City of Fate
The City of Fate is a growing suburban community in the DFW Metroplex along the I-30 corridor. The City has experienced exponential growth over the past 20 years with a population nearing 20,000 in 2021. Halff was contracted to develop a new community blueprint grounded in fiscal resiliency and Strong Towns principles to promote sustainable growth and minimize the community’s long-term financial burden.
Halff, along with our partners Chuck Marohn (Strong Towns), Urban3, Code Studio, Catalyst Commercial and CivicBrand, charted a new path for the City. A character-based future land use plan was created to reflect the suburban and rural character the community. A “fiscal checklist” was established based on seven core value statements generated during an extensive community engagement process.
Our team took a deeper dive and created two sub-area plans focused on downtown and the I-30 corridor. These sub-area plans provided a flexible framework for design standards based on the built environment and future market needs of the City. The proposed standards were incorporated into a land development code update, and our team utilized several “implementation bootcamps” to teach City staff and the development community how to incorporate these standards into future development plans. Since plan adoption, implementation progress is being tracked via an online dashboard to provide transparency to the public.
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