Through a partnership of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Cities of Dallas, Ferris, Hutchins, Lancaster, and Wilmer, and Dallas County, a need was recognized to perform an infrastructure and facilities assessment of a portion of Southern Dallas County, which will aid in long range planning for the jurisdictions within the study area and sound development for the region.
Representatives from local governments within the study area were appointed by their agencies to participate on the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) and representatives from the developer and landowner community were also elected to provide input to the process. The PAC is a group that oversees the day to day coordination with the lead consultant firm, Wilbur Smith, that was hired by the local governments to perform the analysis. The PAC coordinates public notices, arrangements/scheduling for public meetings, provides local data and public planning documents to the consultant, and is the lead point of coordination for their organization. Please feel free to contact the members listed below for additional information about your area's involvement in the project. All public input into the process is welcome through the comment form under Public Outreach Events section below.
An Infrastructure Analysis Report was created which provides a development framework and implementation program that will support growth of a high-quality, well-integrated Inland Port in Southern Dallas County that spurs additional high-quality and orderly commercial, industrial, and residential development. The analysis focused on infrastructure related to transportation, potable water, sanitary sewer, storm water/drainage, and private/franchise utilities.
A planning area is defined as IH 35 E on the west, Loop 12 on the north, the general Dallas
County line on the south, including the current city limits of Ferris, and the Trinity River on the east.
| Scope, Tasks, and Schedule
The project was conducted in two phases. Phase I focused on a review of past planning efforts to determine if there was a need to do more extensive infrastructure analysis and planning. Because it was determined that more infrastructure analysis was required, Phase 2, authorized in February 2011, started work on a needs assessment that resulted in a Capital Improvement Infrastructure Phasing Plan in October 2012.
1 – Public Involvement and Outreach (Phases 1 & 2)
2 – Historic Review/Inventory of Existing Plans and Documents (Phase 1)
3 – Demographics Alternatives Analysis and Economics (Phase 2)
4 – Infrastructure Capacity and Needs Assessment (Phase 2)
5 – Creation of Infrastructure Analysis Report (Phase 2)
- For full list of documents reviewed and the Final Report, see Documents below.
Phase 1 was completed in early 2011, and Phase 2 was completed in October 2012.
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The Southern Dallas County Infrastructure Analysis project is being guided by a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) that includes representatives from each of the Project Partners, as well as two additional members.
There is one additional member representing developers active in the study area and one representing major land owner interests. These members are charged with keeping their organizations briefed on study issues and activities.
The following events were conducted to receive public input and comments.
- Developer Roundtable - August 30, 2012, 1:00 pm at the City of Lancaster Recreation Center
- Two - Phase 2 Open House 2 - Held on June 21, 2012 , 6:30 to 9:00 pm at UNT - Dallas Campus. Presented the draft infrastructure improvement plan for the Southern Dallas County area through 2035.
- Two - Phase 2 Open House 1 - Held on September 27, 2011, 7:00 to 9:00 pm at UNT - Dallas Campus. Presented anticipated development scenarios through the year 2035 and received public input on projected growth in the study area.
- One - Phase 1 Open House - Held on February 8, 2011, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at UNT - Dallas Campus. This provided an opportunity for the public to hear about the findings of the Phase 1 analysis that indicated whether additional comprehensive infrastructure planning will continue for the area.
- Citizen Roundtable - January 27, 2011, 5:30 pm in the Gazebo Room at the City of Lancaster Recreation Center.
- Initial Listening Session - Held on October 21, 2010, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at UNT - Dallas Campus. This provided an opportunity for the public to hear about the project, learn what they could expect from it, provide input into the process, and find out how they can stay involved.