forwardDallas! Vision

This long-term plan was developed through community input and detailed analysis of economic, land use, housing and transportation trends.  The purpose is to guide development, creating a city with many neighborhoods of unique character, safe parks, bustling transit centers, a thriving urban downtown and excellent  employment opportunities.


Introduction to the Plan

A Comprehensive Plan uses a community’s vision and priorities to develop guidelines for future development and strategies to help achieve those goals. Dallas’ plan focuses on guiding and integrating three elements:

  • Land use – Working strategically to stabilize existing residential neighborhoods and to accommodate growth, housing needs and development patterns
  • Transportation – Using roads efficiently, reducing congestion and supporting development around DART stations
  • Economic development – Supporting business recruitment and retention, retail growth and small business development

Impact of the Plan

The Comprehensive Plan is designed to provide the blueprint for implementation actions and act as a guide for the Dallas City Council regarding allocation of City resources. The plan focuses growth where it is wanted and needed and protects stable areas of the City. The plan also addresses convenient access to shopping, jobs for more people and providing more housing and travel options for residents of Dallas.

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Creating the Plan

Listen to the People

The City of Dallas held hands-on workshops throughout the City for residents to share their ideas about how Dallas should grow. Participants made recommendations as to where future homes and jobs should be located; what transportation, transit and roadway needs exist; and where open space should be preserved. The input gained through these workshops formed the foundation for the plan.

Create Scenarios

Based on the workshop results, model plans (called “growth scenarios”) were developed providing an overview of how future growth may affect different areas of the city. Each scenario provided a clear example of what the future of Dallas could look like under varying circumstances.

Forge the Vision

Residents and community leaders indicated their preferences for each growth scenario and the City of Dallas crafted a comprehensive, long-range plan incorporating strategies to implement this common vision for the future.

Planning for Our Future

Urban areas can be vibrant, amazing places providing a wealth of opportunities – for business, education, entertainment, food, art and recreation – but without thoughtful guidance shaping an urban area’s growth, problems such as congestion, long commutes, loss of open space and air and water pollution can undermine its livability.

One of planning’s many advantages is it allows a community to choose the areas where it wants to focus growth (for example, in commercial districts or around transit stations) and choose areas to maintain stability (such as existing established neighborhoods).

Planning for an urban area’s future requires thinking about a variety of interrelated issues including:

    • How people get from place to place
    • How land is used
    • Where and how people live
    • Where businesses and housing are located
    • Building and street design
    • Infrastructure development, such as roads or sewer lines
    • The effect of development on natural resources