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community engagement process

In recognition of the role that the Dallas Arts District plays as a crossroads for many existing neighborhoods and communities, the Arts District has undertaken an extensive public and community engagement effort. This process, which has already been underway for more than 18 months, will have brought as many stakeholders to the table as possible in order to generate a vision for the Dallas Arts District that addresses the diverse needs of visitors, residents, and the broader Downtown.

Early in the planning process, the project team began a series of in-depth interviews with key stakeholders affiliated with the Arts District. Starting in January 2016 and continuing through the remainder of 2016 and into 2017, NBBJ and Arts District staff members scheduled and conducted individual and small group conversations with dues-paying members of the Dallas Arts District as well as property owners, institutional administrators, real estate developers, City staff, and neighborhood organizations whose activities are likely to be impacted by or influence those of the Arts District. Through these interviews, stakeholders clarified their top priorities, concerns, and plans for their own organizations as well as for the Arts District, which have all helped educate the project team and inform the vision for the plan. 


Regular coordination meetings between the project team and other relevant planning entities and organizations have been critical to the Arts District planning process. Frequent exchanges of information and sharing of resources with groups such as Downtown Dallas, Inc.; Uptown, Inc.; and Texas Trees Foundation (TTF) have resulted in a more thorough understanding of the context in which the Dallas Arts District Master Plan will be implemented. 

Though the public hearing process for the Arts District’s proposed zoning changes requires two public hearings, the Dallas Arts District has always had the intention of holding multiple public, community, and smaller group meetings throughout the planning process. On November 7th, 2016, the project team presented its initial findings and general intentions for the Dallas Arts District Master Plan to the Dallas City Council Arts, Culture, and Libraries Committee. This was the City’s first formal introduction to the plan’s motivating principles and general timeline. Though many stakeholders had already had an opportunity to speak with the project team, on February 27th, 2017, the Dallas Arts District hosted a stakeholder forum at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. During that forum, the project team presented its analysis in addition to the updated set of key strategies and project timeline.

The Dallas Arts District has presented its preliminary vision for the plan to the City of Dallas Urban Design Advisory Committee on two occasions: April 6th, 2017, and June 8th, 2017. Additional stakeholder and public events are expected in the summer and fall of 2017, with advance notice published in this space in addition to the required public outlets.


See below for a repository of presentations and reports generated over the course of the study. Click on one of the images to download the PDF of a document.


CONNECT Master Plan

PDs 145 and 708 passed unanimously at City Council

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Passed January 27, 2021


PD 145
January 27, 2021



PD 708
January 27, 2021


Supplemental Documents and Previously Filed Drafts

Article 145 / PD145

Draft date:

November 12, 2020

(rev 12.9.2020)

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Article 708 / PD708

Draft date:

November 12, 2020

(rev 12.9.2020)

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submitted to

City of Dallas

Oct. 28th, 2018

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Article 145 / PD 145

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Legal Decription

PD 708

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Land Use 

PD 145

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Property Description Review

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Article 708 / PD 708

Jun 08, 2017


2017 DAD Master Plan

Urban Design Advisory Committee Update

First Draft

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Land Use

PD 708

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Expansion - PD 708

Apr 06, 2017


2017 DAD Master Plan

Urban Design Advisory Committee Briefing

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infrastructure committee

  • Jill Magnuson, Chair*
    Nasher Sculpture Center
  • Doug Curtis, Chair Emeritus*
    AT&T Performing Arts Center

  • Father Stephen Bierschenk
    Cathedral Schrine of the Virgin Guadalupe

  • Brent Brown (2015-2017)
    City Design Studio

  • Abraham Carrillo
    Crow Museum of Asian Art

  • Zenetta Drew
    Dallas Black Dance Theatre

  • Brittney Dubose°
    City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs

  • Father Rudy Garcia (2015-2017)
    Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe

  • Tara Green (2015-2017)
    Klyde Warren Park

  • Graham Greene*
    Atelier/Flora Lofts

  • Kristina Kirkenaer-Hart°
    Dallas Arts District

  • Dan Kohl°
    Perot Museum of Nature and Science

  • Lea Anne Laughlin
    Hall Group

  • Ramsey March
    Stream Realty

  • Kevin Moriarty
    Dallas Theater Center

  • Debi Peña
    Dallas Symphony Orchestra

  • Lucilo A. Peña*
    One Arts Plaza

  • Kit Sawers (2018-2020)
    Klyde Warren Park

  • Ann Spain
    2100 Ross

  • Mike Spiewak
    Perot Museum of Nature & Science

  • Dr. Andy Stoker
    First United Methodist Church

  • Debbie Storey
    AT&T Performing Arts Center

  • Lily Weiss*
    Dallas Arts District

  • Brandy Wicker°
    Dallas Black Dance Theatre

  • Jim Wilson
    Fountain Place

Ex Officio Members

  • Dustin Bullard*
    Downtown Dallas, Inc.

  • Peer Chacko
    City of Dallas Planning & Urban Design

  • David Fisher
    City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs

  • Kourtny Garrett
    Downtown Dallas, Inc.

  • Luis Tamayo
    City of Dallas, Planning and Urban Design

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Project Team
  • Alex Krieger, FAIA 

  • Alan Mountjoy, AIA 

  • Chris Herlich, AICP

  • Ed Mickelson, FASLA​

Jackson Walker 

  • Suzan Kedron 

The Davis Advocates

  • Macey Davis 

  • Katie O'Brien

  • Paula Blackmon (2017)

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