Burleson, Texas

Burleson, Texas has prepared for the conversion of the BNSF freight line for commuter rail, with connections to Fort Worth and DFW Airport to the north as well as Cleburne to the south. 

The Gateway Planning Group worked with city staff and area landowners to prepare a 600-acre plan and new TOD zoning ordinance so that walkable mixed-use development could be realized around the station.  Under the leadership of the Mayor and Council, this initiative has transformed an area once viewed only as appropriate for low density single-family into a future true town-center destination. 

Taking advantage of the long-range regional roadway network plan, the confluence of commuter rail and the extension of two major regional arterials makes this location a key future regional transportation center.  Gateway Planning was retained to prepare for the highest and best land uses possible given implementation of the future transit line, while at the same time ensuring that near-term development opportunities that are consistent with the long-range vision would not be impaired.

Gateway Planning crafted a form-based code with a variety of housing types and designed urban cross-sections for the arterials so that development could occur regardless of the timing of the implementation of commuter rail.  The arterials will function as European-style boulevards, allowing for high-capacity through traffic and slow-speed local traffic as well as on-street parking.  This will enable average daily trips of 30,000-plus cars a day, while also facilitating café-oriented uses along the street.


Form-Based Codes

TOD Plan
TOD Code


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Burleson, TX





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