Planning

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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Planning News

Request for Qualifications

Through a Request for Qualifications ("RFQ"), the City of Mansfield, Texas, intends to select a consultant to provide program/project management services for a Future Land Use Plan.

Instructions for submitting a RFQ are available here. The scope of services describing the City's project expectations is available here

Important Dates

Last Day for Inquiries and Clarifications - October 3, 2022

Due Date of Qualifications / Opening of Qualifications - October 13, 2022 at 10am.

Short List Selected, Firms Notified - October 21, 2022

Presentations/Interviews (If Applicable) - Week of October 24, 2022

Questions about this RFQ should be directed to Jason Alexander, Director of Planning at jason.alexander@mansfieldtexas.gov. Please use the heading “Mansfield Future Land Use Plan Request for Qualifications Question” in your email. 


City Council adopts new landscaping and screening standards

The Mansfield City Council adopted new landscaping and screening regulations on July 11, 2022.  These new regulations set standards for the design, the construction, and the maintenance of landscape improvements for thoroughfares, open spaces, and new development. A copy of the new ordinance is available here.

South Mansfield Form-based Development District

Improvements to the City's zoning code continue with the adoption of the S, South Mansfield Form-based Development District (SOMA) classification. This new zoning district support a mix of uses with design elements for walkability, landscaping and places for outdoor activities.

A copy of the SOMA ordinance is available here.

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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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Plans and Ordinances

  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. 

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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Development Projects Map

Want to know what's being built in Mansfield? Check out the Development Projects Map. You can find information on zoning cases, projects under construction and new residential developments around town.

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