Land Use Strategies

2021-2022 Annual Budget




Land Use Strategies

Development patterns have an intrinsic effect on the characteristics of a city. Identifying appropriate locations for housing, retail and commercial land uses is critical to ensuring compatibility and preserving quality of life for residents. Additionally, land use patterns help drive the economic engines of a city. Understanding the interrelatedness of certain activities, such as local commercial and regional commercial, helps identify the location criteria necessary for the success and growth of that land use in the City. For example, regional commercial uses, such as a big box retailer, needs access and visibility to the City's arterial network to manage high traffic volumes and to attract the customer base necessary to financially sustain the business. Residential land uses need to be surrounded by other uses that will serve as a buffer from nonresidential uses to preserve the quality of the neighborhood.




Goal # 1

Improve and enhance the visual identity of commercial corridors

Objective 1.1

Prioritize revitalization efforts for commercial corridors


Priority Ranking: 1

Action Item

Since the Future Land Use Plan identifies the City’s commercial corridors, the next step should be to identify priority areas to enhance existing conditions to capitalize on infill and redevelopment opportunities that can be anticipated in these areas.

Purpose

It is important to implement a timeline and strategy to improveexisting conditions of the City’s commercial corridors, to encourage reinvestment.

Objective 1.2

Encourage quality mixed-use development where appropriate


Priority Ranking: 2

Action Item

Incorporate development standards to establish location criteria, urban design features and building aesthetics to ensure quality mixed-use developments.

Purpose

The limits of the Mixed-Use Overlay are broad to provide flexibility with changing market demands while still providing clear direction of where such use is appropriate.

Objective 1.3

Provide transitions between land uses to address potential adverse impacts of higher intensity development


Priority Ranking: 1

Action Item

Incorporate development standards that will buffer and mitigate any adverse impacts of noncomplimentary (or conflicting) land uses. A tiered system for screening and buffering based on land use intensity will improve compatibility of existing land uses.

Purpose

Land use types are strategically placed on the Future Land Use Map to remain compatible with surrounding land uses and encourage the development of desirable land uses, however guidelines to mitigate any adverse impacts or appropriate transition from conflicting land uses is not addressed. Development standards to transition from conflicting land uses can include landscape setbacks with vegetation, which would be outlined in the City's development guidelines.

Goal # 2

Establish Special Areas to promote vibrant, walkable destinations.

Objective 2.1

Incorporate unique site and architectural standards for the City’s Special Areas consisting of the Town Center Overlay, MixedUse Overlay and Commercial Corridor


Priority Ranking: 2

Action Item

Create unique development and architectual standards for the City's Special Areas to create the identity envisioned for each area. The design criteria for each Special Area should be reviewed and considered for approval by the City Council.

Purpose

Unique sense of identity and character will be contributed by the development standards tailored for each Special Area. Implementing the design criteria for each overlay is important for executing the vision.

Objective 2.2

Encourage local business, promote a business-friendly environment.


Priority Ranking: 1

Action Item

Locate land use categories on the Future Land Use Map that support small-scale, flexible businesses and tenant spaces. Review land development regulations to ensure adequate requirements for landscaping, screening and accessibility for all modes of transportation to position these locations for success.

Purpose

Small businesses are critically important to the local economy. Creating a supportive environment for small businesses helps provide stability and certainty in the economy.

Objective 2.3

Organize Placemaking Workshops with key stakeholders for each of the City's Special Areas (Commercial Corridors, Town Center Overlay and Mixed-Use Overlay) to better understand an area's assets and challenges, to identify a vision, and to develop a strategy to reshape the area's character and identity.


Priority Ranking: 2

Action Item

Prioritize when development standards for each Special Area in the Future Land Use Plan should be prepared/implemented. Organize Placemaking Workshops when development standards are being written for each Special Area.

Purpose

Placemaking Workshops are a collaborative effort between City officials, staff members and key stakeholders to identify the common vision for the City's Special Areas.

Goal # 3

Address incompatible land uses by re-examining land use patterns

Objective 3.1

Update land development regulations to ensure the necessary tools are available to encourage high-quality development and redevelopment of property within the City


Priority Ranking: 1

Action Item

Review and improve development regulations related to transitions, screening and buffers between disparate uses. Ensure standards are in place to support infill development and that it is required to meet or exceed standards for existing development.

Purpose

Land use regulations (zoning and subdivision regulations) need to be updated and calibrated to reflect the goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan. Conducting a complete review of these regulations and implementing changes accordingly is one of the most effective ways to ensure the City is following the policies and strategies laid out in the plan.

Objective 3.2

Utilize the Future Land Use Map within this Plan to guide land use decisions


Priority Ranking: 1

Action Item

Create a review checklist and a process for evaluating applications for land use actions. Process all requests using the same criteria, providing all notices and information necessary to proactively engage the applicant, impacted property owners and stakeholders.

Purpose

All discretionary decisions related to land use (zoning, variance, special use permit) should reflect thoughtful consideration of the goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan. This ensures consistency and fairness in decision-making and also keeps the vision of the community at the forefront when this kind of action is initiated, either by the City or by a property owner.

Objective 3.3

Minimize compatibility issues associated with noise exposure from nearby aviation operations


Priority Ranking: 2

Action Item

Adopt the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base overlay district to preserve the livability and compatibility of land uses adjacent to the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base and to minimize conflicts with the safety and operations of the airfield.

Purpose

Noise can have an adverse impact on certain types of development while not affecting others. Uses that should be located elsewhere or should be provided sound attenuation requirements (typically as part of the City's building code requirements) should be identified. These provisions should improve the quality of life as well the safety for residents and visitors in these areas of the City.