Bishop-Davis Land Use Study

Dallas, Texas

North Oak Cliff community leaders recognized that land use transitions were inevitable in their increasingly popular urban neighborhood, and were best addressed through a study which would provide recommendations for zoning changes, and urban design and streetscaping guidelines to foster a desirable future result. In addition, the stakeholders desired to leverage the success of the Bishop Arts District to spread new investment along the Davis Street Corridor and up Bishop Avenue toward Methodist Hospital.

GFF Planning, bolstered by a Council-appointed steering committee, engaged the community in a series of intimate neighborhood meetings and larger “town hall” style gatherings to establish goals and objectives and to give feedback on urban design landscape and streetscape standards, parking reductions for historic buildings, traffic calming strategies and height and area incentives for development of mixed use projects. The completed study has achieved a general consensus, and has been handed to the Dallas Development Services Department for preparation of the draft ordinance and processing by the City Plan Commission and City Council.