West Dallas Comprehensive Land Use Study
The West Dallas Study area is approximetly 3 miles West of downtown Dallas, South of the Trinity River-Elm Fork Connection and North of the OPak Cliff area and is composed of approximently 6,500 acres. The specific study area boundaries are defined by the Trinity River Greenbelt to the East & North, I-30 to the South, and the Dallas City limits to the West.
The West Dallas Comprehensive Land Use Study identifies and inventories all existing land uses and zoning and distinguishes key issues that are most likely to influence the postive redevelopment and stability of the area.
The study is intended to be used as a planning tool by citizens, neighborhood groups, businesses, public officicals, city departments, local non-profits and interest groups to preliminarly guide decisions about land use with respect to key land use components and goals.
The Department of Planning and Development initiated the West Dallas Comprehensive Land Use Study through the approval of its 1996-97 Work Plan. City Councilmembers of Districts 1 and District 6 appointed steering committee members in May of 1997 to represent the West Dallas community's interests. An interdepartmental review team was established in coordination with the Northwest Service Coordination Team to help orchestrate the city staffs efforts. The steering committee and coordinating city staff have met monthly, conducted a citizen bus tour, and formed task forces.
The task force structure was designed to facilitate the gathering of land use information, provide a mechanism for land use discussion and to further the development of jointly determined goals and recommendations for action.
Citizen input was initiated through a bus tour held on August 19, 1997. During the bus tour, participants identified issues that were important in West Dallas and actively discussed the importance of catalyst project locations to spur growth. They prioritized potential, catalyst locations and identified stakeholders that should be involved in determining future land use strategies.
Numerous task force meetings have been held since October 1997. Over 100 team members and citizens have collected, identified and discussed the feasibility of land use opportunities. The groups have engaged in discussions to generate new ideas and to prioritize land use recommendations with consideration given to available resources.and economic factors.
The recommendations and information gathered by the task force members were presented to the community during a workshop held in January of 1998. More than 75 participants, including West Dallas citizens, city councilmembers, planning commissioners, and staff attended . the workshop. The participants worked to prioritize objectives and create "visioning maps" in the ten land use areas.
A portion of the study area falls within three other area plan studies The 360 Plan, the West Dallas Urban Structures and Guidelines. and the Trinity River Corridor Comprehensive Land Use Study.