this project? Send an email to ZoningUpdate@cleburne.net.


PROJECT TIMELINE & SCHEDULE 

July 23, 2020Kick Off Meeting - Meeting Open to the Public
August 6, 2020Stakeholder Interviews - Meeting Open to the Public
September 24, 2020Community Open House 6pm - 8pm - Cleburne Conference Center
October 15, 2020Joint Workshop with Planning & Zoning and City Council - Meeting Open to the Public
February 3, 2021Feedback Meeting #1 with Zoning Ord. Advisory Committee - Meeting Open to the Public
April 23, 2021Feedback Meeting #2 with Zoning Ord. Advisory Committee - Meeting Open to the Public
July 22, 2021Feedback Meeting #3 with Zoning Ord. Advisory Committee - Meeting Open to the Public
August 26, 2021Feedback Meeting #4 with Zoning Ord. Advisory Committee - Meeting Open to the Public
September 28, 2021Joint Workshop with Planning & Zoning and City Council - Meeting Open to the Public
October 13, 2021Community Open House 6pm - 8pm - Cleburne Conference Center
October 25, 2021Public Hearing with Planning & Zoning Commission - 6:30pm at City Hall
November 9, 2021Public Hearing with City Council for Ordinance Adoption - 5pm at City Hall

City staff will provide dates when available. This projected timeline is subject to change.

Project Overview

Zoning Map of CleburneThe City of Cleburne is undergoing the process to revise its Zoning Ordinance to modernize and simplify the ordinance and update regulations through a strategic and community-based process.

What is a Zoning Ordinance? 

The Zoning Ordinance is a section of the City’s Code of Ordinances that regulates the development of buildings, activities, and land use. Zoning is use based; it determines what use you can have on a property such as a house or business. Zoning is regulatory; it determines how high a building can be, or how far away from the street it should be. The purpose of the update to the Zoning Ordinance is to comprehensively revise the city-wide zoning regulations to shape future growth with clear community vision.

Why is the update needed? 

The City last updated its Zoning Ordinance almost twenty-five years ago in 1996. A lot has changed in that time. Cleburne has experienced significant growth and has evolved into the city it is today. However, the existing Zoning Ordinance is outdated and inconsistent with the vision and goals set forth in the 2014 Comprehensive Plan. The revised Zoning Ordinance will reflect both current and projected market and neighborhood conditions, as well as incorporate best practices for development regulation. These regulations will serve as a tool to maintain and enhance the character of our community; promote and protect the public health, safety, and welfare of Cleburne; conserve property values; promote orderly growth; and encourage appropriate investment of land and structures throughout the city.

The primary goal of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance Update is to revise, clarify and simplify the ordinance.

The new Zoning Ordinance will:

  • Be user-friendly and easier to understand
  • Allow for streamlined development review
  • Provide clearer procedures
  • Evaluate Zoning Ordinance needs of the City
  • Align changes with the Comprehensive Plan
  • Update Zoning Districts

About Freese and Nichols Inc.

The City is working with Freese and Nichols Inc. (FNI) to conduct a comprehensive review, analysis, and update of the Zoning Ordinance and development-related regulations. The Fort Worth-based company has been in business for 126 years. Its staff has completed numerous zoning ordinances for cities of all sizes, including Waxahachie, Cedar Hill, and Midland. 

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Project Kick-Off Meeting - July 23, 2020
The City held a project kick-off meeting on Thursday, July 23, 2020. The goal of this meeting is for FNI to provide a project overview, including the scope and project schedule, and preliminary findings from their initial review of the City’s existing Zoning Ordinance to City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Zoning Ordinance Update Advisory Committee.

Public Community Open House - September 24, 2020
The City hosted a Community Open House from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W Henderson St. Attendees participated in a public input exercise, had the opportunity to ask city staff and the consultants questions and provide input on the preliminary findings of the City's existing Zoning Ordinance. Click on the image below to view the presentation given by the consultants during the Open House.

Open House Presentation Picture

Joint Workshop with Planning & Zoning and City Council - October 15, 2020
Following the September 2020 Community Open House, the consultants prepared a comprehensive assessment of the City’s current Zoning Ordinance, presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council at a Joint Workshop. This workshop was held on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W Henderson St. The purpose of this meeting was for the consultant to present the final draft of the Diagnostic Report, before moving to the second phase of the project which involves drafting the ordinance language. Review the Diagnostic Report document.

Feedback Meetings with the Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee - February - August 2021
The City Council established the Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee to assist city staff and the consultant in making recommendations on the draft Zoning Ordinance and Zoning & Future Land Use Maps. A series of feedback meetings were held with the Advisory Committee from February through August 2021.

Joint Workshop with Planning & Zoning and City Council - September 28, 2021
The consultants prepared a comprehensive overview of the final drafts of the Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map and Future Land Use Plan Map, presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council at a Joint Workshop. This workshop was held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at the City Hall, 10 N. Robinson St., immediately following the regular City Council meeting. The purpose of this meeting was for the consultant to present the final drafts of the Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map and Future Land Use Plan Map, prior to the upcoming Community Open House and adoption date.