Planning Division


Our dedicated City of Baytown planners collaborate with citizens, neighborhood and business groups, designers and engineers, as well as other City departments to assess every aspect involved in a planning project.  The City of Baytown Planning Department provides general guidance on zoning and land use in Baytown. The department reviews and provides information on requests for annexation, rezoning, special use permits and variances. The department provides staff support to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustments. We also process applications for plats, site plans and infrastructure plans which are subject to review by the Development Review Committee (DRC).

City planners also follow best practices of urban planning and design to develop short- and long-range plans that identify and prioritize community improvements in the public realm.
All of these plans work together and identify where and how to use public funds and set the stage for private investment that fosters...

  • Economic Development
  • Public Safety and
  • Quality of Life

The mission of the Planning Department is to help Baytown’s citizens shape the kind of city they want in the future, according to the Comprehensive Plan. The City of Baytown’s Comprehensive Plan - the City's policy guide for land use and development - was updated in 2010. Two components of the Comprehensive Plan, The Major Thoroughfare Plan and the Future Land Use Plan (FLUP) were updated in 2012. 

With the Major Thoroughfare Plan, the city identifies sections of roadways (either thoroughfares or major collectors) that are in need of expansion, either by lengthening or widening. The plan serves as notice to the public for developing land adjacent to the identified roads. The Future Land Use Plan provides a vision for the future possibilities of development in neighborhoods, districts or planning areas.