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Sustainable Development Funding Program: 2009-2010 Call for Projects

Planning Projects

The Regional Transportation Council awarded $1 Million for planning studies through the 2009-2010 Sustainable Development Call for Projects. The purpose of the program is to promote sustainable growth and development by planning for the implementation of land use and transportation integration, smart growth, and other sustainable development principles. The types of funded studies included Transit-Oriented Development planning, downtown master planning, and corridor revitalization and redevelopment strategies. No set schedule has been determined for the issuing of each Request for Proposals. NCTCOG is working with each municipality on scope development and more information about the procurement process can be found here:   Requests for Proposals/Qualifications and Calls for Projects – Transportation

 Funded Sustainable Development Planning Projects

List of Funded Planning Projects

Projects Completed

Arlington - Discover Division: Division Street Corridor Strategy, 2012

Fact Sheet  

Project description:  Division Street is a primary east-west corridor that runs adjacent to historic Downtown Arlington and epitomizes the auto-dominated environment that is typical of much of the modern American landscape.  The Division Street Corridor Master Plan focused on changes to zoning, transportation infrastructure, land use, urban design, and redevelopment funding options that could reshape Division Street between Collins Street and Cooper Street and established an important link between Downtown, the Entertainment District and the University of Texas at Arlington.  Division Street faces several challenges, including a disjointed built environment, aging infrastructure, a lack of transportation options, land uses that are ripe for redevelopment and a need for additional housing.  This project developed a strategy to make Division Street a lively corridor with a mix of uses, improved economic development opportunities and a multi-modal transportation network.

The City of Arlington City Council adopted the report in November 2012. View the adopted report here. [pdf] 11 MB    

Cedar Hill - City Center Development Plan, 2014

Fact Sheet

Project description: This project will plan for transforming the City Center into a transit, bicycle and pedestrian-oriented area that is positioned to take maximum advantage of the future commuter rail line known as the Midlothian Corridor. The future station will be planned as a premier transit-oriented destination, building upon unique local character, promoting community interaction, and expanding local opportunities for a sustainable future. The goal of the plan is to foster growth and development in and around the historic downtown and Main Street area, reduce emissions and VMT, improve energy conservation, and result in a more sustainable lifestyle for residents and visitors. This study would create a detailed plan and implementation program to develop the City Center as a series of three complementary districts connected by a supportive mobility network that will reinforce the City’s premier status by concentrating employment, retail, entertainment, and a diversity of residential uses in City Center. The study plans to take advantage of transit by offering high-capacity accessibility development within a ten-minute walk of the City Center station, along with connections throughout the City Center via a connected, local circulator system. The study will ensure the future development is of the highest quality and reflects Cedar Hill’s distinctive natural and historic built character and will provide multiple opportunities for interaction in a series of safe gathering spaces that add vibrancy and a sense of security to the City Center. 

View the final report here [pdf] 34 MB

City of Cedar Hill Project Web site

Cleburne - Cleburne Downtown Master Plan, 2014

Fact Sheet  

The City of Cleburne, in conjunction with TxDOT and NCTCOG, hosted a series of meetings for public input on the Cleburne...This is Texas: Planning a Sustainable Future for Downtown Study.

Project description: The City of Cleburne is developing a Downtown Master Plan that will give the community a vision with tools to create an attractive, pedestrian-friendly downtown that will attract residents and visitors alike.  The Downtown Master Plan will provide for a walkable, attractive, and accessible area that links pedestrian and bike paths to the existing rail and intermodal station along with decreasing traffic hazards. The project will also plan for the preservation and expansion of Cleburne’s cultural, historical, and artistic capital, mixed-use development, additional housing options, and green space in the area.  The project will involve the analysis of existing zoning regulations and recommendations for modifications and updates to future land use plans.

The Master Plan will give the City the tools it needs for effective and sustainable downtown revitalization and will offer the opportunity to engage the community through collaborative planning, casting a vision for an attractive, accessible and culturally vibrant area. The project is planning for improved access to the intermodal station and future park-and-ride lot that offers opportunity for the City to promote transit-oriented development in the areas adjacent to the future rail station.

