Forward Dallas Comprehensive Plan
• 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
• 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.
• 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
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
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.
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
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