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Development Regulations & Guidelines
Development Regulations & Guidelines 

Comprehensive Plan
In September 2015, the City of DeSoto adopted a new comprehensive plan, which was developed as an update to the City’s 2003 plan. The purpose of the comprehensive plan is to establish goals and guidelines for future development decisions in DeSoto.

This plan provides a unified vision of what DeSoto should become and a long-range statement of the City’s public policies. It is important to note that this plan is not a mandate; it is a flexible guide for City Staff and City decision-makers to determine the future of DeSoto. It contains ideas, graphics, and actions that were identified by residents and molded into a cohesive vision for the future.

The Comprehensive Plan was created by the people who know it best – its residents – through a Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.  This committee was created to guide the plan’s development and recommend a draft plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.

Major sections of the 2015 Plan include the following:

·         Community Snapshot
·         Vision, Goals, and Objectives
·         Future Land Use
·         Transportation Plan
·         Streetscape Guidelines
·         Housing Strategies
·         Urban Design
·         Implementation Strategies

Comprehensive Plan (This is a large file. Please be patient while it downloads.)

Zoning Ordinance
The Zoning Ordinance was adopted in August of 1997 and includes amendments that have been approved after that time. The zoning regulations and districts established in the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance have been made in accordance with an adopted comprehensive plan.

Promotes Public: 
  • Health
  • Safety
  • Morals
  • General Welfare

Protects & Preserves Places and Areas of: 
  • Historical Importance
  • Cultural Importance
  • Architectural Importance

They have been made with reasonable consideration, among other things, to: 
  • Reflect the character of the district
  • Match the peculiar suitability for the particular uses specified
  • Conserving the value of buildings
  • Encourage the most appropriate use of land throughout the city

Subdivision Ordinance
The Subdivision Ordinance was adopted in April of 2001 and includes amendments that have been approved after that time.

  • Provide for the orderly, safe and healthy development of the land with the City
  • Protect and promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the City
  • Guide the future growth and development of the City
  • Provide for the proper location and width of streets and building lines
  • Provide adequate and efficient transportation, streets, storm drainage, water, wastewater, parks, and open-space facilities
  • Establish reasonable standards of design and procedures for platting to promote the orderly layout and use of land
  • Ensure proper legal descriptions and monumenting of platted land
  • Ensure that public infrastructure facilities required by the City ordinances are available with sufficient capacity to serve the proposed development
  • Require the cost of public infrastructure improvements that primarily benefit the tract of land being platted be borne by the owners of the tract

Census 2000
See the 2000 Census information for the City of DeSoto.