Lets Build
Our Future

Citywide Bus Tour Launches Dallas' First Comprehensive Growth Planning Effort

October 31, 2004

Public invited to shape the city's future at upcoming community workshops

Contact: Patsy Rincon-Kallman 214-670-4128, Ted Burton, 512-797-8200

What:
A rolling press tour officially launches the City of Dallas’ first comprehensive plan. City council members and other community leaders will board a bus and visit Dallas neighborhoods that will be the focus of upcoming community workshops.

When:
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004. Bus leaves City Hall at 9 a.m. and returns by noon.
The press briefing is at 10 a.m.

Where:
The tour begins at the driveway on the South side of City Hall. The first stop is 102 E. Jefferson Blvd. (Corner of S. Beckley and W. Jefferson) in Oak Cliff.

Who:
Dallas City Council Members; Community and neighborhood leaders; John Fregonese, consultant for the Dallas Comprehensive Plan

Visuals:
City council members, community leaders and the media will take a guided tour of sites selected for eight upcoming community workshops, to explore learning each area’s unique challenges. Council members will unveil the Dallas Comprehensive Plan logo at the press briefing on Jefferson Boulevard, one of the workshop locations.

Why:
City of Dallas needs a comprehensive plan to guide growth and development for decades to come. The Dallas Comprehensive Plan will be the most intensive public-involvement planning project the city has ever undertaken.

The comprehensive planning project is called "Forward Dallas! Let's Build our Future." It will build a long-range vision for the city that focuses on land use, transportation and mobility, and economic development.

The public will have numerous opportunities to be involved in the process beginning November 11. Eight hands-on community workshops will be held throughout Dallas followed by a large citywide gathering in February. The community workshops will concentrate on a variety of planning challenges. Participants will map out their vision of what their community should look like some day, creating strategies that will enhance their quality of life and make Dallas more livable.

For more information, call the Forward Dallas! Hot line at 214-670-3312 or visit www.ForwardDallas.org.