Planning and Development

Contact Us

  • Community Planning Director
  • Sergio Zavala
  • 420 N. Tower Rd. Alamo, TX. 78516
  • Tel: (956) 787-0006
  • Fax: (956) 283-8855
  • Planner I
  • Dalia Zuniga
  • 420 N. Tower Rd. Alamo, TX. 78516
  • Tel: (956) 787-0006
  • Fax: (956) 283-8855
There have been many time in which citizens have had questions on the reasons why the city will allow only certain types of uses for properties owned by the citizens. If you too have had questions regarding this matter, this article will provide insight to help define and inform the citizens of Alamo as to why these measures are taken by the city.

Understanding the Regulations

The term Zoning is used frequently and refers to the designation by the city of an area upon which a particular type of development has occurred, is anticipated to occur, or is the city’s expressed desire for that type of development to occur in said zone.  The purpose for Zoning regulations and districts as established in the City of Alamo Code Book of Ordinances, have been in accordance with a Comprehensive Plan for the purpose of promoting health, safety, morals and the general welfare of the City. They have been designed to:
  • Lessen the congestion in the streets as well as
  • Secure safety from fire, panic, or other dangers
  • Provide adequate light and air
  • Prevent the overcrossing of land
  • Avoid concentration of population
  • Facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewage, schools, parks and other public requirements
These regulations have been made with reasonable consideration, among other things, to the character of the district and its peculiar suitability for encouraging the most appropriate use of land throughout the City. (Ordinance 729, 5-18-82)

Understanding the Districts

The term District is used to specifically label a particular type of zoning. The purpose of each district is to regulate the height and size of buildings and other structures, the percentage of lots that may be occupied, the size of yards and other open spaces, the density of population and the location and use of buildings, structures and land for trade, industry, residence or other purposes. The City of Alamo is hereby divided into districts, of where there shall be seven (7) classes in number and which shall be known as the following:
  • SH-R1 District Senior Housing Resident District
  • R-1 District  Single-Family Dwelling District
  • R-2 District  Multi-Family, Apartment, and Townhouse Dwelling District
  • R-MH District Mobile Home Parks and Subdivisions
  • C-1 District  Light Commercial District
  • C District  Commercial District
  • M District  Industrial District
A map of the boundaries of these designated areas within the city is available for inspection at the Planning Department at City Hall.  Staff can help you with questions in reference to Zoning and/or Districts and its specific requirements as they may relate to your property. The following documents will additionally provide you with more detailed information on Zoning Districts.


Alamo City Limits

City Limit and Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)

City of Alamo Zoning Map Zoning Districts

Brush/Bulky Items Pickup Zones

City of Alamo Future Land Use Map

Brush/ Bulky Items Guidelines

In order to avoid delays in your brush/bulky waste item collection, the following guidelines must be followed: • Place brush in front along curb or street, accordingly, as to not block traffic (brush includes tree limbs, branches, and grass clippings, cactus, leaves should be in bags) • Cut tree limbs in lengths of 8 feet or less • Separate brush and bulky items (bulky items includes furniture, washers, dryers, tables, wooden chairs, etc.) • Have your items out before the scheduled collection date • Brush schedule can be picked up at the entrance of City Hall DO NOT: • Do not place items on top of gas meters, water meters, electrical boxes or under low wires • Do not place items within 6 feet of cars, mailboxes or other objects • Do not mix bulky items and/or brush with trash, cardboard boxes, clothes, plastics, etc • Do not place plastics, cardboard boxes, lumber, debris in alley/MUST BE PLACED IN FRONT OF YOUR PROPERTY. NO ITEMS SHALL BE PLACED ON VACANT LOTS! ITEMS NOT COLLECTED: • Batteries • Tires • Liquids or hazardous waste • Construction material (sheet rock, lumber, roof shingles) • Appliances containing Freon • Clothes or household garbage Please be advised that these guidelines must be followed in order to provide adequate brush service. Brush will not be picked up by Republic Services if brush is mixed with other types of debris. Failure to comply will subject you to dispose of the debris at your own expense. IF YOU WITNESS ANYONE ILLEGALLY DUMPING PLEASE GET LICENSE PLATE, MAKE & MODEL OF VEHICLE AND CONTACT CODE ENFORCEMENT AT 787-0006 EXT 132 OR ALAMO POLICE DEPT. AT 787-1454. RESIDENTS CAUGHT ILLEGALLY DUMPING WILL BE FINED.