Planning & Zoning

Welcome to the Planning & Zoning Division!


Port Arthur's Planning & Zoning Division is more than 40 years old. Its primary function is to monitor land use and observe how land is subdivided, in regards to the use (zoning) along with determining where certain developments will occur. We are able to do this with the guidance of the Comprehensive Plan, Imagine Port Arthur, which guides the overall development, welfare, quality of life and development of the city and its residents. It is our responsibility as Planning & Zoning staff to make sure zoning and land uses are compatible with the community and promoting an enhanced quality of life. We are able to do this through the use of zoning maps, strategic planning for growth, and community engagement.

Goals

  • Protect and defend the rights of our customers - such that customer service is effective and efficient, yielding satisfaction to (internal and external customer).
  • Promote a prosperous and sound economic development decisions, with our contractors, builders and partners (internal and external).
  • Preserve the City's environment, historic legacy, diverse heritage and neighborhood integrity such that records will show evidence of our progress over the centuries.
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Pre-Development Meeting
Prior to the initiation of a new development in the City of Port Arthur it is required for interested applicants and/or developers to schedule a pre-development meeting with staff. This is an informal (no cost) meeting with City staff that make up the Development Review Committee (DRC) in which preliminary information regarding local codes, development standards, and requirements are discussed. The purpose of the pre-development meeting is to create a "one-stop shop" that provides potential applicants an opportunity to understand the development process. This meeting also allows the potential applicant to propose their project to City staff, receive preliminary feedback, and ask questions regarding their proposed project.

Pre-Development Meetings are every Wednesday afternoon 
(unless stated otherwise) beginning at 1:30 p.m.

*Pre-development meetings are
required before any new development project can take place in the City of Port Arthur.*

For more information about scheduling a Pre-Development Meeting click here.

Zoning Ordinance Update

The Planning & Zoning Division is currently working on the first update of the original Zoning Ordinance of the City of Port Arthur. The Zoning Ordinance dictates the type of land uses and development allowed in the city along with specific areas these uses and developments are permitted. It acts as a tool to encourage growing development, innovative uses and businesses, and as a way to enhance the quality of life. The current Zoning Ordinance has been in place since its original adoption in 1989.

This update aims to address the changing demographics of residents, encourage various growing industry types and businesses in Port Arthur, mitigate changes in the natural environment, enhance the quality of life Port Arthur residents, and create an identity for the City of Port Arthur. Planning & Zoning staff are working with Freese and Nichols to craft these updates with intent to provide a document that is a representation of Port Arthur's future.

Citizens may review this Proposed Zoning Ordinance and Map using the link above.
The Planning Division determines where certain developments will occur, and with other departments, state how the improvements desired to the land will create subdivisions, private homes, malls, parks or recreation facilities.

The Port Arthur Planning Division looks forward to more outreach with the citizens as the 20-Year Comprehensive Plan is rewritten for the 21st Century and residents chart a new course for Port Arthur's continued prosperity. 
The Planning Division determines where certain developments will occur, and with other departments, state how the improvements desired to the land will create subdivisions, private homes, malls, parks or recreation facilities.

The Port Arthur Planning Division looks forward to more outreach with the citizens as the 20-Year Comprehensive Plan is rewritten for the 21st Century and residents chart a new course for Port Arthur's continued prosperity.