Drone delivery hubs could soon be an allowed use within Plano, pending an update to the city’s code of ordinances.

Plano City Council is set to consider an ordinance to update four sections of the city’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance during its Feb. 26 meeting.

The context

Previously, council tabled the update twice last year, in October and November, seeking to gather more information about operations. City officials previously told council that unlisted uses with the Plano Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, such as drone delivery hubs, are not allowed.

The planning and zoning commission previously recommended approval of the new regulations, provided screening was present for shipping containers in the delivery hub area.

What you need to know

Updates to allow for drone delivery will also update the city’s language regarding helicopters to accommodate drones, according to city documents. The updated ordinance would also define large and small drone delivery hubs.

Screening requirements, which are included for portions of a drone operation area, are included for fairness to other uses that require screening, per city documents. Screening requirements could also be waived during the site plan review by the planning and zoning commission.

What’s next?

Council is expected to take action during the Feb. 26 meeting. Council members can vote to approve the changes, reject them, table them or remand them to the city’s planning and zoning commission for another hearing.