The City of Abilene has adopted and enforces a full range of development regulations including zoning, subdivision, improvement standards and other development related regulations. These regulations are the most commonly used devices to implement the Comprehensive Plan.
Zoning regulations divide the community into districts, or zones, and regulates the land use in each district. Regulations for each district include specifying the permitted uses of land and buildings, the intensity or density of such uses, and the size of buildings on the land.
Subdivision regulations govern both the division of land into two more more lots, parcels, or sites for building and the location, design, and installation of supporting infrastructure.
Together, these regulations ensure that: 1) future land use patterns incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan are achieved; 2) existing land uses are protected from incompatible land uses; 3) development is adequately served by public infrastructure; 4) and development is directed away from environmentally sensitive areas, such as floodplains and wetlands.