View the final report here. [pdf] 11 MB

Dallas - LBJ Skillman Urban Planning Initiative, 2014

Fact Sheet

Project description: The purpose of the LBJ/Skillman Urban Planning Initiative is to identify redevelopment and new transit oriented development opportunities to promote sustainable living, positive economic growth, cultural opportunities and a reduction in crime throughout this strategic focus area as identified in ForwardDallas!. The project area is bounded by Forest Lane on the north, Royal Lane/LBJ on the south, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad tracks on the east, and Arbor Park Drive on the west. The land use study will help to achieve mixed use, transit-oriented, sustainable development in the study area.  The planning project will include the analysis of demographics, DART ridership, allowable density, mix of uses, and the pro/con analysis of form based zoning. The study will identify park, open space and hike/bike trail opportunities, public facility needs, and ways to promote existing and future cultural diversity. The plan will include design recommendations to maximize access to DART rail and potentials for pedestrian circulation; possible zoning changes; and will illustrate proposed pedestrian atmosphere and architectural character for the study area.


View the final report here. [pdf] 6 Mb


  • Workshop:  The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and the City of Dallas are working jointly on the LBJ/Skillman Urban Planning Initiative.  As part of the initiative, the two agencies invited local residents, business owners and others to the workshop to receive feedback.

    The workshop took place from 6:30 until 8:00 pm, Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Forest Lane Academy, 9663 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75243. Please view the following meeting materials.

  • Community Open House: A Community Open House regarding the LBJ/Skillman Urban Planning Initiative was held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Forest Lane Academy, 9663 Forest Lane, Dallas, Texas 75243 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This open house was the second community event for the planning project.

    Two separate sessions were conducted on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The presentation and breakout group discussions at both sessions were the same. Citizens had the opportunity to view and comment on area visioning concepts developed since the first public event in January 2013.


Fort Worth - Berry/University Development Plan, 2016  

Fact Sheet  

Project description: This project will create plans for the revitalization of the Berry Street Corridor and creates a walkable transit-oriented mixed use community plan. The project will prepare a master plan to combine market realities and vision, catalyzed by transit, resulting in a block by block plan-to-build. The project area includes the half-mile radius around the future Berry/Cleburne Transit Station and the area west of station bounded by Bowie Street on the north, Stadium Drive on the west, and Devitt Street on the south.      

For more information on public meetings and a Charrette for the planning project, please visit Berry/University Urban Village.

Garland - Forest-Jupiter Transit-Oriented Redevelopment Plan, 2013 

Fact Sheet


Project description: The project area contains approximately 940 acres located in west central Garland, generally extending from Jupiter Road to Shiloh Road between Walnut Street on the north and Marquis Drive on the south.  The project location generally coincides with the Forest/Jupiter/Walnut catalyst area as identified by the Envision Garland Plan, and encompasses the Forest/Jupiter DART Rail Station, Walnut/Jupiter and Baylor Medical Center Targeted Investment Areas (TIAs).  The Redevelopment Plan addresses land use, urban form and design, infrastructure, access and circulation, sustainability and housing from the perspective of two geographic levels.  It includes a market assessment for the project area.  The Plan also includes recommended catalyst projects and implementation strategies for each of the three targeted investment areas. 

The City of Garland City Council adopted the Redevelopment Plan on May 7, 2013.  View the adopted report here.  Forest Jupiter Transit-Oriented Redevelopment Plan

McKinney - State Highway 5 Corridor Context Sensitive Master Plan, 2014


Fact Sheet  

Project description: State Highway 5 (SH 5) runs the length of the McKinney Town Center and forms its spine. Historically, the roadway was the main north/south highway through the city. However, since the expansion of US 75, this role has diminished. Despite this, SH 5 still supports a large portion of local traffic as well as a concentration of industrial, retail, office, and residential uses. The project area includes SH 5 beginning at the northern city limits and extending south to the southern city limits (generally excluding the downtown area between Walker Street and Anthony Street). The goal of the study is to transform the entire SH 5 Corridor into a revitalized urban roadway that considers the interconnected relationship between land use and transportation. This relationship is critical as SH 5 and the Town Center redevelop, and as rail transit comes on line. The project aims to revitalize the SH 5 Corridor into a functional urban thoroughfare that fits its physical setting and preserves aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources, while still maintaining mobility and safety.

The McKinney State Highway 5 Corridor Master Plan was adopted on June 7, 2014.  View the adopted Plan [pdf] 1.9 MB and Appendices [pdf] 1.5 MB



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