Planning & Zoning

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 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 ensure functional, high-quality, aesthetically pleasing, sustainable, and coordinated development that protects Little Elm's long-range tax base. Strong urban planning allows Little Elm to choose how it evolves, grow its tax base, survive change, plan for synchronized development, determine how it looks and feels, and improve residents' overall quality of life.

Documents & Ordinances


Awards & Recognition

Scenic City - Platinum Certification

  • The mission of the Scenic City Certification Program is to support and recognize Texas municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. 
  • The Scenic City Certification Program provides a proven, highly-regarded tool to Texas cities for assessment, evaluation and recognition of infrastructure standards.

Planning Excellence Award

  • 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, and 2018.

Urban Forestry

  • The Arbor Day Foundation designated Little Elm a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry for five 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.