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Farmers Branch Station Area Code

Farmers Branch

The Station Area is located within a struggling commercial district adjacent to interstate highway interchange. Farmers Branch initiated a master plan effort to prepare for anticipated redevelopment of the district in conjunction with extension of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail line to the city. The master plan calls for creation of strong development regulations that are consistent with the community’s vision. The frontage-based form-based code prescribes clear and precise design standards for street spaces, broad categories for uses, and general architectural parameters that are important to the quality and character of a vibrant new downtown. The 2007 Driehaus Award Jury found this code to be “an excellent model for new development at a project or site specific scale with excellent graphics and minimal verbiage contributing to its clarity and ease of use.”


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Year: 2007