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Planning and Development Services Latest News

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Welcome to the Planning and Development Services Latest News roundup!

Here you’ll find the most recent updates, and archived articles, dealing with the City of Bryan’s Development Services Department.

You’ll also find a ton of helpful information including public meeting announcements, surveys about proposed projects, planning and development milestones, and useful tips that will help make your next interaction with with the members of our department a piece of cake.

Latest News from the Development Services Department

Bryan Welcomes New Staff Planner – Katie Williams
January 22, 2019

Bryan Welcomes New Staff Planner – Katie Williams

On December 10, 2018, the Development Services Department welcomed a new team member – Staff Planner Katie Williams. Katie is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy. Her Master’s degree focus was on urban design […]

Passport to Financial Wellness Credit Fair November 1st
October 12, 2018

Passport to Financial Wellness Credit Fair November 1st

Bank on Brazos Valley (BOBV), an educational outreach program designed to improve the financial stability of individuals and families in our community, will host the “Passport to Financial Wellness” Credit Fair at the Neal Recreation Center. This is a “come and go” event where you can learn about smart savings, improving your credit, and jumpstarting your child’s interest in financial success.

Keep Brazos Beautiful Recognizes Bryan Grant Program
June 1, 2018

Keep Brazos Beautiful Recognizes Bryan Grant Program

The Corridor Beautification Partnership was established in January 2017 in response to citizen concern for the appearance and economic vitality of the Texas Avenue corridor.

Roof Repairs: Make Sure Your Contractor Does the Job Right
April 19, 2018

Roof Repairs: Make Sure Your Contractor Does the Job Right

Don’t get stuck with shoddy roof repairs, or get scammed by an unethical contractor. Here’s info you need so you can find a reputable contractor and insure the repair work is done right.

Downtown Bryan Awarded “Great Place in Texas”
April 2, 2018

Downtown Bryan Awarded “Great Place in Texas”

Historic Downtown Bryan illustrates what it means to be “great” through design, functionality, sustainability, character, quality, and community participation.

Redevelopment Success Story
March 1, 2018

Redevelopment Success Story

A property once condemned by the City of Bryan’s Building and Standards Commission now stands as one of the City’s most recent success stories.

Bryan City Council to Consider “Detached Shared Housing” Ordinance February 13, 2018
February 9, 2018

Bryan City Council to Consider “Detached Shared Housing” Ordinance February 13, 2018

For the last 13 months, a Planning and Zoning Commission subcommittee has been researching solutions to address land use and structures commonly referred to as “stealth dorms”, i.e., by-the-room occupancy of single-family homes in established Bryan neighborhoods. Click to view the Subcommittee’s recommendation to the Planning and Zoning Commission. On September 21, 2017, the Planning […]

City of Bryan Planning Department Wins Back-to-Back Statewide Recognition for Excellence
January 10, 2018

City of Bryan Planning Department Wins Back-to-Back Statewide Recognition for Excellence

Congratulations to our Development Services staff for working hard to serve citizens well! Only a few Texas cities were selected to receive this honor last year.

September 22, 2017

P&Z Commission Votes to Recommend Approval of Proposed Stealth Dorms Text Amendment

Learn more about the proposed amendments.

Stealth Dorm Subcommittee Invites Citizens to Public Meeting
September 15, 2017

Stealth Dorm Subcommittee Invites Citizens to Public Meeting

Listen to a presentation and ask questions about the proposed amendments.

Petition Threshold Lowered for R-NC Zoning Requests
August 30, 2017

Petition Threshold Lowered for R-NC Zoning Requests

City Council voted to lower percentage of property-owner ‘yes’ votes needed from 66% to 58%.

July 31, 2017

Planning and Zoning Stealth Dorm Subcommittee Reports Findings, Makes Plans for Additional Citizen Input

This past January, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) formed a citizen subcommittee in response to concerns about the increase in requests to re-subdivide lots and the use of by-the-room occupancy rental properties, often leased by unrelated tenants, in established neighborhoods. After holding two public input meetings and reviewing each of the 288 citizen surveys […]

April 19, 2017

Building and Standards Commission Agendas

Archived Agendas from the Bryan Building and Standards Commission

April 17, 2017

Bryan Citizens Invited to Second Public Input Meeting on Stealth Dorms

A second public meeting will be held on April 26 at the Brazos Center for citizens to ask questions and give feedback on by-the-room rental housing.

