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A New Zoning Code for a More Effective Comprehensive Plan

Amarillo, a city of nearly 200,000 residents located in the Texas Panhandle, will rewrite its zoning ordinance for the first time in over 50 years.
March 15, 2019, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Amarillo, Texas is updating its zoning ordinance for the first time in over 50 years, reports Douglas Clark.

The City Council approved a contract with Missouri and South Carolina-based White & Smith, LLC, "to assist the city with completing a comprehensive review, analysis and rewrite of the city’s zoning ordinance and other related ordinances," according to Clark.

The primary goal of the zoning code rewrite, as expressed by local officials quoted in the article, is a desire to match the implementation tools of the zoning code with the vision established by the city's comprehensive plan.

Andrew Freeman, the city’s director of Planning and Development Services, is quoted in the article saying the following: "It’s more about implementing the comprehensive plan, ensuring it fits our city zoning ordinance and meets the goals and objectives of that plan…It’s also an opportunity to look at new best practices and more code updates. We can revise some of that language from the past and clean up definitions."

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Published on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Statesman
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