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Between January and December 2020, the City of Bryan issued 720 permits for new detached single-family home construction, the most ever during one calendar year in the city’s 150-year history.

Total year-to-date 2021 permit valuation (residential and commercial) increased by $85,585,795 (+61%) to $224,887,167 over year-to-date 2020.

The total number of permits increased by 757 (+51%), from 1,489 year-to-date 2020 to 2,246 tear-to-date 2021.  

New Single-Family Detached Permits

July 2021July 2020Jan. 2021 – July 2021Jan. 2020 – July 2020
Number7462583395
Value$12,999,391$10,177,644$111,360,236$73,994,147

New Commercial Construction Permits

July 2021July 2020Jan. 2021 – July 2021Jan. 2020 – July 2020
Number17248563
Value$5,617,678$14,890,555$65,704,446$32,845,545

Building Permits and Inspections

The last four fiscal years (FY 2017, FY 2018, FY 2019, and FY 2020) have been the busiest years ever for the City’s Development Services Department in terms of building permits issued and building inspection requests. More development projects produce an increased demand for permits and inspections and raised customer pressure on maintaining the desirable service levels that city customers have come to expect (e.g. to get permit reviews and/or building inspections completed quickly).

The number of building inspections performed by City of Bryan building inspectors has increased by 51% from 15,682 in FY 2016 to 23,672 in FY 2020. In order to maintain service levels for inspections, the department is looking to add a new, seventh full-time building inspector position starting in FY 2022.

During FY 2015, which had 251 business days, the department’s two-position plan review team reviewed, approved and issued an average of three residential permits per business day. That same year, the department reviewed, approved and issued less than one commercial permit per business day on average (0.88). During FY 2020, which also had 251 business days, the department was able to review, approve and issue an average of seven residential permits per business day (1,850 total). That same year, the department was able to review, approve and issue an average of more than one commercial permit per business day (310 total). In order to improve service levels for plan review times, the department is looking to add a third, full-time building plans reviewer position stating in FY 2022.

The Development Services Department also responds to all building/structure-related complaints/safety issues as part of the city’s substandard structure abatement process with the Building and Standards Commission. Five Development Services permit center staff each answer and average of approximately 40,000 calls per year for inspection requests, permit questions or general development process questions.

Stormwater Quality Management

Since 2003, the Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ) Construction General Permit TXR150000 (CGP) has required the implementation of erosion and sediment control measures on construction sites in Bryan where more than one acre of land is disturbed. In recent years, TCEQ and the Environmental Protection Agency have stepped up enforcement of these requirements, which has led to tens of thousands of dollars in fines for Texas homebuilders and general contractors whose construction sites did not comply with the CGP.

TCEQ’s Phase 2 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit requires the City of Bryan to adopt a Stormwater Management Plan and submit an annual compliance report to TCEQ. The plan addresses how the City of Bryan handles stormwater pollution prevention, construction site stormwater runoff control and post-construction stormwater management.

In order to help Bryan homebuilders and general contractors avoid becoming subject to state and/or federal fines for noncompliance with adopted stormwater standards, the City Council authorized a full-time stormwater quality inspector position in FY 2018. During FY 2020, they performed a total of 3,421 construction site inspections. On 2,525 of these constructions sites (74%), the inspector identified non-compliance with adopted standards and reached out to contractors to educate about best stormwater quality management practices and guide these properties to compliance.

Substandard Structure Abatement Program

Substandard structures are structures that are deteriorating, dilapidated or decayed to the point of being a hazard to the health and/or welfare of the public or the occupants of the structure. These structures are then scheduled for consideration by the Building and Standards Commission, which can order the repair or demolition of such structures. Having a pro-active dangerous building demolition program helps the community eliminate these health and safety hazards and eyesores from Bryan neighborhoods. Deteriorated structures also have a direct detrimental impact on neighborhood property values and overall living quality and comfort.

Since 2010, city staff from the Development Services, Fire and Legal Departments have been working with the Council-appointed Building and Standards Commission to streamline the substandard structure review process, significantly increasing the number of properties considered, structures condemned, repaired and demolished. Since then, the Commission has held more than 100 meetings, considered structures on more than 600 properties and condemned structures on about 530 properties.

