COVID-19 impact on City of Dallas and surrounding development community.

Mar 26, 2020 | Dallas, Economy, Land Use, Municipal Support Services, Permitting, Technical Consulting, Zoning

The Coronavirus, COVID-19, will have vast potential to impact the development community if we are not prepared and ready to adjust to the ever-changing shelter in place and social distancing regulations. As of March 18, 2020, municipal governments in the DFW area started to limit services. Many cities however, already have the ability to accept zoning and permitting applications online. The recent rules implemented may trigger municipalities to require all submittals be made electronically and all City correspondence be via email and teleconferencing.

As Masterplan sees this option quickly approaching, we are skilled as well as prepared for and accepting of this change in an effort to keep everyone safe.

We have experienced, knowledgeable and trained staff in the different municipal electronic systems. Our staff is detail oriented and can handle the large amount of electronic communication required when face to face correspondence is prohibited. Our project management group not only will keep you abreast on the daily communications but can manage these requirements and needs throughout the development team to ensure needs are met and the project timeline is not impacted.

Masterplan is ready, as always, to take your project on and ensure it works through city processes in the most effective and efficient way possible. We will continue to monitor changes and updates day by day and update our clients accordingly.

Please know Masterplan is here to help and assist in any way possible, please contact us today.

Masterplan ( is a privately held nearly 40 year old business based in Dallas, TX that specializes in assisting businesses, individuals, utilities, and government agencies regarding all matters of land use.  Our firm specializes in zoning changes in Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; and Austin, TX.  We routinely handle Planned Development Districts, Conditional Use Permits, Special Use Permits, and all zoning matters.  Likewise, we assist in expediting building permits across the state of Texas as well as assist with building code issues.  Let our experience be your success.  Masterplan’s related company, LaBarba Permit Service (, is celebrating its 55th year in business and specializes in obtaining approvals from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).