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Development Process

Businesses and developers looking to locate in Forney should contact the City’s Community Development office at (972) 564-7384.  A development review committee (DRC) meeting is held each Tuesday morning at the Community Development office.  These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss your project with City staff representing engineering, public works, zoning, building standards, code enforcement and economic development.  You can schedule a DRC by contacting the Community Development office.  Depending on the size of development, the entire process of project review, permitting and governing body approval can be completed in as little as 90 days. 

Businesses leasing existing space must contact the Community Development office in order to receive proper permitting and apply for a Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.).

Additional information on the City of Forney development process can be found here.

A zoning map of the City of Forney is available here.


  •     “The community is real supportive of new business coming in. The city itself has great ideas on what’s coming ahead. I would advise anyone to look at moving into the Forney area.
    - Patrick McCrea
    Owner, Doe Belly’s Catfish Café
  •     Working with the City of Forney has been a pleasure. The City’s proactive response to any problem Steve Silver Company has encountered is refreshing. Glad to call Forney our home.
    - Jud Preskitt
    Vice President, Steve Silver Company
  •     Smurfit Kappa’s Forney Mill has been operating in Forney for over forty years.  Forney is a great place to do business with an excellent, well-educated workforce and a supportive, forward-thinking city government.
    - Dave Nelson
    Vice President of Paper Operations, Smurfit Kappa North America
  •     OGW is a proud member of the Forney business community. The EDC, City Government, and the community as a whole are very open and supportive of growing businesses.
    - Holly Dempsey