About the Planning Division

The Planning Division is responsible for coordinating the comprehensive planning activities of the city, administering the subdivision regulations, and coordinating the pre‐development phase of the development of private property. The Division also prepares cases for the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Planning Boards and Commissions

The Planning Division staffs and makes recommendations to three boards and commissions.

  • Planning & Zoning Commission

  • Zoning Board of Adjustment

  • Historic Preservation Commission


Zoning is the mechanism used to ensure that land uses in Odessa are properly related and located. The City Council is responsible for determining the appropriate district to apply to each parcel of land according to the guidelines of the City of Odessa Comprehensive Plan. If a zone change is required after discussing it with the Planning staff, an application with a fee must be submitted to the department. The property owner's consent is needed, and the process of rezoning could take from six to eight weeks.

View the City zoning map by clicking on the following link.

Land Development

The City of Odessa Subdivision Ordinance governs the platting process within the City Limits and its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. Final Plats, Preliminary Plats, Short Form Plats, and Replats are reviewed by City Staff as well as partner agencies for completeness. Their recommendations are then forwarded to the Planning and Zoning Commission for final approval. On occasion, minuscule changes can be addressed administratively.

View the plat map by clicking the following link.

Zoning Modifications

A property owner may petition the Zoning Board of Adjustments for a special exception or certain variances to the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance at a public hearing. In granting any special exception or variance, the Board may prescribe appropriate conditions and safeguards in conformity with the Ordinance.

Application for Exception, Variation, or Modification of Provisions of the Zoning Ordinance (PDF)

Pre-Development Conference

Pre-Development Conferences can be scheduled through the Planning Division and can generally take 45 minutes to an hour. The Pre-Development Conferences allows applicants the opportunity to learn more about city processes and procedures in the development of site-specific projects.

The following development representatives attend Pre-Development Conferences to provide comments and answer questions.

  • Traffic Engineering

  • Public Works

  • Stormwater

  • Building Inspection

  • Planning & Zoning

  • Fire Marshal

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a Pre-Development Conference, please contact us at 432-335-4174