In recent years, the city has shifted focus to more substandard commercial structures, including those along major thoroughfares and within or near historic districts. Year to date in FY 2021, the BSC considered 32 properties and condemned structures on 27 of those properties. The city’s contractor removed seven condemned structures during FY 2021. Demolitions of substandard commercial structures is markedly more expensive, as additional state law requirements include an asbestos survey, abatement and air monitoring before and during demolition work. The department is looking to increase the city’s demolition fund for the removal of condemned and/or imminently dangerous structures to $200,000 annually. This additional funding will allow the removal of more dilapidated structures, or substandard commercial structures in prominent locations, more quickly every year. The city will thereby improve public safety and the overall living quality and comfort in Bryan neighborhoods and raise the curb appeal of the city’s commercial corridors and historic districts.

Development Review

The Development Services Department coordinates the review of hundreds of development proposals through the city’s Site Development Review Committee (SDRC). The Department also coordinates change of owner/use/tenant processes and assists the local development community by providing pertinent information in pre-development meeting settings, and by hone and email. All site plans, subdivision plats, certain rezonings, Conditional Use Permits and right-of-way abandonment requests are submitted to the SDRC for review and/or approval. The SDRC is organized to ensure that a proposed development complies with all applicable codes, ordinances and guidelines and can receive the required utility services.

The SDRC is composed of representatives from certain city departments, utility companies and other development stakeholders that review development proposals every week with a guaranteed 3.5 business day response – possibly the fastest such process in the State of Texas. Since Aug. 1, 2020, the SDRC has processed 184 new cases, and Development Services staff prepared detailed background information and presented 69 development-related proposals in Council Action Forms to the City Council for direction and/or final action.

Below is a list of noteworthy development projects that were either completed in FY 2021 or are currently in the planning, development review and/or building permitting and inspection processes. 

Health / Recreation

  • Travis Park: Construction of a public park located on the east side of Bomber Drive between West Carson Street and Williamson Drive, at 2200 Bomber Drive.
  • Boys and Girls Club: Construction of a new 25,499-square-foot building for the Boys and Girls Club, adjoining the north side of Beck Street between Richard and Cedar streets, at 1910 Beck Street.
  • Rudder Pointe Subdivision Park: Completed a privately maintained public park with soccer and softball fields, a covered patio area, playground and 10-foot improved walking trail, on 6.55 acres located at the northwest corner of Rudder Pointe Parkway and Old Reliance Road.
  • Edgewater Park: Completed a new 9.6-acre public park that includes a playground, fitness stations, a multi-purpose athletic court and a pavilion, located in the Edgewater Subdivision and currently addressed as 6720 Chick Lane.
  • Legends Event Center: Construction of a 122,000-square-foot sport and events center located within Midtown Park on the northern side of the future Midtown Park Boulevard, near the intersection of Rountree Drive and Williamson Drive, addressed as 206 West Willa Maria Road.
  • Intermediate School: Proposed site plan for the construction of a 115,000-square-foot intermediate school adjoining the south side of Wilkes Street, between Bonham Drive and North Earl Rudder Freeway West Frontage Road.
  • Piccolo: Proposed mixed-use site plan for two buildings of 4,946 total square feet at the southeastern corner of South Sims Avenue and West 31st Street, addressed as 603 S. Sims Ave.

