The Community Development Department provides planning services that enhance the overall living environment of Castroville's population. Staff provides design guidance, reviews zoning and subdivision applications, and shapes public policy related to growth and development. The department is responsible for maintaining and updating the City's planning documents including, but not limited to, the City's Master Plan.  The Department strives both to enhance relationships with residents and neighborhood organizations and to expand participation in the planning process by providing information and technical assistance to the City's residents, property owners, neighborhood groups and developers.

Planning Documents

2023-2024 Master Plan and Code Updates

2022 Planning Education

1.    Topic 1: What’s coming? When? How do we shape it?Steve Oubre, Architect and city-scale master planner

2.    Topic 2: What is the Architectural Style of Castroville? Why is it unique?Kathryn O’Rourke – Architectural Historian, specializing in “vernacular architecture”.

3.    Topic 3: How do we preserve the Historic character of Castroville with Historic Districts?Vince Michael – Executive Director for the SA Conservation Society.

4.    Topic 4: What zoning ordinances do we need to foster alternative models for growth?John Anderson – experienced town planner and small-scale developer.

5.    Series Recap – Confirm shared learnings, share action plan, and gather feedback.Darrin Schroeder – Mayor, Castroville, TX