Planning & Urban Design

‚ÄčNorthwest Highway & Preston Road Area Plan


Year of Adoption: January 2017

Council District: 13


The Study Area is bounded by Walnut Hill Lane on the north, Hillcrest Road on the east, Meadowbrook Drive and Devonshire Drive on the west, and Southwestern Boulevard and the City of University Park City limits on the south. The Study Area is approximately 1,370 acres in seven study zones, each with unique characteristics and issues which the plan addresses.


The Northwest Highway and Preston Road area will maintain and enhance its position as one of the most desirable and livable residential areas in the City of Dallas, offering stable, protected neighborhoods with a range of great housing alternatives, from rental apartments to estate properties.  A renewed, walkable Preston Center will serve as an urban core for the surrounding neighborhoods, with a balanced mixture of office, retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment facilities, making it possible to live, work and play without getting into your automobile.


The Northwest Highway and Preston Road Area Plan is based on the synthesis of direct input from property owners, community meetings, Advisory Task Force work sessions, research and recommendations from project consultants, and information provided by City and regional officials (NCTCOG & TXDOT). Advisory Task Force, a panel of representatives from each of the study's seven zones met frequently to provide input, ask questions and work toward consensus on various issues.

The plan studies and analyses urban design, traffic congestion and parking issues. It highlights policies and actions directed toward improving public realm, parking and traffic issues and address infrastructure deficiencies. Long term improvements include working with NCTCOG, City of Dallas and TXDOT on road projects and an underground garage. Other land development policies include zoning guidance, streetscape, landscape and pedestrian improvements.

Download Plan: The Northwest Highway and Preston Road Area Plan

Additional Information: 

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) partnered with the City of Dallas in drafting the plan. For more information on public & task force meeting agendas and materials, click here.

Continuous efforts by the NCTCOG are headed through a Parking Garage and Transportation Facility Interface Planning Study.