Retail / Commercial

  • Big Shots: Construction of 38,000-square-foot golf entertainment facility on 11.8 acres, proposed on the north side of Villa Maria Road in Travis Bryan Midtown Park, near the intersection of Villa Maria Road and South College Avenue.
  • Chick-Fil-A: Completed a new restaurant renovation, located near the intersection of West Villa Maria Road and Harvey Mitchell Parkway.
  • Brazos Moving and Storage: Construction of a new self-storage facility with 10 buildings, ranging between 6,500 to 11,700 square feet in size, adjoining the west side of North Harvey Mitchell Parkway between West Villa Maria Road and La Brisa Drive.
  • Great Escapes RV Resort: Construction of an 88+-acre RV spaces and nature preserve, adjoining the north side of the 4600 block of Leonard Road (FM 1688) approximately 275 feet to 900 feet west from its intersection with Chick Lane, at 4600 Leonard Road.
  • Rapid Express Carwash: Site planned an automated car wash facility proposed on the north side of West Villa Maria Road, near the intersection of West Villa Maria Road and Harvey Mitchell Parkway, at 1632 W. Villa Maria Road.
  • The Reserve at Cottonwood Creek: Completed a new multi-structure event facility, located on the west side of South Sims Avenue between Bryant Street and West 31st Street, at 407 and 501 W. 31st St.
  • Drew’s Carwash: Completed a new drive-through car wash with vacuum stations on site on 1.02 acres, located at the northwest corner of Elm Avenue and South Texas Avenue, at 3030 S. Texas Ave.
  • C&J’s BBQ: Proposed new 8,800-square-foot restaurant building at the southwest corner of West Briargate Drive and East William Joel Bryan Parkway, at 2112 W. Briargate Dr.
  • Panda Express: Completed a new 2,356-square-foot restaurant building adjoining the east side of Briarcrest Drive between Freedom Boulevard and Oak Ridge Drive, in front of the Briarcrest Walmart, at 2200 Briarcrest Dr.
  • Ruffino Meats expansion: Completed a 3,200-square-foot office addition to the front of the existing Ruffino Meats building, located at the northwest corner of East William Joel Bryan Parkway and Prairie Drive and currently addressed as 2130 E. Williams Joel Bryan Pkwy.
  • The 101: Completed a nightclub/tavern located at the southeast corner of South Texas Avenue and East 26th Street, addressed as 101 S. Texas Ave.
  • UPS Expansion: Completed a new 26,300-square-foot building with site connection to an existing UPS facility, adjoining the west side of North Earl Rudder Freeway between Osborn Lane and Symphony Park Drive and currently addressed as 1069 N. Earl Rudder Freeway.
  • Dutch Bros Coffee: Completed a new 858-square-foot coffee shop, located at 2341 Boonville Road, adjoining the northwest corner of Boonville Road and Austin’s Colony Parkway.
  • Heart of Texas Goodwill: Completed a new 24,628-square-foot building for use as retail and office space, adjoining the south side of Boonville Road just west of its intersection with Briarcrest Drive and currently addressed as 2710 Boonville Road.
  • Southern Tire Mart: Completed a new 31,186-square-foot automotive tire facility at 1363 N. Earl Rudder Freeway, located along North Earl Rudder Freeway West Frontage Road between Old Kurten Road and East Martin Luther King Street.
  • Raising Canes:Completed a new 2,903-square-foot restaurant on 0.96 acres located on the south side of Briarcrest Drive, southeast of its intersection with Oak Ridge Drive, currently addressed as 2204 Briarcrest Drive.
  • Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office: Completed a new 9,850-square-foot building for office use, located on the western corner of Pendleton Drive and County Park Court, currently addressed as 4153 County Park Court.
  • FedEx Distribution Facility: Construction of a 337,138-square-foot distribution facility adjoining the west side of State Highway 6 Frontage Road West, between Deer Hill Drive and North Harvey Mitchell Parkway.
  • Douglass Mazda: Construction pending for an 11,217-square-foot vehicle showroom, adjoining the east corner of the North Earl Rudder Freeway East Frontage Road and Briarcrest Drive, and is currently addressed as 3100 Briarcrest Dr.
  • D-Bat Aggieland: Construction pending for a 13,074-square-foot sports training facility, located on Bomber Drive across from Travis Park, between Carson Street and Williamson Drive.
  • Wickson Creek Landing:Construction pending for a 7,500-square-foot office/showroom and an 18,000-square-foot equipment shop located on the north side of East State Highway 21, north of its intersection with Wallis Road, addressed as 1601 and 1609 E. State Highway 21, within Carrabba Industrial Park – Phase 11.
  • StayAPT Suites: Construction pending for a 16,259-square-foot hotel adjoining the northern terminus of Plaza Centre Court, generally north of its intersection with University Drive East, addressed as 3051 Plaza Centre Court.
  • Sterling Subaru: Proposed site plan for an automobile sales and service building of 22,726 total square feet total adjoining the North Earl Rudder Freeway West Frontage Road, generally south of its intersection with Oak Hill Drive, addressed as 241 N. Earl Rudder Freeway.

