Welcome to the City of Balch Springs Comprehensive Plan Update.
The Balch Springs Comprehensive Plan will guide our community’s future for the next 20 years. The Balch Springs Comprehensive Plan Update will include updates to the Future Land Use Plan, Parks Master Plan, Transportation, Economic Development, Neighborhood Livability, and vision and goals.
The Balch Springs 2036 Comprehensive Plan was adopted by City Council on February 22, 2016.
For more information contact the Planning and Zoning Division at 972-286-4477 x212 or x123.
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A comprehensive plan is a "road map" for the future of a city. It expresses the city's vision for what it wants to become in the future.
A Comprehensive Plan:
- creates a "snapshot" of what Balch Springs is like today
- articulates the vision for how the community wants to grow in the future
- establishes goals for each element of the plan to achieve that vision
- provides a framework for policy decisions that guide the physical development of Balch Springs
- covers a time frame of about 10 to 20 years
- integrates with and guides the city's other planning documents and initiatives
The Comprehensive Plan is NOT a zoning law, subdivision regulation, budget, capital improvement program, or any other regulatory document. It is meant to be the basis that guides any changes to those documents.
Summary of Plan Elements
What makes this type of plan "comprehensive" is that it doesn't focus on just one element of a community; rather, it evaluates all the components of a city and how they work together. Potential plan elements can include:
Future Land Use. The land use component brings together the other elements of the Plan and articulates how they com together to make up the entire built environment of Balch Springs. It guides decisions about the type and location of development. The future land use component will evaluate the current development regulations and identify types of future development and how the development occurs so that it is consistent with out community's vision and identity.
Transportation. Transportation is about mobility and accessibility. That is, how do we get around in Balch Springs (mobility), and what are the available transportation options in Balch Springs (accessibility). The transportation element addresses the needs of all forms of transportation - motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and mass transportation in the future. It is all about giving us options to get to where we want to go.
Neighborhood and Community Livability. Livability refers to the characteristics, aesthetics, design and social aspects that make a city unique and which help to establish a sense of community. The neighborhood and community livability component describes in more detail strategies for creating quality neighborhoods, creating a sense of place, vibrant retail areas analysis of existing housing supply and creating housing improvement strategies.
Parks Master Plan Update. the updated park master plan is intended to serve as a guide for the next 5 to 10 years (to 2025), to meet both current and future park, recreation and open space needs. In addition to protecting natural resources and cultural and recreational resources, Balch Springs' proposed recreational resource strategies will help improve its quality of life and provide a sense of appeal for the City.
Economic Development. Balch Spring's vision as it relates to economic development is to enhance the quality of life for its residents by providing an attractive and desirable place to live, work, play and grow. This chapter will provide an overview of economic development in Balch Springs and provide recommendations for economic development policy and implementation.