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Fort Worth Stockyards

Stockyards Historic and Form Based Code District

The Fort Worth Stockyards was one of the largest livestock markets in the United States and a defining factor for the community. Beginning in the 1870's with the arrival of the railroad, it served as a major employment center, reaching its peak in 1944, when it processed over 5 million cattle. As the industry changed, the Fort Worth Stockyards transitioned from an important center for the meat packing and livestock industry to a visitor destination, attracting residents from the region as well as tourists from across the nation and abroad. The Stockyards Form Based Code District was adopted in May 2017 after several years of intensive community planning to respond to the challenge of protecting Fort Worth’s heritage through guided urban development.

The Stockyards project area covers almost 300 acres and includes the Historic Stockyards themselves, the Marine Creek area, the Swift and Armour meatpacking sites, the North Forty area, the commercial corridors of Main Street and 28th Street, and portions of the North Side and Diamond Hill - Jarvis neighborhoods.

Historic District

The Historic and Cultural District is an extremely important resource for the City of Fort Worth. The core of the area is designated locally as a historic district and a larger area is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The locally designated historic district is rich with buildings that serve as a link to the region’s heritage and the dramatic impact that the Stockyards had on the historic development patterns in the area.

Transition District

The Transition District is intended to form a buffer around the Historic District. The objective is to promote development that is compatible with the Historic District along its periphery, while permitting a transition to buildings of larger scale farther away from the Historic District. Development also is intended to be influenced by the design traditions of the larger Stockyards area and the former Swift/Armour properties, in terms of form, materials and character, but in more abstract ways than within the Historic District itself.

Edge District

The Edge District is the area most removed from the Historic District. As such, greater flexibility in design is available here, in terms of form, character and materials. While this area was historically associated with the Stockyards, little evidence of this remains today and new development is anticipated here that will be less influenced by historic precedents. Therefore, greater variety in building form and materials is appropriate in the Edge District. An objective is to provide services that support the overall Stockyards area and adjacent neighborhoods.

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