Multi-Family / Townhome Residential

  • Howdy Court Subdivision – Phase 2: Proposed new subdivision for eight purpose-built student rental homes and the extension of Howdy Court, on property located surrounding Chakett Court north of its intersection with Lakeside Street, at 1824 Chakett St.
  • Park Hudson Condominiums: Completed 12 condominium buildings with 48 units, adjoining the south side of Boonville Road between Pendleton and Cross Park drives and currently addressed as 4089 Cross Park Drive.
  • 27th Street Lofts: Completed mixed-use development at the intersection of Parker Avenue and 27th Street. addressed at 305 E. 27th St.
  • Midway Place Addition: Filed replat to create six new lots on 0.553 acres located at the north corner of Sulphur Springs Road and Thrush Lane, currently addressed as 304 Sulphur Springs Road.
  • Munnerlynn Village:Proposed nine new townhome lots on 0.83 acres along the south side of Lynn Drive between Mobiletown Drive and Alani Drive, addressed as 211, 213, 215, and 217 Lynn Drive.
  • Hudson Oaks Senior Living: Proposed site plan for the construction of a 172-unit senior living facility on 11.37 acres. This property adjoins the north side of University Drive East, between Corporate Center Drive and Copperfield Drive, currently addressed as 3345 University Drive East.

Low Density Residential

  • Hunter’s Crossing Subdivision: Proposed new residential subdivision on 27.01 acres, located partially within the City of Bryan Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, along the west side of Wilcox Lane, southwest of the intersection of Wilcox Lane and FM 2776.
  • Austin’s Colony Subdivision – Phases 20 – 25: Proposed a new residential subdivision with 449 lots on 155.56 acres located generally west of the intersection of Austin’s Estates Drive and Thornberry Drive.
  • Rudder Pointe Subdivision – Phase 2: Filed a new residential subdivision with 69 low-density residential lots on 14.95 acres adjoining the northwest side of Old Reliance Road between Rudder Pointe Parkway and Austin’s Creek Drive.
  • Rudder Pointe – Phase 3:Filed final plat for 63 lots for a residential subdivision on 14.96 acres along the north side of Old Reliance Road between Rudder Pointe Parkway and Austin’s Creek Drive.
  • Pleasant Hill Subdivision – Phase 2: Filed a new residential subdivision with 575 lots on 53.37 acres located near the southern corner of North Harvey Mitchell Parkway and Sandy Point Road.
  • Oakmont Subdivision – Phase 2A and 2B: Completed a new residential subdivision with 195 lots on 66.63 acres located east of Pendleton Drive and north of the Residences of Oakmont apartments.
  • Yaupon Trails Subdivision: Proposed a new residential subdivision comprised of 151.85 acres located at the north corner of the intersection of State Highway 30 and Hardy Weedon Road.
  • Vintage Estates Subdivision: Final plat for 26 new low-density residential lots on 7.6 acres, adjoining the northeast side of Old Reliance Road between Vintage Hills Drive and Austin’s Crossing, currently within the City of Bryan’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction.
  • The Traditions Subdivision – Phase 8A:Filed a final plat for 14 lots on 6.89 acres, located on the east side of Traditions Boulevard, generally southeast of its intersection with West Villa Maria Road.
  • Rudder Pointe Subdivision – Phases 4:Approved preliminary plan for 51 lots on 41.13 acres, directly north of Rudder Pointe Subdivision – Phase 3, generally north of Brady Court between Rudder Pointe Parkway and Pointe Du Hoc Drive.
  • Cook Crossing Subdivision – Phase 1 (ETJ):Approved preliminary plan of 23 lots on 33.31 acres out of the Thomas J Allcorn Tract. This site adjoins the south side of Hardy Weedon Road between Dyess Road and State Highway 30.
  • Greenbrier – Phase 2A:Filed final plat of 42 lots on 13.23 acres. This site is located generally east of Thornberry Drive and the existing Phases 1 & 6B of the Greenbrier Subdivision.
  • Green Branch Ridge Subdivision – Phase 7B (ETJ):Filed final plat of 15 lots on 21.87 acres located on the north side of Steep Hollow Road, northeast of its intersection with Stiteler Drive, currently addressed as 9471 Steep Hollow Road.
  • Bonham Trace: Developmentof 47 residential lots on 11.31 acres located the southwest corner of Tabor Road and Siegert Drive, near Bonham Elementary School.
  • Sage Meadow Subdivision – Phases 1-2:Development pending for a residential subdivision on 19.87 acres along Old Hearne Road and Lightfoot Lane, currently addressed as 3700 Old Hearne Road.

Place of Worship

  • Unitarian Universalist Church of the Brazos Valley: Construction of a new place of worship on 2.83 acres located on southwest side of East 29th Street between Hollowhill Drive and Garden Lane, at 1719 E. 29th St.

Research/Technology

  • Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies Texas – Construction of a new 67,915-square-foot research and development facility located within the BioCorrdidor at the end of Biomedical Way, along the south side of the HSC Parkway.

