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January 18, 2024

Planning and Development Services wins eighth consecutive excellence award

Planning and Development Services staff members honored at Bryan City Council meeting on Jan. 9, 2024.

The City of Bryan’s Planning and Development Services Department received the 2023 Richard R. Lillie, FAICP Planning Excellence Recognition Program from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association for the eighth consecutive year. The City of Bryan is one of 46 municipalities throughout Texas to be recognized.

This award acknowledges the department’s high professional planning standards and strong support from the City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission. It is presented to departments in the state that increase community awareness of the importance of planning, aid in economic development, assist with the overall community image, and support educational development for staff and appointed planning officials.

Working hand-in-hand with the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Historic Landmark Commission, the City Council, and the community at large, Planning and Development Services staff focuses their efforts on providing quality customer service and maintaining positive relationships to guide and promote quality development.

In June 2023, CitizenServe was launched, marking the most significant improvement to the department’s business processes in 25 years. The online permitting platform enables customers to handle all their building permitting and business licensing needs on a computer or mobile device without the necessity of visiting City Hall in person. Phase two will enable development review and engineering plan review applications available online.

2023 Planning and Development Services Stats

  • 607 construction permits were issued for new detached single-family homes; total of 3,722 since 2018.
  • 23,700 building inspections were performed, averaging 95 per work day.
  • On average, one commercial and seven residential permits were issued per business day.
  • 18 condemned structures were removed through the Substandard Structure Abatement Program; total of 580 removed since 2010.
  • 280 redevelopment applications and 248 new development review cases were processed, and 87 pre-development meetings were held.
  • Staff answered hundreds of calls each week and prepared 61 Council Action Forms.

To learn more about the City of Bryan’s Planning and Development Services, visit or call 979.209.5030.

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