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Work Plan for 2010‐2011: Action to Achieve ‘Better than Business as Usual’ During 2011

The Work Plan describes the activities through October 2011 that help implement North Texas 2050 (NT2050), when Vision North
Texas will hold its annual Summit.

Policy Areas and Centers

15. ReMix – Refined Mixed Use Centers Database on the Internet

North Texas 2050 recommendations include development of Mixed-Use Centers. Mixed-Use Centers are places in the region where people can live, work, play, study and take care of their daily needs – and where they can enjoy all these activities within a short walk instead of a long drive in a car. Additional benefits of Mixed-Use Centers include pedestrian-oriented design, decreased road congestion, and a sense of community.

Since the release of North Texas 2050, Vision North Texas (VNT) has been working on identification of Mixed-Use Centers in the region. Four scales of Mixed-Use Centers have been identified: Regional, Metropolitan, Community and Neighborhood. The four center types reflect areas with a variety of uses - such as employment and housing, at least a moderate intensity of development and, for some, their roles as distinct or traditional centers of communities. Each of the Mixed-Use Centers differs in terms of size, scale, and specific function. Regional and Metropolitan centers are similar in that they are highly developed, providing a strong employment base for the North Texas region, and possessing a mix of land uses. Community and Neighborhood centers are also similar. While they may not provide as many job opportunities as the larger Mixed Use Centers, they also contain a mix of uses. In addition, these two centers may have a high single family residential component, compared to the Regional and Metropolitan centers, where most residential uses are at higher densities.

All of the centers are envisioned to be pedestrian friendly and mixed-use, with more intense development than their surroundings. In addition, the presence of transportation connections and rapid transit lines are common, and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is expected around transit stations in all four types of Mixed Use Centers. 

Activities to accomplish ReMix – Refined Mixed Use Centers Database on the Internet include:

  • Creation of a VNT Mixed-Use Center action team to identify and discuss Mixed-Use Center criteria and best practices,
  • Expansion and updating of the existing Mixed-Use Center database, and
  • Creation of a new online mapping tool to provide the ability to suggest new sites and modify the region’s existing Mixed-Use Centers Database.

In August, VNT had received a total of 26 Mixed-Use Center suggestions; 19 suggesting new Mixed-Use sites, and 7 commenting on existing Mixed-Use sites. Of the new Mixed-Use Centers site suggestions, nine were suggested as Neighborhood Centers, six as Regional Centers, two as Metropolitan Centers, and two as Community Centers.

Of the existing Mixed-Use Centers site suggestions, the majority provided the correct location of a site. Ultimately, ReMix seeks to be a resource of Mixed-Use Centers in the North Texas area, to show that mixed-use development is possible and already exists throughout the region. The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has the lead responsibility for this Mixed Use Centers Action Team, which also includes the University of Texas at Arlington’s Center for Metropolitan Density and the Urban Land Institute North Texas Regional Council’s Sustainability Committee.

Through continued public outreach and input on Mixed-Use Centers in the region, North Texas can maintain its position as a leader in development innovation.

The online Mixed Use Centers mapping tool can be viewed here.

 

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