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Long-Range Planning

Goals and objectives identified in the Comprehensive Plan are formally organized into planning projects by the Development Services Department in order to devise practical implementation strategies to achieve these goals and objectives. Major long range planning projects related to the current comprehensive plan are outlined below with relevant links to additional information. For information about the purpose and/or status of these projects please contact the Development Services Department. All documents are in PDF format. Please click here to download Acrobat Reader.

Downtown Bryan Master Plan

Like most historic downtowns, Bryan has been impacted in past decades by changing market demands. Our downtown is unique; therefore, it is critical that extraordinary measures be focused towards reviving the greatness of Downtown Bryan that citizens once enjoyed. The Comprehensive Plan identified the need for a master plan to establish an innovative and unified vision for downtown Bryan. The resulting Master Plan is collaboration between the public, city staff, and consultants. Click on the links below to view and/or download the Downtown Master Plan and Façade Improvement Recommendations.

Façade Improvement Recommendations:

Central Business Corridor 

The Central Business Corridor Plan is one of the main implementation initiatives of the 1999 Comprehensive Plan. The Urban Design component of the Comprehensive Plan created the new designation of Central Business Corridor (CBC) to assign greater importance to Villa Maria/Briarcrest as a major east-west corridor and gateway to the City of Bryan. The CBC also connects the core of Bryan’s business community to the main growth areas and resort projects to the east and west.
The CBC Plan includes concepts and recommendations regarding land use strategies, streetscape standards, and street name options. The Bryan City Council adopted the Central Business Corridor Plan in August of 2001.

South College Revitalization

In order to restore the prominence of the historic South College Avenue corridor the City of Bryan initiated a comprehensive development effort. The corridor had been one of the major gateways into the city, as well a historic link between downtown Bryan and Texas A&M University. The revitalization plan, which was developed with extensive collaboration from the Brazos County Transportation District, local citizens, area professionals, and consultants, set the standard for redevelopment of properties along the avenue through implementing appropriate urban design principles and zoning overlays, as well as enhancement of public transportation, and infrastructure improvement and repair. The ultimate goal of the plan to transform South College Avenue into a viable thoroughfare and destination point for the Bryan/College Station community.


Health and Wellness Area Plan

Comprehensive Plan

On October 25, 2016 the Bryan City Council adopted by Ordinance number 2178, an updated Comprehensive Plan titled BluePrint 2040. Blueprint 2040 was adopted following a 15-month planning and public input process by the planning consultant, Freese and Nichols, Inc.

View the final draft plans:

The Comprehensive Plan is a long-term guide for the community that defines community values, identifies community opportunities and weaknesses, and provides direction on how and where the community should grow, develop and redevelop. The Parks Master Plan provides guidance on current and future parks and recreation facilities, including ways to enhance existing parks and how to plan for future needs. In addition to the recently adopted Comprehensive Plan, BluePrint 2040 also includes the Parks Master Plan and the West Area Plan.

A large component of the planning process included collecting citizen input and working with business owners, developers and City staff to determine existing conditions and areas for improvement. BluePrint 2040 includes the input collected during the public engagement portion of the update and highlights recommendations and actions pertaining to various City policies and programs. Some of the chapters of the Plan include:

  • Land Use
  • Municipal Services
  • Economy
  • Wellness
  • Education
  • Community Appearance
  • Transportation
  • Parks and Recreation

For more information please contact the Development Services Department at (979) 209-5030 or email or visit the Planning and Development Services webpage.

The Texas Local Government Code requires that cities wishing to govern land use within their corporate limits do so in accordance with a Comprehensive Plan. It is in the context of this plan that zoning ordinances and other development regulations can be adopted and have legal standing. This Comprehensive Plan assesses the growth that Bryan has experienced and estimates the likely growth that the city will have to manage in the future. New infrastructure and development is required to sustain the built environment and maintain the character and quality of life that make Bryan unique. A current and accurate plan is essential to this process. This Comprehensive Plan provides a vision to guide Bryan’s growth and development for the near term and for years to come.

This Plan has been prepared as a guide for Bryan’s future physical growth expressed through goals, objectives and policies. It is a decision making tool whereby proposals for land use can be evaluated in the context of the City’s long-term vision. The Plan is also a development strategy that provides a framework for identifying and scheduling essential capital projects constructed by both the private and public sectors. It is a flexible instrument able to be adjusted and amended as future conditions warrant that is readily comprehensible by residents and decision-makers. It is the framework for the establishment of zoning and other land regulatory tools.  Click on a title below to preview or download that section of the comprehensive plan.

The primary objectives of this plan are:

  • Manage growth in an orderly manner
  • Minimize conflict between land uses
  • Facilitate public and private development
  • Ensure the efficient delivery of public services
  • Increase the cost-effectiveness of capital improvements
  • Provide a rational and reasonable basis for making decisions about the community

This Plan includes policies and recommendations related to the various physical aspects of the community. These aspects are supported by a set of goals and objectives drawn from the desires and aspirations of the citizens. These goals and objectives are intended to maintain Bryan as an attractive place to live, work and raise a family. Each objective can be implemented by a specific set of action statements set forth in this plan.  All sections are in PDF format. Please click here to download Acrobat Reader.

The  Plan

Joint Gateways and Corridor Subcommittee Report

On April 30, 2009, the Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve the Common Gateways and Corridors Report. The report is the result of a series of meetings between a joint subcommittee comprised of Planning & Zoning Commissioners from the Cities of Bryan and College Station. The report evaluated land use, zoning, and connectivity in two areas of the community – South College Avenue/Northgate and University Drive East/Booneville Road.

Development Statistics & Reports

Monthly Building Reports


Other Planning Resources

Below are links to other planning agencies and organizations where additional information can be obtained regarding planning-related issues: