Future Land Use

Future Land Use Map

The Future Land Use map is a graphic representation of recommended land uses throughout the City and the ETJ. It is intended to guide future land use decisions. The Future Land Use map differs from the City's zoning map, which enforces the designated land uses.

The Future Land Use map is an illustration of the collective desires and goals of residents, business owners and civic organizations. It is what the City could become in 20 years, not necessarily what exists today. The land use plan will serve as a guide during discussions and the decision-making process regarding development, land use and growth. It will not be the endpoint of discussions, but rather an additional element considered along with other more site-, area-, person-, and business-specific issues. The Future Land Use map is not a zoning map, which addresses specific development requirements on individual parcels.

Urban Residential Neighborhood

This category is predominantly residential with traditional development patterns but should allow for a mix of densities, lot sizes, housing types, and styles. The primary uses in this category include single-family residences, patio homes, and town homes. Multi-family dwelling units as part of a mixed-use development may be appropriate. Supporting and complementary uses, such as open space, schools and other public or civic uses, are also encouraged in this category.

Neighborhoods in this category should have increased pedestrian connectivity that includes sidewalks, trails and greenbelts with hike and bike trails. Retail and commercial uses in the area shall be developed in harmony with the residential character.

Old Town Residential

The Old Town Residential area currently includes smaller homes mostly built in the late 1960s. This area should remain primarily residential in nature, while complementing nearby Old Town. Over time, it may be appropriate for existing dwellings to be repurposed as small businesses with minimal vehicular traffic, such as legal practices, consulting firms, bed and breakfasts, and local coffee shops. The conversion of a dwelling into a business should include minimal changes to the exterior of the structure or the property to maintain the residential character of the neighborhood.

Old Town

This area is Burleson's historic and cultural center. Development in this area should further the vision for a social and entertainment destination for the region. Typical uses include restaurants, offices, retail, personal services, community and educational services, and mixed-use residential development. As Old Town continues to redevelop over time, this mix of uses and historic feel should be preserved and enhanced to support a pedestrian-friendly, vibrant downtown.

Existing low-density, single-family residential is suitable in this area, but expansion should not be encouraged.

Development and redevelopment in this area are subject to the Old Town Overlay Design Standards.

Community Commercial

Community Commercial is generally located along major streets and at significant nodes. This category is intended to provide suitable areas for the development of light to medium intensity commercial uses to support surrounding urban development.

Landscaping and urban design should enhance visitors' experiences, separate sidewalks from major roads and define pedestrian routes to promote connectivity and walkability. Cross-access between developments and visibility from adjacent streets are important components to the success of developments in these areas.

Regional Office/Commercial

This land use category is intended for uses with regional emphasis due to the area's high visibility. Uses such as large retail centers, hotels, restaurants, and corporate or professional offices are encouraged in this category. Medium to high density residential may be allowed as part of a mixed-use development.

This area should be served by a well-designed street system to facilitate quality developments. Uses in these areas should be less susceptible to noise and visual pollution because of the proximity to major thoroughfares. Due to the visibility from the roadways, architectural design and screening are important. For large retail centers, the addition of public amenities, such as fountains, benches or public art are encouraged. Spacious landscaped areas, attractive signage and other architectural features at key entry points and central locations, should be used to provide visibility from the freeway and guide visitors to destinations and to transition from land uses in this category to other lower intensity uses.

Chisholm Trail Corridor

Land uses along the Chisholm Trail Corridor should be primarily nonresidential, including office parks, medical campuses, and larger-scale retail. This area is envisioned to develop in a coordinated manner, with both vehicular and pedestrian connectivity in mind. Development should emphasize quality building and site design, reflecting a positive image of Burleson to those traveling along the corridor.

Much of this land is currently vacant or occupied by low-density residential development. As areas along the corridor begin to develop, compatibility measures will be important to prevent land use conflicts between the new development and adjacent residential developments. Examples of such measure include limited building heights, enhanced landscaping, additional setbacks, and access management controls.

Employment Growth Center

Employment Growth Centers offer important employment opportunities, occupy large areas of land, and are generally located near major roads. Examples in the DFW Metroplex include Alliance Airport and Centreport.

This land use category should include a mix of low and medium density industrial buildings and industrial yards and have ample surface parking for cars and trucks. Design standards should be implemented to protect the image from the IH-35W corridor - specifically quality building materials and screening for outside storage. The Employment Growth Center would rely on quality road access with wide street lanes and large intersections and may be linked to rail for freight purposes. Transit, sidewalks and other pedestrian features should be limited.

The Employment Growth Center area in Burleson should be marketed to industries with potential for upward mobility of skilled workers such as logistics and warehousing. Limited residential uses focused on workforce housing may be considered.

Transit-Oriented Development

This category maintains a strong focus on transit access via rail, streetcar, or bus to support higher density development, including a mix of office, retail, cultural facilities, and housing - providing the residents with a vibrant blend of opportunities to live, work, shop and play within a closely defined area. This land use category should incorporate a range of building structures and land uses, including multi-story residential above retail and townhomes. Pedestrians and cyclists can enjoy interesting storefronts at ground level with benches, public art, on-street parking, and wide sidewalks, creating an appealing streetscape. Parking areas to support the transit use shall be incorporated into the overall TOD plan.

Urban Mixed Use

The Urban Mixed Use area is concentrated along Wilshire Boulevard, near John Jones Drive and Hulen Street. These areas should include both nonresidential and higher density residential uses to promote local pedestrian activity. The goal is to create mixed uses in one area that captures some pedestrian trips that would otherwise require an additional trip in a vehicle. Retail, office, residential, civic, and light commercial uses can be combined vertically, with retail or commercial on the first floor and residential or office on the upper floors. Tangible results can include reduced vehicle trips generated by the uses on the site and shared parking if combined uses have separate peak use time periods.

Future Development

These areas are anticipated to develop in the future; however, no land use designation has been planned at this time. Uses will be evaluated in these areas with updates based on local/regional trends, annexation rules/policies, and available infrastructure.

Parks and Open Space/Floodplain

This land use category is provided to identify public parks and open spaces within Burleson. This designation incorporates parks and trails proposed within the City's Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan as well as floodplain and flood prone areas. Development within the floodplain areas must adhere to ordinances related to floodplain development. This area is not intended to be zoned as Floodplain/Open Space, but to show areas to be preserved within the specified zoning district.

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