Planning & Urban Design

​Stemmons Corridor - Southwestern Medical District Area Plan






Year of Adoption: June 2010

Council Districts: 6, 2, 14


The Stemmons Corridor – Southwestern Medical District Plan Area contains approximately 3,885 acres (about six square miles) and is generally bounded by the Trinity River, Mockingbird Lane, Downtown, and the City's Uptown area.


The Stemmons Corridor – Southwestern Medical District Area is a destination. It is destination for business, trade and economic innovation; a destination for premier medical attention and research; a destination for living with desirable, diverse urban housing; and a destination for shopping, recreation, and entertainment, with unique shops and experiences.

The Consensus vision is divided into three sections: Future Land Development Vision, Future Circulation Vision, Strategic Opportunity Areas.


The forwardDallas! plan identifies the Stemmons Corridor – Southwestern Medical District area as an area of growth and stressed the need for an area plan to guide this growth to foster desirable development patterns. The study area has numerous existing assets and new opportunities including new development, redevelopment and underutilized assets like the Southwestern Medical District: The DART Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), Dallas Love Field Airport, Victory Plaza / American Airlines Center Area, stable Single-family Neighborhoods, Trails and Connectivity potential, The Market Center, The Design District, The Trinity River Park and Area Hotel Facilities

The Vision and Policy Plan component updates and refines the forwardDallas! Vision for the area, providing more context-specific policy direction to serve as an ongoing guide for future land development.  It is intended to remain relevant through the long term with a 30-year planning horizon.  This component is incorporated into the forwardDallas! Comprehensive Plan through an amending ordinance.

The Implementation Program component focuses on defining specific actions to bring about strategic change needed to realize the vision.  This component is adopted by Council resolution to establish shorter term work programs and priorities.  It focuses on a 5 to 7-year planning horizon and will require periodic review and update.

Download Plan: Stemmons Corridor – Southwestern Medical District Area Plan 

Additional Information:

Plans that lie in and around the boundaries of the Stemmons Corridor - Southwestern Medical District Area Plan are as follows:

The Stemmons/Design District Land Use Plan area was adopted to analyze current zoning and development needs, assess the impact of recommendations  and determine the potential for a Special Purpose District to address zoning issues that might otherwise impede future economic growth and development.

The Southwestern Medical Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District represents the outgrowth of the City's effort to provide a model for redeveloping a former industrial and warehouse district to take full advantage of the expanding DART light rail system, to promote transit oriented development, and to implement appropriate urban design standards.