Forward Dallas Comprehensive Plan

An abridged version of the document oriented toward landscape and natural resource protection and preservation.

The Vision :

• Guiding Principles and Core Values

• Describes the conceptual Vision for

the future of Dallas

The Policy Plan

• The policy framework for land use,

transportation, housing, environment,

economic development, neighborhoods and

urban design

• Adjusted every 5-10 years

The Implementation Projects

• This Plan contains “do now” action items for

the City to pursue

• Provides detailed plans for targeted areas

as well as citywide programs

• Adjusted every year

The Monitoring Plan

• Establishes benchmarks and a program to

assess whether the goals of the Vision and the

Policy Plan are being achieved


Core Values: Education, Public Safety, Healthy Environment, Job Growth, Convenient Transportation, Quality of Life

Core Values - Healthy Environment: A beautiful city with healthy air, water, trees and parks

Residents strongly value the area’s natural assets and want to

protect air quality, water quality and trees. Access to nearby parks

is important for public health and livability of neighborhoods.

Ideal: The city’s natural resources are conserved and protected

for current and future generations.

Key Initiatives

• Create strong and healthy neighborhoods.

• Ensure environmental sustainability.

• Encourage new development patterns.

Ensure Environmental Sustainability

This initiative focuses on protecting Dallas’ water quality

and watersheds, promoting energy efficiency, increasing

the urban tree canopy, improving air quality, protecting and

enhancing open space, planning for more parks and maintaining

important views and vistas. Residents want a healthier natural

and urban environment and forwardDallas! builds from existing

plans, such as the Renaissance Plan and the Friends of the Old

Trinity Trail Master Plan, by establishing policies for open space,

recreational trails and restoration of degraded natural areas. Central

to this Key Initiative is identifying, inventorying and protecting

important natural resources, sensitive ecosystems, open spaces

and cherished views. Included are policies to mitigate the urban

heat island effect, improve storm water management within the

city, reduce smog, expand the absorption capacity of floodplains

and allow the restoration and rehabilitation of Trinity River

riparian corridors. City-funded infrastructure will meet national

“green building” standards through the Leadership in Energy and

Environmental Design program established by the U.S. Green

Building Council. Dallas residents will enjoy better access to new

recreational areas and trails through the acquisition and protection

of environmentally sensitive lands in floodplains, riparian areas

and within the escarpment. In addition, long-range planning for

parks and open spaces will ensure residents can enjoy access to

quality natural areas and recreational opportunities in the decades

to come.

Encourage New Development Patterns

In order to achieve the Vision, new development patterns,

called Building Blocks, have been developed. These Building

Blocks, which address transportation, urban design and housing,

incorporate both existing and future development. They arrange

housing and employment opportunities in ways that can decrease

the use of cars, increase the use of public transit, and decrease the

overall amount of land developed to promote open, green spaces.

• Enhance the economy.

• Make quality housing more accessible.

• Enhance transportation systems.

Natural Areas and the Trinity River

Lakes, rivers, streams and parks form a vital system of green

space throughout Dallas. Beloved places such as White

Rock Lake, the Escarpment, and the Great Trinity Forest

will be joined by new parks, open spaces and restored streams.

Dallas is moving forward to create thousands of acres of parkland

envisioned by the Trinity River Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

ForwardDallas! embraces that plan and provides ways to enhance

the City’s natural heritage by protecting riparian areas and drainage




Land Use




Urban Design