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Development Regulations & Guidelines
Development Regulations & Guidelines 

Comprehensive Plan
Adopted in April of 2003, the Comprehensive Plan establishes guidelines for the City of DeSoto to follow for future developments. To view the Comprehensive Plan, go to the DeSoto Document Center, then select the Comprehensive Plan folder. 
  • The 2003 Comprehensive Plan Update has its foundation in the 1990 Comprehensive Plan, which was based on the Strategy 2000 Planning Study prepared in 1989. The development of the 2003 Comprehensive Plan was a coordinated effort of the citizens of DeSoto, the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, DeSoto Economic Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce, City Staff, and a consultant team. While the 1990 Plan had a emphasis on service, capacity and infrastructure, the 2003 Plan focuses on a vision for the future.
  • The development of the remaining undeveloped land in DeSoto offers the opportunity to achieve, through careful planning and guidance, the type of community and the quality of life the citizens of DeSoto deserve.

The major sections in the 2003 Plan include the following: 
  • Existing and Future Land Use
  • Form Analysis 
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Streetscape Guidelines
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Vision Projects

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.