Forward Dallas Comprehensive Plan

An abridged version of the document oriented toward landscape and natural resource protection and preservation.
Comprehensive Plan cover
The Vision : 
•  Guiding Principles and Core Values
•  Describes the conceptual Vision for  
the future of Dallas
•  The policy framework for land use, 
transportation, housing, environment, 
economic development, neighborhoods and 
urban design
•  Adjusted every 5-10 years
•  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.

Key Initiatives
•  Enhance the economy. 
•  Make quality housing more accessible.
•  Create strong and healthy neighborhoods.
•  Enhance transportation systems. 
 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.

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