The Planning and Zoning division manages the planning and development items of importance to Little Elm and the surrounding region by being the primary liaison between the town and developers, administering award-winning development regulations, supervising special projects, originating future plans, drafting ordinances, and providing staff support to Town Council, the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Board of Adjustment, and other ad-hoc citizen advisory committees.
Planning and Zoning ensures functional, high quality, and aesthetically pleasing development that is sustainable, coordinated, and protects Little Elm's long-range tax base. Strong urban planning affords Little Elm the ability to choose how it evolves, grow its tax base, survive change, plan for synchronized development, determine how it looks and feels, and improve overall quality of life for residents.
The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association honored Little Elm with a Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence award during the following years: 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
The Arbor Day Foundation designated Little Elm a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry for 4 straight years (2011-2014).
In 2013, the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council presented Little Elm with a Bronze Leaf Award for its commitment to urban forestry initiatives.