Our work for Richland Hills showcases our ability to understand the issues that affect the City, identify the community’s vision, and develop an implementation-focused plan that provides clear guidance for the City’s next steps.
Richland Hills is a densely-developed community with minimal remaining greenfield development opportunities; therefore, addressing redevelopment along its aging corridors is of the most critical planning issues facing Richland Hills. The City needed solutions to allow for innovative development to build the community's vision for 2020 and beyond.
In early 2013, the City retained Freese and Nichols to develop a new Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance. Throughout the 15-month process of developing the plan, our team members met regularly with an advisory committee, made up of elected and appointed officials and local residents and business owners, to make sure it accurately represented the community’s vision, which was supplemented by an online community survey.
Our team also worked with the City for several years in an "on-call" capacity acting as an extension of City staff, which provided our team with intimate knowledge of the City's development review procedures, standards and challenges.
The resulting Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance work together to address the community’s specific issues, such as redevelopment/infill, corridors, aesthetics, nonconforming uses and structures, small lot sizes, and the potential for a TOD at the existing rail site. The Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance were unanimously adopted in May 2014.
Our team’s efforts guided the full cycle of planning: