Planning & Urban Design

​Stemmons / Design District Land Use Plan 

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Year of Adoption: October 2001

Council District: 6


The 194 acre Stemmons / Design District Study Area is bounded by Stemmons Freeway (I-35E) to the north and east, Continental Avenue and the Trinity Levee to the south and southwest and Wycliff Avenue to the west.  


The primary impetus for this Land Use Plan was to study how this area would respond to the emerging Victory Development, DART LRT/TRE Stations, the Katy Trail, and the future Trinity River project. The plan vision is to encourage adaptive reuse of existing structures (e.g. warehouse loft apartments) and encouraging new infill developments to help transition aging industrial areas into a distinctive mixed-use destination.


The Stemmons / Design District Land Use Plan identifies impediments, such as where zoning and land use incompatibilities, to the district's potential for mixed-use.  The process included an analysis of zoning, development needs, code limitations, building re-use potential, retail needs, parking and access. The plan identified as a challenge the existing buildings and infrastructure in can attracting and accommodating future residents. The plan recommends the creation of Planned Development 621, 'Old Trinity and Design District' Special Purpose District to address the issues identified in the plan to facilitate future development.  

Download: Stemmons / Design District Land Use Plan

Additional Information: 

Stemmons Corridor Southwestern Medical District Plan, adopted in June 2010, this broad study area covers 3,885 acres encompassing the Stemmons / Design District Plan. 

Trinity River Corridor Comprehensive Land Use Study 2005, Revised 2009 provides guidance for land use and urban design in association with the expanded study for the Trinity River Corridor.

Planned Development 621, 'Old Trinity and Design District' Special Purpose District, adopted in August 2002, was the result of the Stemmons / Design District Land Use Plan to provide policy guidance for future development. 

The Design District TIF was enacted in January 2006 in to provide a source funding for public infrastructure improvements to assist redevelopment.