Planning & Urban Design

​The Bottom Urban Structure & Guidelines Area Plan



Year of Adoption: April 2015

Council District4


'The Bottom' is a 126-acre neighborhood, located between Interstate-35E to the west, Corinth Street to the east, Eighth Street to the south and the Trinity River Floodplain to the north.


The Vision represents a resilient path forward for this community engaged initiative, allowing for growth and maintained character, as well as design guidance for connectivity to future and existing park amenities, walkable streets and a recommended residential architectural form that speaks to reinforcing a sense of community.


The urban structure and guidelines area plan was developed using a collaborative, community-based process under the guidance of the Dallas Citydesign Studio. The plan proposes a set of goals for stakeholders of the Bottom.  The plan includes detailed guidance for development of public areas to help foster private development as well as priorities for these public realm improvements. The overall Study Area is sub-divided into five 'Area Visions', based on each area's future development characteristics​.

 The Urban Structure has 8 chapters:

  1. Introduction: a different approach to planning process.
  2. Vision + Direction:  Neighborhood Vision, Illustrative Urban  Structure, District Visions for the Bottom and Successful Development Precedents.
  3. Civic Policy Context: Existing Policies documentation
  4. Expectations of the Urban Structure:  Phasing and a Sustainable and Equitable Plan.
  5. Guidelines:  Preface, Street and Public Realm, Parks and Open Space and Architectural Guidelines.
  6. Implementation:  Approach
  7. Glossary of Terms
  8. Appendix:  Including Community Charrettes, 8th Street Corridor Study, Slope Analysis, Tree Canopy Survey, Landscape Amenities, Site Furnishings, Existing Conditions and References.

​Download Plan: The Bottom Urban Structure & Guidelines Area Plan

Additional Information:​

Other plan in the area includes the Trinity River Corridor Comprehensive Land Use Plan.  It is an important tool for the individuals and organizations that make decisions affecting the Trinity River Corridor.  Its broad vision describes the character this corridor should have in the future.