Lets Build
Our Future

Introduction to the Plan

The face of Dallas is changing rapidly. New buildings, new businesses and new people are continually renewing and reinventing our energetic, successful city.

This eye toward change means Dallas has the potential for strong economic growth. It also means that the policies, strategies and practices that worked in the past must be revisited to make sure they continue to work for Dallas as it grows and improves.

The Comprehensive Plan for the City will be key in helping Dallas move toward becoming an even more successful, vibrant place to live, work and visit.

Blueprint for a Healthy & Successful Dallas

A Comprehensive Plan uses a community's vision and priorities to develop guidelines for future development and strategies to help achieve those goals. Dallas' plan will focus on guiding and integrating three elements:

  • Land use - Working strategically to stabilize existing residential neighborhoods and to accommodate growth, housing needs and development patterns
  • Transportation - Using roads efficiently, reducing congestion, and supporting development around DART stations
  • Economic development - Supporting business recruitment and retention, retail growth, and small business development
Impact of the plan

The Comprehensive Plan will be designed to provide the blueprint for implementation actions and act as a guide for the Dallas City Council regarding allocation of City resources. The plan will focus growth where it is wanted and needed and protect stable areas of the City. The plan will also address convenient access to shopping and jobs for more people, and provide more housing and travel options for residents of Dallas.

How the Plan Will be Created

Listening to the people

The City of Dallas will hold hands-on workshops throughout the City so that everyone can share their ideas about how Dallas should grow during the next several decades.

Participants will make recommendations about where homes and jobs of the future should be located around the City. They also will make suggestions about transportation, transit, and roadway needs and areas to be preserved as open space. The input gained through these workshops will form the foundation upon which the Comprehensive Plan will be built.

The City of Dallas encourages residents from all over the city to come share their ideas at one or all of these important community workshops!

Creating scenarios

Based on the workshop results, model plans (called "growth scenarios") will be developed that provide an overview of how future growth will affect different geographic areas of the City. Each scenario will provide a clear example of what the future of Dallas could look like under varying circumstances.

Forging the vision

Residents and community leaders will indicate their preferences for each growth scenario, and the City of Dallas will craft a comprehensive, long-range plan that incorporates strategies for implementing a common vision for the future.

Planning for our Future

Urban areas can be vibrant, amazing places, providing a wealth of opportunities -- for business, education, entertainment, food, art, and recreation -- within a relatively small area. But without thoughtful guidance shaping an urban area's growth, problems such as congestion, long commutes, loss of open space, and air and water pollution can undermine its livability.

One of planning's many advantages is it allows a community to choose the areas where it wants to focus growth (for example, in commercial districts or around transit stations) and choose areas to maintain stability (such as existing established neighborhoods).

Planning for an urban area's future requires thinking about a variety of interrelated issues, including:

  • How people get from place to place
  • How land is used
  • Where and how people live
  • Where businesses and housing are located
  • Building and street design
  • Infrastructure development, such as roads or sewer lines
  • The effect of development on natural resources