Draft Vision for Dallas Comprehensive Plan Under Review
The City of Dallas is in the process of developing its first
comprehensive plan. Forward
Dallas! is an effort to involve residents in establishing a vision
of future growth for the
city that will serve as the goal for the comprehensive plan. Using
exercises and computer technology, Dallas Citizens developed alternative
The community involvement process has taken ten months to date. It
is expected to
increase community understanding of the tradeoffs between different
and, thereby, to build community support for strategies to sustain
a healthy and
prosperous city over the long term. Forward Dallas! has involved the community in:
Establishing guiding principles to serve as guideposts for the comprehensive
Developing ideas at community workshops about how to improve specific
Creating maps at citywide workshops to illustrate what future development
look like for the city as a whole.
With this base of community input, three scenarios of future growth were
created as a
way to compare outcomes and learn about the factors that shape the
Trend Scenario: A picture of what the future of Dallas could look like
if there is
no change in today’s development policies (most new households in
Dallas, most new jobs in existing job centers).
Turbo charged Growth Scenario: A picture of a rapidly growing economy
major increase in the number of people who want to live within the
city of Dallas
(twice the number of jobs and five times the number of households
in city limits).
Vision Scenario: A picture of how the public said it wanted development
and housing to occur (an increase in households inside the city limits
new jobs in existing job centers).
Differences between the growth scenarios were measured (see below). Public
tradeoffs between the scenarios is being collected through surveys.
The draft vision and
strategies are currently under
The City Council is expected to approve the vision and strategies as
a means for guiding
choices about future investments.
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