Trinity River Corridor Project 23 Study Areas

Urban Design and Plans for Specific Areas / Urban Design Framework The Comprehensive Land Use Plan identifies critical urban design issues for areas along the Trinity. It sets four key principles to guide urban design in these areas:

  • Protecting key view corridors so new development does not block important vistas of the Dallas skyline, the Trinity River and landmarks such as the signature bridges.

  • Avoiding a 'wall of buildings' that limits views along the river greenbelt edge.

  • Establishing riverfront development patterns that encourage new investment and redevelopment while protecting views from properties located further from the river's edge.

  • Establishing riverfront development patterns that enhance the view looking back at the city from the trails, lakes, and wetlands inside the river greenbelt and from the bridges crossing the river.

Trinity Corridor Planning Districts
The Trinity River Corridor is divided into seven Planning Districts in order to communicate appropriate land use planning and design policies for each part of the corridor. These districts are: South Trinity Forest, I-45 Gateway, North Trinity Forest, Downtown - Lakes, West Dallas, Stemmons and Elm Fork. The Plan discusses each Planning District in detail, identifying issues and explaining the District's preferred land use plan. Detailed plans for special areas within the districts are also presented. Study Areas Within the Trinity River Corridor, 23 study areas were identified or more detailed evaluation and policy recommendation. These areas include important existing neighborhood and business assets, are adjacent to key Trinity River Corridor project improvements, or are near other major public facilities or investments. The detailed development direction for each of these study areas includes an area description and two key plans. A "Land Use Opportunity Plan" shows specific development opportunities in the study area, based on expected market response to the Trinity Project's major public improvements. These maps also capture the land use desires for the corridor expressed by the stakeholders through a series of stakeholder meetings and reflect the professional evaluation of staff and consultants. An "Urban Design Framework Plan" illustrates the development framework created by major public projects and additional design features that should be created during future development. These features include entry portals, design of significant intersections, pedestrian access to the Trinity River, preservation priorities, streetscape treatment, and other significant civic elements. Prototype Sites A final component of this land use planning and urban design study was the creation of example site development plans for ten prototype sites within the corridor. These sites' development conditions are similar to those at many other Corridor locations. The prototype site plans do not show actual current projects; instead they are examples of new development supported by Trinity public investments. The case studies for these prototype sites include landuse mix and intensity; a site plan showing suggested roads, buildings, landscaping and other features; aneconomic analysis and specific implementation tools to achieve the example developments.
For More Information
This plan is the result of a process that began in 2000 and concluded when the Dallas City Council adopted this plan on March 9, 2005.For more information on development direction for a particular area or to obtain the complete Comprehensive Land Use Plan, please contact the Trinity River Planning & Development Office at (214) 671-9500 or 1500 Marilla 6BS, Dallas TX 75201 or go to
The Trinity and Dallas
The Trinity River Corridor includes almost 70 square miles of territory in the center of Dallas and at the heart of a major urban region. A crossing of the Trinity River was the site where Dallas was founded and today this corridor includes many of the city's most recognizable landmarks, its downtown, a large share of its economic base and its most notable natural areas. For all these reasons, the future of Dallas is closely linked to the future of this corridor. Dallas voters understood the importance of this corridor in 1998, when they approved $246 million in bond funding for major public investments for the Trinity River Corridor. Those investments should do more than address infrastructure issues. They should be catalysts for new development and reinvestment in existing communities along the river, the foundation upon which private property owners make investments in their homes, businesses and buildings that will successfully attract residents and businesses to the corridor throughout the 21st century. This Comprehensive Land Use Plan is an important asset for the individuals and organizations that make decisions affecting the Trinity River Corridor. Its broad vision describes the character this corridor should have in the future. It establishes the general principles that will direct preparation of detailed plans for smaller parts of this large area. It provides guidance about the appropriate land uses and development patterns for the corridor that can be used by citizens, property owners and City officials as they review specific development proposals. It offers a point of departure for action by many partners to carry out particular projects that will, in the long term, achieve the desired vision for the Trinity River Corridor.
Vision for the Future
This vision for the Trinity River Corridor offers an exciting image of neighborhoods, open spaces and business areas that appeal to people who live in Dallas now and who will choose to live here in the future: Single family neighborhoods, many of which exist today, that offer a high quality of life and benefit from locations close to jobs and recreation. New urban neighborhoods with a mix of homes, offices and shops within walking distance, linked to the rest of the region with light rail transit and trails as well as roadways. The largest urban hardwood forest in the nation and flagship centers so visitors can appreciate the Trinity's natural resources. Other distinctive parks, recreational facilities and amenities that provide a unique identity for nearby business areas and communities. A wide array of retail centers serving neighborhood and regional shopping needs. Sites that are appropriate and desirable for a wide range of businesses, from manufacturing plants and distribution centers to corporate headquarters and firms researching emerging technologies. Job opportunities for Dallas residents at all skill levels. Public improvements that provide flood protection, transportation and other important services to people and companies who choose to invest their own resources in this corridor. The Trinity River Corridor Comprehensive Land Use Plan is the 'blueprint' for this future.
Framework Concepts
On August 9, 2017, the Dallas City Council amended the Balanced Vision Plan through Resolution 17-1200 which removes the Trinity Parkway Alignment 3C from the plan to ensure it will not be constructed.  The Balanced Vision Plan was originally adopted by the Dallas City Council in December 2003. This plan establishes the design for major public improvements for the overall Trinity River Corridor Project. It addresses flood protection, environmental restoration & management, parks & recreation, transportation and community & economic development. These public investments are designed to maximize the opportunities for community revitalization and economic development along the river.​