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 Planning and Development Services Department

About | Philosophy | Planning & Zoning | Platting | Development Services 
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Planning Spotlight

Development projects in progress in Downtown Round Rock

City working on consolidated Development Code

Planning News

City wins statewide planning award for Downtown Mixed-Use Zoning Districts

December 2014 population estimate: 103,546

Upcoming Meetings

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting
1/7/2015 - 7:00 PM

Brad Wiseman
Brad Wiseman

The Planning and Development Services Department is responsible for comprehensive long range planning, zoning, platting, development review services, historic preservation, building inspection and code enforcement.

About the Department  
The Department’s goal is to improve the built environment and quality of life in Round Rock by establishing and implementing quality standards for new development and by encouraging maintenance, preservation and reinvestment in older parts of the city. Please browse our website for useful information. We value your input so feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or suggestions.

Development Philosophy 
The Planning and Development Services Department operates under the guidance of the City’s Development Philosophy which emphasizes customer service to facilitate the timely review and approval of projects, as well as ensuring that stakeholders are included in the development of regulatory ordinances.

Development Philosophy Statement (adopted 2010):   
Round Rock’s goal of a prosperous economy requires successful development. To be the City of Choice for entrepreneurs and development professionals, our city and its employees commit to provide an unmatched level of service. We appreciate your decision to invest in Round Rock, and take very seriously our role in participating in your success. Round Rock – The City of Choice for those committed to Making It Happen.

Successful Development   
To facilitate Successful Development, the City commits to the following goals:

  • Provide superior and efficient development services by utilizing specific service target measurements to remain competitive
  • Develop and maintain respectful effective working relationships with the development community
  • Provide clear and understandable development standards (i.e. ordinances, policies, and processes) that are easily accessible
  • Utilize appropriate technology to enhance communication and efficiencies
  • Strive for cost and time efficiencies for the City and development community
  • Seek and value the input of all stakeholders when considering ordinance and process changes
  • Timely consider and research the economic impact of regulation changes prior to their adoption
  • Recognize the benefits of creativity, while clearly defining expected standards of quality

Customer Service Commitment

To provide an exceptional service, the City commits to the following:

  • Provide prompt and courteous service by qualified staff members who recognize the economic implications of their decisions
  • Communicate in a timely, helpful, and professional manner
  • Timely respond to requests for communication and information
  • Welcome the opportunity to meet at any point in the process
  • Recognize that the economics of development are a critical factor and react accordingly
  • Be consistent in our application of development standards
  • Provide consistent direction from all departments
  • Provide documented code references when changes are required
  • Provide an environment of cooperation that encourages open discussion and clear guidance on how you can appeal decisions to the next level of authority
  • Continuously strive to improve – Making It Happen

Long Range Planning and Zoning
The Long Range Planning and Zoning Division assists in guiding the growth of the city by means of the policies set forth in the General Plan. This division also provides research and analyses to assist the City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission in making zoning and other land use decisions. 

Subdivision Platting
Subdivision platting is the division of property into legal lots that conform to the specifications outlined in the city’s Subdivision Ordinance. The Subdivision Platting Division acts as coordinator and facilitator for this interdepartmental review process.

Development Services
The Development Services Division conducts the predevelopment conferences required of all development projects and administers development review of engineering functions, including subdivision improvementssite development, zoning standards, landscaping, and forestry.

Building Permits and Inspections  
The Building Permits and Inspections Division is responsible for processing building permits and inspections of all building construction. As of Sept. 23, 2103, the B&I Division is located at 301 W. Bagdad Ave.

Historic Preservation
Round Rock is home to a number of sites designated as Historic Landmarks and several homes listed in the National Historic Register of Historic Places. The Historic Preservation Program aims to preserve and maintain historically significant structures in Round Rock through various programs and incentives.

Code Enforcement
The Code Enforcement Division ensures properties are maintained in accordance with adopted nuisance codes, the Zoning Ordinance, and all other applicable City codes. Here are common code violations we handle, and other issues we are called on to address.

Department Newsletters
The City of Round Rock publishes the Development News e-newsletter for professionals in the land development community. The newsletter contains information on application process changes, ordinance revisions and issues for land development professionals. It is published as needed.

Also see our print newsletter:
Planning & Development Services Department Newsletter - January 2014   
Planning & Development Services Department Newsletter - May 2013   
Planning & Development Services Department Newsletter - October 2012   
Planning & Development Services Department Newsletter - February 2012

Planning and Development Services
301 W. Bagdad Avenue, Suite 210
Round Rock, Texas  78664
Phone: (512) 218-5428
Fax: (512) 218-3286

Building Permits & Inspections Division
301 W. Bagdad Ave., first floor
Round Rock, Texas  78664
Phone: (512) 218-5550
Fax: (512) 218-5563

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