Planning & Urban Design

​Trinity River Corridor Comprehensive Land Use Plan


Year of Adoption: March 2005, (Revised) December 2009

Council Districts: 6, 2, 1, 7, 8, 5


The Trinity River Corridor includes approximately 44,000 acres in size - about 20% of the land area in Dallas. The boundaries of the corridor span from Royal Lane in the north to I-20 in southern Dallas, and approximately 1.5 miles on either side of the Trinity River.


The 2050 Vision Statement for the Trinity River Corridor in Dallas: The Trinity River Corridor is a unified collection of diverse neighborhoods and business centers at the heart of a unified and thriving Dallas, connected by a ribbon of blue water and green spaces that is the Trinity River. Additionally, the Trinity River Corridor is the City's model for economic growth without physical, social or economic barriers, which attracts residents and visitors to live, learn, work, shop and play within a cosmopolitan urban core, and alongside the river's meandering environment. Five objectives for future development in the Trinity Corridor add detail to the 2050 Vision Statement. They provide guidance that shapes this plan's recommendations for each part of this very large corridor.  The five objectives are:

•             Reconnect North and South Dallas

•             Establish the role of economic development along the Trinity River

•             Create a vibrant central city

•             Establish the Trinity River floodplain as the front yard of the City

•             Enhance the City's urban form to increase the appeal of urban life


This Comprehensive Land Use Plan 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.  It establishes the general principles that will direct preparation of detailed plans for smaller parts of this large area.  It provides guidance about the appropriate land uses and development patterns for the corridor that can be used by citizens, property owners and City officials as they review specific development proposals. The Trinity River Corridor Comprehensive Land Use Plan is the 'blueprint' for this future. The plan's main sections are:

  • A Vision to Transform Dallas' Trinity River Corridor, which imagines the future of this corridor and describes its key features;
  • Land Use and Urban Design Throughout the Trinity Corridor, which explains the overall principles that should guide land use and urban design in all parts of the Trinity Corridor;
  • Implementation Strategies Throughout the Trinity Corridor, which explains the capital projects and other tools needed to carry out this plan;
  • Trinity Corridor District Plans, which provides more detailed direction about the development patterns parts of the corridor;
  • Creating This Plan, which summarizes the process used to prepare this plan; and
  • Background Documents, which lists the resource reports produced during the planning process. 

Download Plan: Trinity River Corridor Comprehensive Land Use Plan

Additional Information:  

The Oak Cliff Gateway is an amendment to the Trinity River Corridor Comprehensive Plan. 

The home of the Trinity River Corridor Project, is city of Dallas public works and economic development project can be found here.

Other area plans that lie in and around the boundaries of the Trinity River Comprehensive Land Use Plan are as follows:

The Cedars Area Plan  adopted in 2002 focuses on land use, zoning, urban design, and transportation issues. The goal is to create a vision for future development in the Cedars to be used as a basis for amending the zoning in the area and as a policy guide for future City actions.

The Bachman Lake/West Northwest Highway Needs Assessment Study adopted in 2005, is a citizen-based study to review and address opportunities for improving the quality of development to meet the current needs of the business and residential communities.  The plan incorporates information from the

The Stemmons Corridor – Southwestern Medical District Area Plan 2010, provides guidance for future land development through a vision, policy and implementation program. It serves as a destination for business, trade and economic innovation, medical attention and research, urban housing, shopping, recreation, and entertainment. The plan incorporates information from the Stemmons/Design District Land Use Plan adopted in 2001.

The objective of the West Dallas Urban Structure & Guidelines  2011, is to facilitate the organic revitalization and urbanization of a portion of West Dallas. The Urban Structure outlines both the conservation and revitalization of the area.

The Fort Worth Avenue Visioning and Conceptual Land Use Planning Study was approved in 2003, the plan outlines a vision and recommendations for the Fort Worth Avenue corridor.

The Fort Worth Avenue Corridor Land Use and Urban Design Study was approved in 2004, provides land use, zoning, and urban design guidelines to direct future decisions and influence policy development along the West Commerce Street/Fort Worth Avenue corridor.

The Bottom Urban Structure & Guidelines 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 amenities.

The Downtown Dallas 360 Plan is intended to provide design guidelines, establishing precedence as a path forward for downtown. As a collaborative initiative, the 360 Plan presents and prioritizes specific actions in key focus areas that are recommended as critical to Downtown's future success. 

The Hatcher Station Area Plan details specific initiatives to create a better future for the area, with attention to improving safety and multi-modal connectivity, reinvigorating affordable housing, and establishing strategies and guidelines to create a thriving transit-oriented neighborhood.

Several TIF (Tax Increment Financing) and PID (Public Investment District) plans that lie in and around the boundaries of the Trinity River Comprehensive Land Use Plan can be viewed at the the Office of Economic Develeopment PID & TIF pages. The TIFs include  Oak Cliff Gateway TIFFort Worth Avenue TIF, Sports Arena TIF, Design District TIF , TOD TIF , Cedars TIF , City Center TIF and Farmers Market TIF. The PIDs include  South Dallas/Fair Park Public Improvement District (PID), South Side Public Improvement District (SSPID) , Downtown Improvement District (DID), Oak Lawn-Hi Line Public Improvement District (OLHL PID) and Klyde Warren Park/Dallas Arts District Public Improvement District (KWP / DAD PID).