Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map & Future Land Use Plan Map
On Tuesday. April 12, 2022, the City Council adopted an update to its Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map and Future Land Use Map in an effort to modernize and simplify the ordinance and update regulations through a strategic and community-based process. The City last updated its Zoning Ordinance in 1996 and lot has changed in that time. Cleburne has experienced significant growth and has evolved into the city it is today.
Zoning Ordinance Project Overview
This overview provides a brief walkthrough of the Zoning Ordinance and its components, including the Zoning Map and Future Land Use Plan.
The consultant for the project, Freese and Nichols, summarized the Zoning Ordinance update in this article, which details the inception, process and execution of adopting Cleburne's Zoning Ordinance.
View the Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map, and Future Land Use Plan Walkthrough here.
What is the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map?
The Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map help shape the future development across the City. 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 updated Zoning Ordinance reflects both current and projected market and neighborhood conditions, as well as incorporates 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 updated Zoning Ordinance is user-friendly, provides clear regulations that are easy to understand and streamlines the development process for the community. A copy of the Zoning Ordinance is available here.
What is the 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.
Have a question about the Zoning Ordinance? Give us a call at 817-645-0947 or 817-556-8811 or send us an email to [email protected]. This email is monitored by staff and will be active for questions/comments/feedback.
Interactive Maps, Schedules and Meetings
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.
Interactive Future Land Use Map
Project Timeline and Schedule
|July 23, 2020||Kick Off Meeting - Meeting Open to the Public|
|August 6, 2020||Stakeholder Interviews - Meeting Open to the Public|
|September 24, 2020||Community Open House 6pm - 8pm - Cleburne Conference Center|
|October 15, 2020||Joint Workshop with Planning & Zoning and City Council - Meeting Open to the Public|
|February 3, 2021||Feedback Meeting #1 with Zoning Ord. Advisory Committee - Meeting Open to the Public|
|April 23, 2021||Feedback Meeting #2 with Zoning Ord. Advisory Committee - Meeting Open to the Public|
|July 22, 2021||Feedback Meeting #3 with Zoning Ord. Advisory Committee - Meeting Open to the Public|
|August 26, 2021||Feedback Meeting #4 with Zoning Ord. Advisory Committee - Meeting Open to the Public|
|September 28, 2021||Joint Workshop with Planning & Zoning and City Council - Meeting Open to the Public|
|October 13, 2021||Community Open House 6pm - 8pm - Cleburne Conference Center|
|October 25, 2021||Public Hearing with Planning & Zoning Commission - 6:30pm at City Hall|
|November 9, 2021||Public Hearing with City Council for Ordinance Adoption - 5pm at City Hall|
|January 18 & 20, 2022|
February 15 & 17, 2022
|Residential Property Open Houses 6pm - 8pm - Cleburne Conference Center|
Non-Residential Property/Overlay Open Houses 6pm - 8pm - Cleburne Conference Center
|February 8, 2022||Public Hearing at City Council to Discuss Residential Property - 5pm at City Hall|
|March 8, 2022||Public Hearing at City Council to Discuss Non-Residential/Overlay Property - 5pm at City Hall|
|March 28, 2022||Zoning Ord. Advisory Committee Meeting - Cleburne Conference Center - 12pm - 5pm|
|April 12, 2022||Public Hearing with City Council for Ordinance Adoption|
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.
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.