Long-Range Planning



The city’s long-range planning activities help to shape its development and land use policies as it grows and evolves. These policies are implemented by amending the Code of Ordinances, adjusting development standards, and refining development processes.

Round Rock 2030 Comprehensive Plan

(Adopted June 25, 2020) Round Rock 2030 is the official policy document guiding long-range planning and community development in the City of Round Rock. The Comprehensive Plan is updated every ten years; refer to the Round Rock 2030 project page. Since that time, Round Rock has continued its rapid population growth and development, as well as its transition from a suburb of Austin to a vibrant and prosperous mid-sized city. With Round Rock’s dramatic growth has come a new series of challenges to ensure continued success. Round Rock 2030 highlights how Round Rock has changed and establishes a vision for the next decade.

The Long-Range Planning division of the Planning and Development Services (PDS) Department undertakes specific studies and reports on an as-needed basis.

The Planning and Development Services (PDS) department collects and analyzes demographic data for the City of Round Rock. The Census serves as the baseline for population estimates and projections generated by PDS. PDS provides monthly population estimates reflecting completed units, people per household and vacancy rates. Population estimates and projections developed after April 2020 utilize the 2020 Census data as a baseline. 

Round Rock Development Code

(Adopted September 27, 2018)  The Round Rock Development Code (RDC) is a separate section of the Code of Ordinances that addresses all aspect of land development, including subdivision platting, zoning, site plan review, landscaping and tree protection, signs, and technical building codes. This  improves clarity, consistency of regulations and interpretation, and creates an opportunity to update regulations and reshape certain policies.

Downtown Mixed-Use Zoning Districts

(Adopted March 2013) In 2010 City Council adopted the Downtown Master Plan as a vision to guide the redevelopment of downtown Round Rock. The Master Plan recommended a series of public infrastructure improvements and new zoning regulations in order to enhance its traditional character and produce a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented place to live, work, and play. To develop new zoning and development regulations the Planning & Development Services Dept. enlisted the assistance of a working group composed of downtown stakeholders to codify the Downtown Master Plan’s recommendations into three mixed-use zoning districts (links go to the ordinance sections on Municode):

  • MU-1 (Mixed-Use Historic Commercial Core): One-to-three story buildings designed to complement, but not imitate, the Downtown Historic District. Primary uses are retail, restaurant, and entertainment, with limited residential and office on upper floors.
  • MU-2 (Mixed-Use Downtown Medium Density): A wider variety of building types and combinations of commercial, office and residential uses, including many housing types, including apartments, houses, live-work spaces, and accessory units.
  • MU-L (Mixed-Use Limited): A variety of residential uses and limited commercial and office uses, with buildings designed to complement the existing neighborhood of single-family houses, many of them historic.

These mixed-use zoning districts enable a variety of residential development options. New residential development downtown should complement commercial development and public spaces in a walkable and historically sensitive environment. Several development options may maximize lot usage while maintaining compatibility with neighboring properties. In 2022 PDS outlined these development types in its new guide Residential Options for Downtown Mixed-Use Districts.

Multifamily Zoning Districts

One of the goals of the 2010 General Plan is to encourage a wider variety of housing types available in Round Rock, with sensitivity to the character of surrounding development. Under the 2002 zoning ordinance there was one multifamily zoning district (MF), which did not distinguish between low- and medium-density multifamily development, and did not allow higher-density multifamily at all. The original multifamily zoning district (MF) was replaced with three new districts of different densities. The standards for the MF-2 district are very similar to the earlier MF district, and MF properties were rezoned to the MF-2 district. 

Sign Ordinance

(adopted March 2013) Round Rock recently overhauled its sign ordinance to better balance business needs for advertising and wayfinding with community goals for traffic safety and an attractive streetscape. The new ordinance includes sets of development standards appropriate for different road types in order to create a more consistent streetscape, while remaining be flexible enough to avoid a monotonous appearance and to accommodate changes in sign manufacturing technologies. The ordinance was developed with input from homeowners and neighborhood associations, sign companies, local businesses, the Texas Sign Association, the Planning & Zoning Commission, and the City Council.

Neighborhood and Area Plans

The city has made it a priority to maintain the quality of life for its residents. Like a general plan, area plans establish a vision and guide decision making for specific areas of the city that are undergoing significant change, such as a change in allowable land uses. Neighborhood plans are undertaken to establish a vision and strategy for improving the quality of life in existing residential neighborhoods. Many of the issues that were addressed through neighborhood plans are now a function of the Community Development Office.

    • Southwest Downtown Plan (2005), replaced by the Downtown Master Plan (2010) and Downtown Mixed-Use Zoning Districts (2013)
    • Chisholm Valley Neighborhood Improvement Plan (2001)
    • Greater Lake Creek Neighborhood Improvement Plan (2001)
    • Palm Valley Area Planning & Design Study (2000)
    • Northeast Neighborhood Plan (1998)
    • Greater Round Rock West Plan (1996)
    • Downtown Neighborhood Plan (1994, reviewed in 2002)


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