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Harlingen, Texas 78550
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Zoning is a tool that most cities throughout the U.S use to govern land uses (e.g. residential, commercial, or industrial), the size of buildings, and how buildings relate to their surroundings. Zoning has substantial implications for equity and public health. Zoning determines where various categories of land use may go, thereby influencing the location of resulting environmental and health impacts.

You can find our Zoning Ordinance here.
Developer Built Projects Pre-Construction Agenda


The city of Harlingen has thirteen (13) Zoning Districts throughout the city. For a visual representation, you can see our Zoning Map here.

  1. Not Designated (N) – Areas not yet zoned and/or newly annexed (subdivided), except only for uses listed in section 111-62.

  2. Residential, Single Family (R-1) – Area for development primarily of single-family units, but with special uses as indicated in section 111-62.

  3. Residential, Duplex (R-2) –  Area for development of duplex-family units on lots no smaller than 6,000 square feet, but with special uses as indicated in section 111-62.

  4. Residential, Patio Home (R-PH) – Area for development of single-family and duplex-family units on lots no smaller than 4,000 square feet, but with special uses as indicated in section 111-62.

  5. Residential, Triplex and Quadruplex (M-1) – Area for development primarily of multifamily units of four or less, but with special uses as indicated in section 111-62.

  6. Residential, Multifamily (M-2) – Area for development primarily of multi-unit apartment buildings in excess of four units, condominiums, and connected townhouses and with specific additional uses indicated in section 111-62.

  7. Residential, Mobile Home (MH) – Districts for permanent location and use of mobile/modular homes as single-family dwelling units and with specific additional uses as indicated in section 111-62.

  8. Planned Development District (PD) – Area of a designated and approved size with an all-inclusive plan for development which may include any two or more classes of uses, which shall be filed as part of chapter 111 and shall be developed as outlined in section 111-332.

  9. Offices; Professional and Business Administration (O) – Area designed primarily for use as administrative offices and professional offices, and specific additional uses as indicated in section 111-62.

  10. Neighborhood Services (NS) – Area designed to serve the domestic needs of the immediate neighborhood and with specific additional uses indicated in section 111-62.

  11. General Retail (GR) – Area designated for the primary purpose of retail sales and specific additional uses indicated in section 111-62.

  12. Light industry (LI) – Light manufacturing processes which do not emit detectable dust, odor, smoke, gas, or fumes beyond the bounding property or generate noise or vibration at the boundary of the LI District which is generally perceptible as noise in the adjacent area.

  13. Heavy Industry (HI) – Area used primarily for industry that does not fall into light industry district designation, and which is not prohibited by law.

Allowable use per Sec. 111-62 can be found here.


If you are considering rezoning a property, please contact with the Planning staff to discuss the proposed use of the property and appropriate zoning district for the request.

In order to process your request for rezoning a Master Application and Rezoning Request Checklist must be complete and submitted with the Planning Department. The forms must include the processing fee, owner authorization, property survey and metes and bounds, and City and School Tax Certificates.

Planning staff notifies all property owners within 200 feet of the proposed rezoning and advertises notice in newspaper prior to hearing. Planning staff reviews the rezoning request with the Future Land Use Plan and the surrounding uses and zones.

The Planning & Zoning Commission conducts the first public hearing to present the staff recommendation and record neighborhood and applicant comments. After discussion, The Planning and Zoning Commission makes recommendation to City Commission on rezoning requests.

City Commission conducts the second public hearing to consider Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation and will approve or disapprove the rezoning request.


Spot Zoning is “the process of singling out a small parcel of land for a use classification totally different from that of the surrounding area for the benefit of the owner of such property and to the detriment of other owners."

When considering spot zoning, courts will generally determine whether the zoning relates to the compatibility of the zoning of surrounding uses. Other factors may include; the characteristics of the land, the size of the parcel, and the degree of the “public benefit.”

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