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Posted on: July 22, 2020

Zoning Ordinance Update Kick-Off scheduled for July 23

Zoning Map of Cleburne

The City will hold a Zoning Ordinance Update project kick-off at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at the Cleburne Conference Center.

The 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 However, the existing Zoning Ordinance is outdated and inconsistent with the vision and goals set forth in the 2014 Comprehensive Plan.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 Process

The City is embarking on the 12-month process of updating the zoning ordinance and zoning map to establish modern regulations that will allow the city to better achieve its goals and vision as outlined in Cleburne’s comprehensive plan. 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


Freese and Nichols Inc. has been tasked with assisting our community in developing the updates and will provide a project overview at the kick-off meeting. Their presentation will include a review of the project scope and schedule, and preliminary findings from their initial review of the existing Zoning Ordinance. This information will be presented to our elected and appointed citizens serving on City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Zoning Ordinance Update Advisory Committee.

This meeting will be open to the public.  A public hearing is not scheduled as part of the agenda; however, the City will seek broader public input at various stages throughout the process.

Following the kick-off meeting, the consultants will conduct stakeholder meetings and then prepare a comprehensive assessment of the City’s current Zoning Ordinance. This information will be presented at a Community Open House, and then to the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. This should take place in the fall.

Learn more about the Zoning Ordinance Update

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