City of Duncanville Requests Community Input on Zoning Ordinance Update

The City of Duncanville began reviewing the zoning ordinance in February 2019 with a community open house, online survey, and stakeholder interviews. Since that time, City Council, City Staff, the Planning & Zoning Commission, and the City’s consultant team have collaborated to develop a revised draft of the zoning ordinance.

The zoning ordinance establishes regulations for:

  • The land-use types that are allowed in various zoning districts;
  • The minimum lot size, width, and depth;
  • The maximum building height and minimum setbacks from property lines;
  • The minimum amount of parking required for each use type and general design requirements for parking areas;
  • The minimum amount of landscaping required for developments;
  • The placement and the maximum size and number of accessory structures that can be located on a property; and
  • The procedures for addressing nonconforming uses and structures.

The zoning map designates the zoning districts that apply to properties throughout the City. The new zoning ordinance will combine some existing districts.

The City of Duncanville will be hosting a Virtual Open House on Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 pm.  Members of the community are invited to attend this event either by registering for the Zoom event or the City’s Facebook Livestream.

Following the Virtual Open House presentation, the community is encouraged to visit and fill out the survey that will provide input on the draft ordinance. Alternatively, hard copies of the survey are available at City Hall. The survey is available through Thursday, December 3.

The draft ordinance is available for review on the website below.

For more information, please visit Virtual Open House or

City Council Seeking Residents to Serve on Boards and Commissions

The Duncanville City Council is currently accepting applications from citizens interested in volunteering their service on one of the City’s boards or commissions. To be eligible to serve, one must be a resident of the City of Duncanville, and not be in arrears on City of Duncanville ad valorem taxes, fines or fees.

Applications are being accepted for the following Boards and Commissions:

Applications will be accepted from June 1, 2020 thru July 3, 2020. Following the application deadline, each applicant will be contacted to schedule a brief interview with the City Council. Interviews for Boards and Commissions will be made on July 27, 2020 and July 28, 2020 with new appointments beginning on September 1, 2020, with the exception of Civil Service Commission which will begin on October 1, 2020.

Anyone interested in serving is encouraged to forward a completed application no later than July 3, 2020 to Kristin Downs, City Secretary, P.O. Box 380280, Duncanville, Texas, 75138-0280; via e-mail at or in person at City Hall, 203 E. Wheatland Road. An application may be obtained at City Hall or by visiting the City’s webpage at For more information, please call 972-780-5017.

More information on our Boards and Commissions here.

Download an application here.

Zoning Ordinance Update: Public Input Summary

The City of Duncanville’s Zoning Ordinance Update project is underway! The following information outlines the results of public input and participation thus far in the project.

Public Meeting
The Zoning Ordinance Update kicked off with a successful community open house held on February 6, 2019 at the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center. The over 40 attendees participated in a polling exercise to identify the residents’ support for some of the big picture ideas, and then board exercises were conducted to receive open-ended input on selected topics.
The polling exercise identified a desire for diverse housing types in moderation, overwhelming support for increasing design standards to improve the look of the City, and the importance of building design standards and increased landscape standards. Feedback captured on the input boards highlighted participants’ thoughts on what types of housing and businesses are missing and identified issues with building design, landscaping, parking, walkability and procedures in the current ordinance.

Stakeholder Interviews
Stakeholder interviews were also conducted by the project team on February 6, 2019 with City Staff, developers/development community, and appointed officials to receive their thoughts and ideas on the most pressing issues in the current ordinance and how to resolve those issues.

Online Survey
An online survey was conducted from January 29 to February 10 and was made available on the City’s website as well as the project website. The survey was designed to identify the areas within the City that the residents like and dislike and their reasoning behind the preferences, general directions related to the zoning ordinance, and their priorities. A total of 158 people participated in this survey.

The most commonly-selected priorities were:

1. Economic development
2. Vibrant downtown
3. Aesthetic enhancement

The visual preference portion of the survey highlighted the desire from the public for lush landscaping, townhomes for young people and retirees, buildings with unique design, more mixed-use shopping/dining/living, and parking with landscaped walkways.

All the public input received so far, along with feedback from the Planning and Zoning Commission, formulated the basis of the draft diagnostic report which will build the framework for the ordinance update.

For more information, or to submit a comment regarding the Zoning Ordinance, please visit the project website at

Zoning Ordinance Update Community Open House

The City of Duncanville is beginning the process to update the City’s Zoning Ordinance with the help from planning consultants at Freese and Nichols. This Open House meeting will allow for participants to identify key issues and opportunities affecting the City through the Zoning Ordinance. We would love to hear YOUR valuable input.

Project Summary

  • With adoption of the Comprehensive Plan in September 2017, the City of Duncanville provided a framework for future development decisions and set the direction for change.
  • A primary action for implementing the comprehensive plan is a zoning ordinance revision.
  • The City last initiated a major update of the Zoning Ordinance in 1998 and completed it in 2002.
  • The update will have three primary goals: to update and correct outdated regulations, address redevelopment and align the ordinance with the vision established in the Comprehensive Plan.
  • A key achievement with updating the Zoning Ordinance would be removing regulatory barriers to redevelopment.
  • The scope of the project is limited to the Zoning Ordinance and related development regulations.
  • The City will utilize consultants from Freese and Nichols, Inc. to assist with the major update which will expedite the process to impact physical change sooner.

Duncanville Zoning Ordinance Update – Project Website

Please complete the survey by February 10, 2019 to help us better understand issues that are important to you. We appreciate your valuable input!

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