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Sustainable Development Funding Program: 2005-2006 Call for Projects

Planning Projects
The Regional Transportation Council awarded $1 Million for planning studies through the 2005-2006 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. Studies range from infrastructure analysis, Transit-Oriented Development station area planning, market analyses, to urban design guidelines and planning for complete streets.
Bellaire Area Sustainable Development Planning Project


Burleson - Burleson TOD Master Plan, 2012

Fact Sheet


Project Description: The planned commuter rail known as the Cleburne Corridor has a proposed station in the City of Burleson. The Burleson TOD Plan will include an analysis of current and future market and development conditions for the Burleson West TOD District and the historic downtown, Old Town Overlay District, will be included. The Project will include the identification of short- and long-term strategies that can be implemented in Burleson with initial bus service and a station that has the flexibility to be converted to a commuter rail station when demand and demographic thresholds are met and funding is available. The Project will include recommendations to encourage pedestrian and bicycle access in addition to vehicle travel to the station.


Community Meeting - July 5, 2011, 6:00 pm, City of Burleson City Hall
Media Release

Community Meeting - April 7, 2011, 6:30 pm, City of Burleson City Hall
Media Release
Presentation [pdf] 10 MB
Concept A
Concept B
Concept C
Public Comment Report

Community Meeting - January 13, 2011, 6:30 pm, City of Burleson City Hall
Media Release
Presentation [pdf] 5 MB
Public Comment Report

Final Report - September 2012
Burleson TOD Master Plan [pdf] 8MB

Dallas - UNT Dallas Area Context Sensitive Transportation Study, 2011

Fact Sheet

Project Description:  The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) partnered with the City of Dallas,
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and the University of North Texas (UNT) to implement the UNT Dallas Area Context Sensitive Transportation Study, focusing on the following goals:

1) Conduct a comprehensive area-wide review of transportation needs within the context of the UNT 
     Campus Area Plan;
2) Integrate existing roadway, trail, and transit plans in the UNT Dallas Area, and;
3) Develop specific context sensitive design standards for roadways, light rail, and trails within the area.

Dallas - West Dallas Signature Point Project, 2014

Fact Sheet

Project Description: Large scale land acquisitions, along with key capital projects such as the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, are setting the stage for the redevelopment of the West Dallas study area.  As a result, the West Dallas Urban Structure and Guidelines were drafted to define a cohesive urban design vision for the area's long-term redevelopment.  However, existing infrastructure is not currently in place to support the build-out of the vision created.  Development of a Master Plan is underway to analyze and prioritize investments within the study area to best position catalyst areas identified in the adopted West Dallas Urban Structure and Guidelines document for redevelopment.  The desired outcome of the project is a detailed redevelopment and investment strategy for the area that can inform the City’s Capital Improvement Program, upcoming bond cycle, and other opportunities for non-traditional funding. The project is anticipated to be complete early 2014.

West Dallas Urban Structure and Guidelines

        Water and Waste Water Needs
        City of Dallas Needs Inventory

        West Dallas Signature Point Master Plan [PDF] 11.3 MB

Dallas - Garland Road Vision Study, 2010

Fact Sheet

Project Description:  NCTCOG and the City of Dallas coordinated on a planning study to assess the possibilities available for the Garland Road corridor to create greater character, meaning and livability within the City of Dallas.  Key Study elements include neighborhood preservation, the advancement of attractive and inviting retail establishments, corridor beautification, and the incorporation of pedestrian-friendly amenities.

The Dallas-Garland Road Vision Study used input from public and private stakeholders from adjacent areas to create an up-to-date area vision, including implementation strategies for this important area of Dallas. The process focused on assessing the existing conditions and determining the future direction of development, including enhancement of the area's operational, experiental, and residential functions. The study was submitted to the Dallas City Plan Commission and the Dallas City Council to help provide the basis for funding recommended improvements along the Garland Road corridor in the future. The study reflects the needs and desires of both residential and retail stakeholders.

The Dallas-Garland Road Vision Study Deliverables:
       1)  A circulation vision for the Garland Road corridor that provides guidance for future
             thoroughfare planning and context sensitive design of transportation networks in the study area.
       2)  A future land use development vision that provides policy guidelines for land use patterns
             in the study area and provides a quantitative basis for future transportation, housing, infrastructure,
             and economic development in the study area.
       3)  A strategic opportunity vision that identifies viable areas and that will serve as a catalyst for
             the study area.

     Additional information can be found on the Garland Road Vision website.
     1999 Garland Road Study

Ellis County - Ellis County Sustainable Subdivision Regulations, 2012

Fact Sheet

Project Description:   NCTCOG awarded Ellis County funds for the Ellis County Subdivision Regulations planning study in 2006. The goal of the study was to develop a guide for drafting sustainable subdivision rules and regulations that can be used by all of the rural counties in the 16 county Non-Attainment area as Best Management Practices.  The project also examined current regulations at the County and State level.

             Ellis County Subdivision Regulations Template
             Ellis County Subdivision Regulations Executive Summary - May 2012

Fort Worth - Evans & Rosedale Area Housing Study and Design Guidelines, 2009

Fact Sheet

Project Description:  The Evans & Rosedale Sustainable Development Planning Project included the development of a housing market assessment, pre-approved home plans, and recommendation of urban design standards to encourage infill development in the neighborhood. The project created a framework for new quality housing production and commercial district revitalization. The housing market assessment identifies residential product types that satisfy current and anticipated market demand and describe appropriate marketing strategies. The design standards and guidelines provide affordable new and infill housing options to create a sustainable pedestrian-oriented urban neighborhood in the Evans & Rosedale Urban Village located in Fort Worth.

Hurst - Hurst-Bellaire Sustainable Redevelopment Plan, 2009

Fact Sheet

Project Description:  The Bellaire area of Hurst was developed in the 1950s and 1960s in response to economic development and job creation at the Bell Helicopter manufacturing plant about one mile south on State Highway 10.  The area was a commercial and residential center into the 1980s, but since then it has seen periods of disinvestments, which have led to a loss of neighborhood value and desirability.  The Hurst-Bellaire Sustainable Development planning study provides strategies to reverse the trend of disinvestment and guide short-term and long-term neighborhood-wide improvements in Hurst and Bedford.  The planning project will provide a catalyst for similar redevelopment along Pipeline Road and Bedford Euless Road corridors. The City of Hurst was awarded funding through the 2009-2010 Sustainable Development Call For Projects to implement many of the pedestrian and roadway improvements recommended in the study.

Richland Hills - Transit-Oriented Development Plan, 2009


Fact Sheet


Project Description:  FWTAransit-Oriented Development Plan identifies short- and long-term sustainable development strategies that can be implemented in and around the Richland Hills Trinity Railway Express (TRE) station. The plan includes an evaluation of the best methodology for the mixed-use re-zoning of the property surrounding the TRE Station. The study also includes an evaluation of economic investment strategies such as Public Improvement Districts (PID), Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ), and Neighborhood Empowerment Zones (NEZ).  Special emphasis was placed on the sustainable development of the Handley-Ederville corridor, which connects to the TRE Station, and the intersection of State Highway 121 and Handley- Ederville Road.   A key goal in the study was to develop a plan to sustainably develop the industrial park surrounding the station to include high-end business and residential tenants.  Click on the following link for the project area map.


Multiple Partners - Southern Dallas County Infrastructure Analysis, 2012

Fact Sheet

Please visit for information on scope of work, schedule, public and outreach  events, and documents.

Project Description:  Through a partnership of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), 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.

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.

Southern Dallas County Infrastructure Analysis - Final Report  [pdf] 25.5 MB - October 2012


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