About Local and State Government
The City of Allen takes a very proactive stance to ensure the highest quality of all city services for the citizens of Allen.
305 Century Parkway - Allen, Texas 75013 - (214) 509-4100
Incorporated: July 1, 1953
Government Form: Council/Manager
Number on Council: 7
Master Plan: Yes
Bond Rating: AA+ (Standard & Poors) Aa2 (Moody)
2008-2009 Operating Expenditures Budget: $57,748,409
City Council Meetings: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7:00 p.m.
Total Personnel: 124 including 90 sworn officers and 3 canines
911 Service: Yes
2007 Major Crimes: 2,295
2007 Minor Crimes: 2,434
Total Personnel: 81 fire fighters
Paramedic Service: Yes
Emergency Warning System: Yes
Fire Prevention Service: Yes
Insurance Key Rate: ISO Class 2 Rating
City of Allen Community Development Department
305 Century Parkway- Allen, Texas 75013 - (214) 509-4160
Planning & Zoning Commission: YES
Number of Members: 7
Meetings: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 7:00 p.m.
The Planning & Zoning Commission hears, recommends and determines matters related to zoning, platting or subdivision control as specified or required under City ordinance, charter or state law.
For specific information regarding zoning in Allen, visit the Summary of Regulations and Schedules For Zoning and platting webpage on www.cityofallen.org
Information on development guidelines for the city of Allen including the Allen Land Development Code, fees, and engineering & landscaping requirements can be found on the City of Allen website under the Planning & Development and Engineering departments.
The City of Allen's Website:
The site provides a wealth of information. All GIS maps for zoning, thoroughfare plans, the City of Allen's 2002-2022 Comprehensive Plan, and the Land Development Code are available for downloading in a PDF format.
Collin County takes care of Allen citizens. The government is headed by the Collin County Comminssoners' Court, whose primary duties are approving the annual budget and all county expenditures, setting the county property tax rates, approving the tax roll and determining public works policy such as building programs, and conducting elections. The court appoints most non-elected department heads and standing committees and represents the county in state and regional matters, and has other duties including:
- establishing a courthouse and jail
- building roads and bridges
- assuring the safe-keeping of land and citizen records
- letting contracts in the name of the County
- providing law enforcement through the County sheriff
- administering the County's public welfare services
- administering the County's public health services
- performing numerous duties in regard to elections
- operating County parks
- appointing numerous officials
- issuing bonds
Click here to view the Collin County 2006-2010 Strategic Plan, as adopted by the Collin County Commisioners' Court
The State of Texas is a strong encourager of business. Texas law is focused on creating an environment where businesses can thrive and employees want to live. Services provided by the State of Texas are easily accessible online, putting this user-friendly and time efficient resource at the finger tips of Texas businesses.
For information, statistics and incentives related to doing business in Texas, download Texas: Wide Open for Business or visit the State of Texas Division of Economic Development & Tourism home page.