Flower Mound, Texas


The town of Flower Mound hired Gateway Planning Group in the fall of 2006 to help facilitate a Steering Committee process tasked to develop a mixed-use ordinance for the town.  Flower Mound, a third-ring suburban community in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex was struggling with large areas of the city identified for office campus development that was yet to materialize.  During the Town’s Master Plan update process, “mixed-use” was identified as an important option for these large portions of the town, especially to attract new employment.  While mixed-use was the desired goal of the community, there was little consensus as to its on-the-ground implications.  In other words, the community needed a clear definition of mixed-use and a regulatory mechanism that balanced community interests, while allowing developer flexibility.

Mixed-Use Steering Committee Process
The town appointed a steering committee of neighborhood representatives, significant property owners, developers and elected officials to work through the contentious issues related to mixed-use development.  The steering committee’s first task was to develop a core set of principles that everyone agreed upon for mixed-use.  Working through several meetings, the committee developed 16 core principles that became the foundation for the process.

Community Design Workshop
To help illustrate the application of the mixed-use core principles on a specific property, a Community Design Workshop was held in October 2007.  This design workshop resulted in an illustrative plan that in turn helped with the development of the mixed-use code by identifying development opportunities and constraints that required specific attention for all large-scale mixed-use projects.

Developing the Code
Based on the illustrative master plan developed, a mixed-use code was tailored to accommodate a community process for new, large-scale mixed-use projects in the Town.  The mixed-use code used modified transect-based “character zones” together with highly prescribed public-realm standards.  Specifically, the code established standards for adjacency and transitions to adjoining neighborhoods and arterial roadways while preserving environmental features as assets to the development.  In addition, the code established a very detailed development application process, while allowing more flexibility in land uses after project entitlement.  Due to the community’s “hands-on” approach to development review, the Steering Committee had to balance the need for community input with a streamlined review process.  Finally, the Code established a very high threshold for applicants with very clear performance standards for mixed-use that met the community intent, as well as developer predictability.  This code was adopted unanimously by the Town Council in October 2008.

 

Form-Based Codes

Mixed Use Code

Mixed Use Amendment to the Town's Master Plan

 

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