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Long Range Planning

The City of Denton takes great pride in looking towards the future.  There are many aspects involved in making this a better place for everyone to live and every day we strive to move in the direction of our overall comprehensive plan.

  • Denton Plan 2030

    Denton Plan 2030 is the long-range plan for our growth, development, and redevelopment. It is based on local conditions and trends and coordinates the efforts of many different aspects of a community, such as land use, transportation, community facilities, and natural resources. It:

    • Utilizes strategic planning to set a course to manage growth, promote reinvestment, and improve quality of life for the next two decades
    • Is inspired and motivated by the citizen values and aspirations expressed in the Community Vision Statement
    • Addresses new challenges and opportunities, including the influence of gas wells, shifting demographics, changing lifestyle and housing preferences, the interface with two major universities, and the opportunity to encourage long-term sustainability
    • Identifies a detailed Vision of what Denton should become by 2030 and proposes policies and actions that can be carried out in a rigorous implementation
    • Provides a guide for Denton to retain its character, define its identity, improve the quality of life, and enhance the economy.
     

    Since the 1999 Plan adoption, Denton has experienced tremendous growth. Denton and the DFW Metroplex will continue to lead the nation in growth in the coming decades, underscoring the need to put in place a framework that will ensure that the inevitable growth and change that will occur will strengthen the economy, enhance quality of life and livability, and positively affect the lives of the next generation.

  • Bike Plan

    In February 2012, the City Council adopted the Pedestrian and Bicycle Linkage Component of the Denton Mobility Plan. Since then, the City Council allocates funds each year in the budget for infrastructure implementation. Each year, the Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator and Transportation Engineer choose projects to be funded through the Bike Fund.

    One of the key roles of Bike|Walk Denton is providing opportunities for education and encouragement for people who bike currently and those who are interested in biking more. You can find us at many community events with information on safety, bike light giveaways, and news of upcoming projects.

    With these initiatives, the City of Denton plans to achieve an increase from 4.7 percent to 7 percent mode share split of bicycling and walking as a means of transportation to work, as outlined in the Denton Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan includes a number of Performance Measures for active transportation. See the quarterly update of the Performance Measure targets here.

  • Downtown Master Plan

    In 2002, the City Council adopted the Denton Downtown Master Plan whose primary focus is to encourage development and exploration of partnership opportunities with private investors, while ensuring that proper design practices are employed. It builds on this previous work and is a plan to accomplish the goals of the Downtown Master Plan. The plan will serve as the catalyst to achieve the goals that define the vision for the Downtown Master Plan.

    In 2010, the City Council adopted the Downtown Implementation Plan (DTIP) to develop a set of physical plans and detailed recommendations to increase economic development in Downtown.  The DTIP defines specific action items to be taken to implement the recommendations, and it establishes strategies for when and how these action items should be implemented.

    Downtown Implementation Plan Chapters

  • Small Area Plans

    The Denton Plan 2030 was adopted in February 2015 and is the framework by which the city manages growth, promotes reinvestment, and improves the quality of life for citizens for the next two decades. The Land Use chapter specifically highlights the need for compact and balanced growth that has a purpose within the goals of the city. Small Area Planning is a logical extension of a city's Comprehensive Plan in order to achieve a balanced growth pattern. Small area planning allows long term planning for areas that have major development opportunity or are experiencing imminent land use changes, areas that face deterioration or abandonment, or areas that need to plan for the introduction of specific uses such as a mixed use development, logistics and industrial center, or business innovation. 

    The process for Small Area Planning allows for community members and stakeholders to provide input, create a shared vision, and influence future development policies for a specific area. Small Area Planning gives the city the ability to address a localized challenge across city departments and creates public support for implementing a plan of action.

    A Small Area Plan is a document that provides guidelines for specific policy actions in concert with the vision of the Denton Plan 2030 and with the community vision drafted in the Small Area Plan. The Small Area Plan can identify needs for new Overlay Districts within the plan, identify areas for city-initiated zonings, identify other code amendments, and call for Capital Improvement Projects to be focused in the area.

  • Sector 1 Area Plan
    The City of Denton is developing an Area Plan for neighborhoods surrounding the University of North Texas campus to help guide anticipated growth and investment over the next 20 years. The area is home to one of the largest universities in Texas, two of the City of Denton’s most historic neighborhoods, as well as a variety of commercial and residential uses. 

    The planning issues facing such a varied area are complex, and one size does not fit all. The planning team will spend the next several months collecting data, as well as working with property owners and stakeholders to obtain community input.  A public workshop to provide initial input and direction for the plan is anticipated in December, with the first open house tentatively scheduled for February to allow for feedback on the draft vision and early recommendations for the plan.  A final open house will be scheduled in the Spring to review draft plan recommendations for needed adjustments prior to beginning the adoption process.  Public Hearings for the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council consideration of the plan are targeted for Summer 2018. Stay tuned for more details and updates as the plan progresses.  

    The result of the year-long community discussion will be a set of planning recommendations tailored to the many different types of neighborhoods and developments that exist and are desired in the area. The intended purpose of the plan is to:
    •    Enhance neighborhoods
    •    Preserve historic assets
    •    Guide appropriate infill development
    •    Accommodate traffic—vehicles, bike, and pedestrian—to and through the area
    •    Address parking needs

    Small Area Plan Boundary Map

    But we want to hear from you! To learn more, receive updates, or get involved.
     

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