Two weeks ago, the City Council received an update from the Task Force for the Historic Stockyards Design District. The design guidelines moved through the Zoning Commission, Urban Design Commission and then back to City Council for final approval. We, as a Council, were pleased with the design guidelines as an important first step that was needed to preserve the Stockyards.
They worked in a public forum allowing business owners, stakeholders and citizens alike to share their thoughts and ideas. Task Force members deserve a commendation for their hard work and commitment to the Stockyards throughout this process.
We promised citizens from the onset of the redevelopment efforts to preserve the history, protect the heritage and specifically promised a form-based code. We made a promise to preserve and protect this precious Fort Worth landmark.
In order to balance the historic value and nature of the Stockyards with the redevelopment efforts, the Fort Worth City Council fulfilled this promise and initiated a form-based code and a historic district in the Stockyards Tuesday night. It is necessary to prevent demolition by neglect and to ensure the Stockyards remains a lasting legacy for our children and grandchildren.
Some of my earliest and fondest memories are from times spent in the Fort Worth Stockyards. As a young child I visited the sale barns with my grandparents on occasion. And, even earned the title of “Queen” at the Northside rodeo in the 8th grade with my riding club. My own memories serve as musical notes that join with others to compose the fun and historic tune that is the Fort Worth Stockyards. I’m pleased to know that this song will go on for many generations to come.
I’m proud of the public process we went through to make this a reality. We will work to continue to keep the public informed as we move through this process and encourage you, as citizens, to be involved in our city’s future.
Just like so many citizens, I want to ensure that this valuable treasure can be enjoyed and preserved for many years to come. Citizens can expect to see these resolutions within the next month to finalize this process.
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. A successful business owner and lifelong public servant, Price uses this forum to ensure transparency and inform residents of issues and programs that affect their daily lives.
About Mayor Price
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. Read the mayor's bio »
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