City of Bryan / BTU

  • BTU Distribution Center – Construction of a new 16,025-square-foot distribution center and a 20,846-square-foot warehouse/office building, adjoining the west side of Northern Street, the north side of Union Street and the south side of Atkins Street.

Planning Excellence Recognition

The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association recognizes cities throughout Texas for planning excellence. In FY 2021, for the fifth year in a row, the City of Bryan was one of only 37 Texas cities that received this recognition in February 2021. Evaluation criteria include the level of training of Planning Commissioners and professional staff, professional qualifications of the planning staff, breadth and currency of master plan components and completion of other planning-related projects. The program intends to increase community awareness of the importance of planning, recognize planning departments that meet certain professional requirements, recognize planning efforts that have achieved community support, encourage the funding of professional training for Planning Commissioners and staff, and aide economic development and community image. The city’s Planning Division of six full-time professional staff, including a planning administrator, two staff planners, two project planners, and two  Development Services technicians.

Midtown Area Plan

The City Council adopted the Midtown Area Plan on May 12, 2020. The Midtown area is a premiere landscape for significant sustainable development that can accommodate growing demand for quality housing, commercial services, restaurants and entertainment offerings while enhancing the existing neighborhood fabric along this important corridor.

This plan recommends two broad strategies to coordinate development in Midtown. The first is investment in the South College Avenue corridor itself. The plan calls for coordinated public and private investment at five “catalytic” sites to build upon the success of the renovations to College Main Street and South College Avenue. These catalytic projects work to stitch the entire length of the corridor together and to stimulate and support new development within Midtown.

The second of the broad strategies is an incremental approach to infill development of the adjacent streets and properties. Midtown is already subject to substantial housing demand from students. As it turns out, young professionals and people over 65 are also moving into Midtown.

The plan also recommends several changes to current codes and processes. Other recommended changes include new rules allowing cottage courtyards on large lots, accessory dwelling units in backyards and modest text amendments to existing policies and procedures. In FY 2021, Development Services continued to work with the Planning and Zoning Commission to bring forward plan implementation items for City Council consideration.

On August 10, 2021, the City Council approved comprehensive text amendment and rezoning proposals intended to continue the implementation of the Midtown Area Plan’s vision.

Development Regulation Amendments

During FY 2021, planning staff conceived, researched and successfully guided six amendments to the city’s development regulations to City Council approval.

  • An amendment to Chapter 38, Environment; Chapter 62, Land and Site Development; Chapter 98, Signage; and Chapter 130, Zoning, to remove references to and regulations for the South College – Business District, South College – Residential District, and South College Overlay District, and adding in references to and regulations for the Midtown – Corridor District and the Midtown – High Density District (August 2021).
  • An amendment to Chapter 62, Land and Site Development, to repeal the commercial color palette (June 2021).
  • An amendment to Chapter 130, Zoning, to remove “adult entertainment” as a permitted use within the I Industrial District and include it as a conditional use (September 2021).
  • An amendment to Chapter 62, Land and Site Development, of the City of Bryan Code of Ordinances, by adding and modifying certain definitions, clarifying when site plans are required and the format for submitting site plans, removing redundancies, updating minimum curb return radius standards, clarifying parking pavement material and parking area design requirements, amending off-street parking requirements for certain land uses, adding drive-thru requirements and provisions for alternative parking plans, and clarifying offenses to this chapter; and to amend Chapter 118, Traffic and Vehicles, of the City of Bryan Code of Ordinances, by clarifying where U-turns are prohibited; removing certain motor vehicle traffic prohibitions, adding and modifying certain definitions, removing redundant sections, amending speed restrictions near certain schools, amending maximum speed limits for certain city streets and certain recreation areas, clarifying off-street parking restrictions and pavement material requirements, and making formatting changes of a non-substantive nature (January 2021).
  • An amendment to Chapter 130, Zoning, to adopt standards for modular and industrialized homes (December 2020).
  • An amendment to Chapter 62, Land and Site Development, to amend the standards of building site landscaping requirements (October 2020).

Annexation

During FY 2021, Development Services staff responded to, researched and successfully guided two property owner-requested annexations to City Council approval:

  • 243.82 acres of land located approximately 3,500 feet southwest of the intersection of Pleasant Hill and Sandy Point Roads for Pleasant Hill Section 3 (July 2021).
  • 29.184 acres of land adjoining the east side of the 2000 block of Mumford Road approximately 2,900 feet northwest of West State Highway 21 (April 2021).

