The purpose of a subdivision or plat is to ensure that adequate infrastructure (transportation, water, drainage, utilities, parks, public facilities, etc.) is provided to serve a proposed development. In addition to subdivision and development and platting procedures, this program is responsible for processing all annexation applications.
The purpose of zoning is to protect the public’s health, safety and general welfare and is an important tool for implementing the City’s long range plans. Property must be zoned for a given use before a building permit will be issued and development plans for the property must comply with the applicable standards for that zoning district.
LONG RANGE PROGRAM
The purpose of the Long Range program is to develop and implement goals, policies and plans related to the future growth and development of our City and the region. In addition the Long Range Program, administers the SmartCode land development ordinance, an alternative to conventional zoning adopted in 2008 to encourage “smart growth” development patterns that include walkable neighborhoods with a mix of densities and uses.
Planners representing each of these programs are available at the One-Stop-Shop to answer questions and provide information to customers regarding current and long range planning issues. In addition, the Planning Counter at the One-Stop-Shop serves as the intake and initial review point for all Subdivision, Zoning and SmartCode applications.
The City Development Department’s Planning Division is responsible for the City of El Paso’s long range and current planning efforts to ensure compliance with the City’s Comprehensive Plan,