Urban Design District
In recent years, parts of Downtown Fort Worth have been immensely successful in attracting people back to the central city to live, work, play, shop, and learn. This renaissance of Downtown is in part attributable to the authentic urban quality of these areas of Downtown. This urban quality has been preserved in some buildings, streets, and corridors such as along Main Street in Sundance Square. It has also been recreated in other places such as Sundance East, and the Firestone and Hillside neighborhoods.
In December 2002, four sections of the Downtown Design Guidelines were adopted as standards by the City Council, and a Downtown Design Review Board was established to review development projects. The Downtown Design Review Board is charged with the duty and invested with the authority to enforce Sections 2 through 5 of the Downtown Urban Design Standards. This requires a hearing and determination of applications for certificates of appropriateness for a building permit for construction of a new structure, expansion or remodeling or other alterations of the first and/or second floor of an existing structure, signage, and construction of a surface parking lot. In addition they are charged with the duty and invested with authority of any proposed amendments to the Downtown Urban design Standards to the Zoning Commission and City Council.
The Downtown Design Review Board is staffed by the Planning and Development Department Design Review Section. Staff is responsible for reveiwing rojects and providing the Downtown Design Review Board with staff report that include recommendation for all cases. For more information concerning design review downtown, contact Vida Hariri at 817-392-8045.
Click the following link to view a map showing the DUDD district boundary (pdf).
Area Master Plans
- Demolition Delay Details
- Criteria for Historic Designation
- Historic Site Tax Exemption
- 'Design for Density' Conference Information