March 20, 2017

Rental Housing in Established Neighborhoods (RHEN) Housing Survey

The City of Bryan has seen an increase in the re-subdivision of lots in established neighborhoods for the construction of single-family homes, which are often used as rental housing.

March 16, 2017

Bryan Citizens Invited to Public Input Meeting Concerning Rental Housing in Established Neighborhoods

The public input meeting will discuss the subject of by-the-room rental housing in established neighborhoods. Please attend and provide feedback.

January 30, 2017

Broadmoor & Nash Roundabout Customer Satisfaction Survey

Our roundabout satisfaction survey is now closed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and opinions with us about the roundabout at Broadmoor Drive and Nash Street. This information will help the City of Bryan in installing a permanent roundabout at this intersection.

Corridor Beautification Partnership: Texas Avenue
January 25, 2017

Corridor Beautification Partnership: Texas Avenue

The Bryan City Council has approved a new grant program – the Corridor Beautification Partnership. The goal of this partnership is to use matching funds to renovate and improve the visual impact of the properties along Texas Avenue. This grant is available to all retail, commercial, and multiple-family property owners located on Texas Avenue in […]

Join us in Welcoming, Allison Kay, Staff Planner
January 10, 2017

Join us in Welcoming, Allison Kay, Staff Planner

On January 3, the Development Services Department welcomed a new team member, Staff Planner Allison Kay. Allison is a graduate from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and minor in Geography. Allison also completed the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems this past May from Texas A&M. In her spare time […]

State of the City 2016: Why Bryan? Because It’s Just Better.
November 8, 2016

State of the City 2016: Why Bryan? Because It’s Just Better.

Bryan is a great place to live, to work, and to visit. So when someone asks you the question, “Why Bryan?,” proudly tell them, “Because it’s just better.”

City of Bryan Planning Department Wins Statewide Recognition for Excellence
October 24, 2016

City of Bryan Planning Department Wins Statewide Recognition for Excellence

The City of Bryan Planning Department was recently selected as a recipient of the 2016 Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association. This award recognizes planning departments that increase community awareness of the importance of planning, aid in economic development, and assist with the overall image of […]

October 12, 2016

Planning and Zoning Commission Agendas

Current meeting agendas for the Bryan Planning and Zoning Commission in our Board Docs agenda management system.

October 3, 2016

State Survey on Accessible Parking

One of the important functions of the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) is to make recommendations to the Governor and legislature on issues related to Texans with disabilities. House Bill 1317 (84th Regular Session) charged the GCPD, in coordination with disability advocacy groups and disability-related organizations, to create a report on the […]

Life Safety Grant: Frequently Asked Questions
September 30, 2016

Life Safety Grant: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Life Safety Grant Program? In an effort to encourage private investment in redevelopment of commercial and multi-family uses downtown, the City of Bryan is offering a matching grant program for the installation of life safety improvements. Life safety improvements are construction improvements required by current fire and building codes; such as, sprinkler […]

Planning Division Welcomes New Staff Planner
September 15, 2016

Planning Division Welcomes New Staff Planner

On August 15, 2016, the Development Services Department welcomed a new team member, Staff Planner Lindsay Hackett. Lindsay is a graduate from Texas A&M University with a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning. Lindsay’s Master’s degree focus was on poverty alleviation and affordable sustainability. Her previous work experience includes the City of Bryan’s Community Development Department […]

Final Drafts of 2016 Comprehensive Plan and Parks Master Plan to be Presented to Planning and Zoning Commission, Parks Advisory Board
September 15, 2016

Final Drafts of 2016 Comprehensive Plan and Parks Master Plan to be Presented to Planning and Zoning Commission, Parks Advisory Board

Following a 15-month planning and public input process, Freese and Nichols, Inc., the planning consultant, is now presenting the final draft plan, Blueprint 2040, for review by the Planning and Zoning Commission and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. With the recommendation from both advisory boards, the City Council will consider adopting the Plan during its […]

August 10, 2016

City of Bryan to Unveil Proposed Comprehensive, Parks Master Plans at “Big Reveal” August 17th

The City of Bryan has almost completed the year-long process of updating the Comprehensive Plan and Parks Master Plan. These two documents have been nicknamed ‘Blueprint 2040’ because of their impact on the next 20+ years of development within the City of Bryan.

