The City of Dallas Development Code provides that either the City Council or City Plan Commission may authorize a hearing to consider proper zoning in an area. This differs from typical zoning applications in that property owners have not made an application to change the zoning, the City Council or City Plan Commission initiates a process whereby proper zoning can be determined. Once initiated the same requirements for public hearings apply. There will be a public hearing before the City Plan Commission, and a second public hearing in front of City Council prior to a decision being made on a zoning proposal which has been initiated through the authorized hearing process.
Authorized Hearing Prioritization for Processing
To date, the authorized hearings have been processed in order by the date they were initiated. The new method for determining the order allows the City to leverage City efforts, funding, or other activities related to development in the area of an authorized hearing, by assigning points based on this set of criteria.
As authorized hearings are considered by either the City Council or the City Plan Commission, a list showing the placement of the proposed authorized hearing will be provided. The list will be provided prior to the public hearing to consider initiating the proposed authorized hearing.
The criteria for each authorized hearing will be reviewed on a quarterly basis to determine if changes have occurred in the area to warrant a change in the order. Changes such as a recently adopted land use plan or a significant infrastructure project starting within the next six months would garner additional points and may elevate the authorized hearing on the list.
Any changes to the list will be distributed to the City Council and the City Plan Commission as well as reflected on this webpage.
Click here for the Authorized Hearing Prioritization List Updated 5/28/2020
Authorized Hearings in Progress
- Planned Development District No. 305 (Z128-223)
An area generally located on both sides of North Central Expressway with Carroll Avenue to the north, Hall Street to the south, Turtle Creek Boulevard to the west, and Ross Avenue to the east and consisting of approximately 116.62 acres.
- Planned Development District No. 317 (Z167-311)
The Cedars area, generally bounded by I-30 on the north, I-45 on the east, Santa Fe Railroad right-of-way on the south and the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way on the west.
- Arts District (Z167-360)
This area is currently zoned Planned Development District No. 145, Planned Development District No. 708, and CA-1(A) Central Area District bound by St. Paul Street, San Jacinto Street, Central Expressway, and Woodall Rodgers Freeway.
- Planned Development District No. 621 (Z190-136)
Subdistricts 1, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1F, 1G, 1H, and 1I within Planned Development District No. 621, Old Trinity and Design District Special Purpose District; an area generally bounded Sylvan Avenue / Wycliff Avenue on the northwest, the meanders of the old channel of the Trinity River on the north, Interstate 35 on the east, Continental Avenue on the south, and the Trinity River Floodway on the west.
- Vickery Meadow (Z167-378)
An area generally bound by Walnut Hill Lane to the north, North West Highway to the south, Pineland Drive to the east and Greenville Avenue to the west.
- Elm Thicket
An area generally bound by Lovers Lane to the north, Inwood Road to the east, Mockingbird Lane to the south and Lemmon Avenue and Bluffview Boulevard to the west.
- The Bottom
This area is currently zoned a R-5(A) Single Family District, and TH-1(A) Townhouse Districts.
Completed Authorized Hearings (click here)