Planning

City Council implements major zoning overhaul of Historic Downtown Mansfield

On Oct. 11, 2021, the Mansfield City Council unanimously implemented a new code that rezones roughly 228 acres of land in Historic Downtown Mansfield in an effort to increase private investment in the area and protect the area's historic and cultural heritage.

Consistent with the community’s vision for restoring Historic Downtown Mansfield to its historic role as a center for commerce, culture and daily living, the D, Downtown District, is a form-based code that simultaneously expands living, working and gathering options in the area and preserves its historic character and aesthetic. The D, Downtown District supports the continued evolution and prosperity of Historic Downtown Mansfield by delivering a specific set of placemaking controls that guide the visual quality of the public realm, encourage a rich mix of activities and reinforce timeless principles for architecture.

The form-based standards of the D, Downtown District, are laid out in a document from the City of Mansfield’s Planning Department that you can read here

Watch the video below to learn why the D, Downtown District, is essential to the ongoing evolution of Historic Downtown Mansfield: 

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The Planning Department administers land use and subdivision regulations designed to encourage the development of safe, accessible and attractive properties and the enhancement of property values in Mansfield. The department also provides technical assistance on zoning and development matters that go before the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council.

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  1. Comprehensive Planning
  2. Development Ordinances
  3. Development Review

The Comprehensive Land Use Plan and special area plans represent the culmination of field studies, analyses and input from citizens and City staff regarding the present and future development of the city.

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ONLINE DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS:

The Planning Department no longer accepts development applications at the Planning counter at City Hall. Instead, residents, developers or consultants may submit Planning applications digitally.

Payments may be made with a credit card by phone or by sending a check by mail, Fedex or UPS. There is a 3% service charge for credit card payments. Payments must be received before an application will be reviewed by the City. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE APPLICATION DEADLINES HAVE NOT CHANGED.  Applications for plats, zoning changes, Specific Use Permits and Detailed Site Plans will only be accepted on the first and third Monday of each month from 8am to 12pm. The application calendars can be found at the Development Review link below.

Plat Applications

To make an application for a Plat, please submit the following through our digital application form at this link:

  • A scan of the Property Owner’s Representation Form if necessary, in PDF format
  • A PDF of the proposed plat
  • A digital copy (DWG) of the plat using the North American Datum 1983 (NAD 83), Texas State Plane - North Central Zone (4202), GRID Coordinates
  • A PDF of the following plans:
    • Construction plans for the construction of all necessary public infrastructure improvements to serve the proposed subdivision as required for the type of plat
    • Drainage Analysis to support the drainage improvements proposed in the construction documents
    • Access Plan and Traffic Impact Analysis as required
    • Community Improvement Plans (residential subdivision landscape and hardscape plans) as necessary
    • Tree Survey as required by Landscape Administrator

Zoning-Related Applications

To make an application for a Zoning Change, Specific Use Permit or Detailed Site Plan, please submit the following through our digital application form at this link:

  • A scan of the Property Owner’s Representation Form if necessary, in PDF format
  • A PDF of the legal description of the property
  • A digital copy (DWG) of the property boundaries using the North American Datum 1983 (NAD 83), Texas State Plane - North Central Zone (4202), GRID Coordinates.
  • A PDF copy of the proposed Development Plan
  • A PDF copy of the Building Elevations
  • A PDF of the Landscape Plan
  • A PDF of the Sign Plan
  • A PDF of the following plans:
  • Preliminary Water and Sanitary Sewer Layout
  • Preliminary Drainage Plan
  • Traffic Impact Analysis
  • Preliminary Storm Water Management Site Plan
  • Tree Survey as required by Landscape Administrator

APPLICATIONS FOR THE ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT ARE ONLY ACCEPTED ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 8AM to 12PM.

Zoning Board of Adjustment Applications

To make an application for a variance, Special Exception or appeal to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, please submit the following through our digital application form at this link:

  • A scan of the Property Owner’s Representation Form if necessary, in PDF format
  • A letter explaining the request to the Board
  • A plot plan or site plan showing the location of any existing or proposed buildings or structures involved in the request
  • Elevations showing the proposed building or structure with dimensions for width, depth and height (measured from the ground to the highest point of the structure)
  • Any other maps, information or graphics to support your request

Development Review Committee (DRC) Meeting Request

To schedule a Development Review Committee (DRC) meeting,  please use this form. The Planning Department will contact you to schedule a meeting once the completed form has been submitted with ALL required items.  The DRC meets every Wednesday morning, with time slots at 9, 10, and 11am.  Meetings are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

Online Applications

Online development applications may be found in the Forms Center. If you need assistance with an application, contact us at 817-276-4229. 

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Explore development projects being proposed and built in Mansfield on our Development Projects Map.