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City of Bryan, Texas

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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.


For the purpose of Texas Local Government Code Section 43.052, the City of Bryan adopted the following annexation plan on November 13, 2007:

The City Council has reviewed the future expansion needs of the city and the prospects of development within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. The City Council has determined that at this time, the city does not intend to annex any territory that in order to be annexed is required to be in an annexation plan.

The City Council reserves the right to amend this annexation plan in the future to add territory for annexation should circumstances change.

Comprehensive Plan

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.

On October 25, 2016 the Bryan City Council via Ordinance number 2178 adopted a West Area Plan and an updated Comprehensive Plan titled BluePrint 2040. The adoption of BluePrint 2040 follows a 15-month planning and public input process by planning consultant Freese and Nichols, Inc.

A large component of the Comprehensive Plan research 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.

This Plan has been prepared as a guide for Bryan’s future physical growth expressed through goals, objectives and policies. Within the Plan is a Future Land Use Map which 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.

Blueprint 2040 includes topic specific research and recommendations divided into 10 chapters. Click on a title below to preview or download the corresponding section of BluePrint 2040.

The  Plan

For more information please contact the Development Services Department at (979) 209-5030 or email

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

Other Resources

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