While many cities are defined by large, iconic buildings, San Angelo distinguishes itself with vibrant neighborhoods. San Angelo's strength, diversity and vitality are all rooted in its neighborhoods, where pride and cultures are cherished and celebrated. Although each neighborhood has its own personality and distinct appeal, all of the neighborhoods demonstrate San Angelo's rich West Texas history, heritage and diversity.
The Planning & Development Services Department is responsible for preserving and maintaining San Angelo's historic, diverse neighborhoods by facilitating orderly growth and development. The department is comprised of the Office of the Director and three divisions.
Streamlining development processes is one of the City Council's five approved priorities. Learn more by clicking here.
Development Services consists of five staff members who are responsible for the direction and administration of the Planning & Development Services Department, consisting of the Planning, Building Permits and Inspections, Geographic Information Systems, and Engineering Services divisions.
Additionally, this group provides direct support to the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) and the Downtown Development Commission (DDC). Other activities include the facilitation and management of land development processes, fostering partnerships with community groups and neighborhoods, collaboration with City departments and local officials, as well as oversight of special projects relating to community growth. Also, initiatives to streamline procedures, enhance customer experiences and manage special projects relating to downtown and to Lake Nasworthy are handled within this office.
Efforts to increase communication between the development community and City staff - for example, the creation of a Development Task Force - are a primary area of focus.
Other priorities include implementation of a downtown master development plan and a Lake Nasworthy area plan.
The downtown master development plan was presented to and approved by the Downtown Development Commission on Dec. 16, 2013 - and then presented to and approved by the City Council the following day. It, along with an analysis prepared in 2011 by City staff, will serve as guiding documents for revitalization within the Downtown Development District. An update to this plan, the City Center master development update, was approved by the Downtown Development Commission on May 12, 2015 - and then presented to and approved by the City Council on June 2, 2015.
The Lake Nasworthy area plan was presented to the City Council on Nov. 5, 2013, and approved 6-0 as an amendment to the city's comprehensive land use plan.
From the owners of the Old Central Firehouse
"What started out as a 'project' has turned into a passion. The firehouse will be our home, it will be a place where people can get away and can come spend quality time. We are so excited to live downtown and to own a business downtown."
"Since we have started the work on the firehouse, we have been blessed by the support of the community and people we don't even know. We have had people stop by who worked at the firehouse years ago, we have been given memorabilia from the firehouse, we have had people share their stories of school field trips to the firehouse and playing ball in the back field where the park is now. This is more than just a project to us now. This is a place for our family and friends to come together and where we will meet many new friends in the coming years. This is more than just a building or a business to us."
"I would also like to say what a beautiful park we have behind us. We are so proud of the Fireman's Memorial Park (that we refer to as our backyard). We have landscapers (the City) come once a week to mow and trim and clean. We have seen City workers polish the statue by hand. The amount of pride the City has for the park shows and does not go unnoticed and we appreciate it!"
"I would like to say the City as a whole (every department we have worked with so far) has been great! This is a big project and an old building, and we are sort of new at this, so we were not sure what to expect. What we got was kind, genuine help. When we had a question, it was answered. When we needed help, we got it. When we needed to brainstorm to find an answer, that's what we did with the City's help. The City has made this project go a lot smoother than we anticipated going in."
"We could not have gotten this far without the City. Thank you all for making your job more than just a job. Thank you for your support and kind words, and I cannot wait for you to come see what our hard work and your help and hard work has done!" -- Michele (and Jody) Babiash
The Planning Division assists and guides citizens and City leaders toward more productive, orderly and attractive patterns of physical and economic development that enhances the quality of life in San Angelo. The Planning Division serves as liaison to the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Design & Historic Review Commission.
Building Permits & Inspections
Building Permits & Inspections Division serves and assists the public with various development-related projects through outstanding permitting and inspection services that protect the public's interest in property and the lives and safety of citizens. This goal is accomplished through achieving compliance with applicable codes through education and excellent customer service. This division also serves as liaison to the Construction Board of Adjustments & Appeals.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division provides and maintains high-quality geospatial information to support the activities of the City of San Angelo. Efforts of the GIS allow for a higher level of service to its citizens and staff by assisting in the decision-making and planning processes.
The City's GIS mapping capabilities are utilized in all of these efforts, as well as in the management of city resources, amenities and properties.