City of Bryan to Unveil Proposed Comprehensive Plan and Parks Master Plan at “Big Reveal” on Aug. 17
August 9, 2016

City of Bryan to Unveil Proposed Comprehensive Plan and Parks Master Plan at “Big Reveal” on Aug. 17

You’re invited to the “Big Reveal” of the proposed Bryan Comprehensive Plan and Parks Master Plan on Aug. 17 from 5-8 p.m. at the Brazos Center.

Public Meetings Scheduled for Citizen Input on Thoroughfare, Bicycle, and Sidewalk Plan Updates
July 11, 2016

Public Meetings Scheduled for Citizen Input on Thoroughfare, Bicycle, and Sidewalk Plan Updates

The City is revising its Thoroughfare, Bicycle, and Sidewalk Plans as part of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan update. Now’s your chance to voice your opinion about the future of our roads and sidewalks.

What’s the Status of a Downtown Bryan Railroad Quiet Zone?
July 8, 2016

What’s the Status of a Downtown Bryan Railroad Quiet Zone?

The City of Bryan is working to implement safety improvements at several railroad crossings in Bryan. This effort will also allow for trains to not sound their horns routinely, improving quality of life for visitors, residents, and business owners.

July 5, 2016

Development Services Department Customer Satisfaction Survey

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and opinions with us about the Development Services Department. This information will help the City of Bryan make sure we are providing the best customer service possible.

Council approves new regulations pertaining to Patio/Zero Lot Line Home Development
June 27, 2016

Council approves new regulations pertaining to Patio/Zero Lot Line Home Development

Patio homes, also known as Zero Lot Line Dwellings, are detached, single-family dwelling units located on an individual lot with one wall of the home built on the lot line.  Lots intended for the development of a patio home must be at least 3,600 square feet with a minimum width of 36 feet and a […]

Council Approves New Program to assist Downtown Property Owners with Required Life Safety Improvements
June 27, 2016

Council Approves New Program to assist Downtown Property Owners with Required Life Safety Improvements

On Tuesday, June 7, 2016 the Bryan City Council approved a new grant program – the Life Safety Grant Program. The goal of the program is to provide financial assistance to downtown business owners for the installation and compliance of the International Building Code fire suppression and safety code requirements.

June 16, 2016

Project Update: Construction of a Permanent Roundabout to Begin at Broadmoor Drive and Nash Street

Bryan, TX – On Monday, June 20, 2016, Nash Street will be closed from E. Villa Maria Road to E. William J. Bryan Pkwy (FM 158).  Also closing this day will be Broadmoor Drive from Nash Street to Debbie Drive/Leila Court. Both closures will be in effect for up to four weeks. Access to local businesses […]

May 14, 2016

Planning and Development Boards, Committees, and Commissions Archived Agendas

Archived Agendas from the Bryan Planning and Zoning Commission and other Bryan planning boards, commissions, and committees.

Stop Speeding in Your Neighborhood With This Program. Apply Now!
March 16, 2016

Stop Speeding in Your Neighborhood With This Program. Apply Now!

The City of Bryan is accepting requests to be considered for its new “traffic calming” program focused on speeding. Deadline is April 1.

9 Questions and Answers About TIRZ
February 11, 2016

9 Questions and Answers About TIRZ

What’s a TIRZ? No, it’s not the name of a new video game console, or some new iPhone app. It’s actually an economic development tool used by the City.

State of the City 2015: Strategic Projects
November 24, 2015

State of the City 2015: Strategic Projects

    Stra·te·gic – adjective – Relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them. Yep, that definition sounds a lot like us. The Strategic Projects staff helps facilitate growth and economic development within the City of Bryan through work on projects that have been deemed strategically […]

State of the City 2015: Development Services
November 24, 2015

State of the City 2015: Development Services

    Between January 2015 and July 2015, Development Services issued 35 new commercial construction permits compared to 46 for the same period in 2014. Although fewer permits were issued within this period, the project value is significantly higher.     Residential Permits and Value Commercial Permits and Value     Below is a list […]

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