The Community Development Department is located in the City Hall Annex.
The department includes the Main Street Program, Historic Downtown District, Envision Elgin, grant writing and administration, filming in Elgin, and special events such as 2nd Thursdays Sip Shop & Stroll, the Hogeye Festival, Holiday by the Tracks, Art Studio Tour, and Local Lore.
Programs specific to the Historic Downtown District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, include reviews of any changes to the exterior of structures visible from the public right of way, signage, and local reviews for state and federal tax credit programs.
The department works with local sustainable agriculture programs and the Adopt a Spot program.
Elgin is a Texas Film Friendly community and is equipped to support projects ranging from a commercial shoot to a full length feature film.