Staff also successfully proposed an ordinance making an uncontestable boundary finding that all territory included within the City of Bryan through February 27, 2001 is part of the city. The adoption of this ordinance eliminates some potential challenges to the validity of historical annexation ordinances.

Grant Program Management

For more than 20 years, the City of Bryan has successfully created, adopted and implemented matching grant programs to engage local business and property owners in improving the economic vitality and visual character of the community. These grant programs are managed by Development Services staff.

The Downtown Improvement Program (DIP) is a matching grant program with funds aimed at improving the building facades located in the eligible areas of Downtown Bryan. The goal of the DIP is to make Bryan’s unique downtown environment more attractive, improve the economic viability of businesses, increase sales tax and property values, while preserving and enhancing Bryan’s architectural and cultural history.

In FY 2021, two (2) DIP applications were processed:

  • 203 and 205 S. Main St.: The total amount eligible for funding was $50,000 (or $1,000 per linear foot of façade frontage), and this was approved by the City Council on Sept. 8, 2020 with reimbursement dispersed in mid-2021.
  • 206 W. 26th St.: The total amount eligible for funding was $14,000 (or $1,000 per linear foot of façade frontage), and this was approved by the City Council on Nov. 12, 2020 with reimbursement dispersed in mid-2021.

The Life Safety Grant (LSG) is a matching grant program intended to provide financial assistance for the installation and compliance of the International Building Code fire suppression and safety code requirements. The program was expanded in September on 2019 to include significant corridors in the Midtown area. In FY 2021, one Life Safety Grant application was processed for 1600 S. College Ave. A local business owner was granted $31,050.50, which was used for the installation and operation of a new fire suppression system and emergency egress access. Live Oak Archery is scheduled to begin operating here in September 2021.

The Corridor Beautification Partnership (CBP) was formerly limited to Texas Avenue but expanded its eligibility boundaries to include significant corridors in the Midtown area. This program focuses on exterior aesthetic improvements to the landscaping, façade, or signage of retail and commercial properties. The CBP Grant received three applications, and one was chosen to be funded. Live Oak Archery was granted funding in the amount of $68,949.50 was allocated via a Chapter 380 Economic Development Agreement with the property owners in order to improve their façade and site.

Bryan, Texas Landmark Marker Program

A longstanding goal of the city’s Historic Landmark Commission has been to create a marker program to recognize historic structures in Bryan. In September 2020, the City Council approved the Bryan, Texas Landmark Marker Program. The goal of the program is to recognize and preserve as much information as possible about Bryan’s many historic landmarks, and in doing so, to foster a sense of community pride. Eligible property owners are able to apply for an 8-inch-wide aluminum marker to display at the entrance of their building, provided that the structure or subject site:

  • is located within the boundaries of an existing Bryan Historic Preservation Overlay District; and
  • is at least 50 years old; or
  • is an individually designated historic structure or site and included on the National Register of Historic Places or a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.

As part of the application for the program, property owners may provide photographs of historic and existing conditions, as available, and provide a brief narrative history about the structure (to the extent known). This information will be compiled by city staff and made available to the public.

Since the first public efforts at historic preservation in the early 1980s, Bryan’s residents have worked diligently to preserve their history and built environment for generations to come. Throughout Bryan, the past echoes from many historically significant sites and structures. From the reborn historic downtown district to many residential and cultural historic resources, Bryan’s past is a present and vital part of the community. The Bryan, Texas Landmark Program is designed to give these historic treasures the added recognition they deserve, helping to preserve their stories for future generations.

Redevelopment

In FY 2021, the Development Services Department processed and inspected 242 redevelopment (change of owner, use or tenant) applications, which resulted in the paving of two parking lots, one driveway and one ADA ramp; the construction of two dumpster enclosures; the removal of three abandoned signs; the striping of more than 250 parking stalls; and the installation of 85 trees and shrubs. These incremental improvements initiated through this process are an important contributor that help create aesthetically pleasing properties with the goal of creating and maintain stable value. 

Online Permitting Software Implementation

Development Services staff remains actively engaged in getting an online permitting software up and running. The aim is to optimize digital workflows and automate permitting and inspections processes on a citizen accessible online portal. The goal is to allow customers to apply and pay for applications, view permit and inspection statuses and schedule inspections online.