Buildings and Site Development Conditions

The following design guidelines apply to developing and redeveloping areas. They are in addition to federal, state, or local jurisdictional requirements related to flood control and other related laws and regulations. These regulating entities may include additional and overriding regulations.

• Avoid trash containers, outdoor storage, parking, service areas, exposed mechanical equipment, between the building areas and the greenbelt. Buildings should not back up to the river corridor.

• Provide access to the greenbelt for residents and employees.

• Provide public access to the greenbelt approximately at least every 900 feet (measured parallel to the greenbelt). it is recognized that this distance may vary due to existing unique conditions and development designs

• Provide view corridors to the greenbelt. These are 50’ wide (minimum) corridors which can also be used for emergency access, maintenance access, landscaping, water retention zones, underground utilities, and related types of facilities. These view corridors should be spaced no less than approximately each 600’. These view corridors can also serve as public access points. either private or public access should be provided at these locations.

• Provide maintenance access as needed by the Tarrant Regional Water District and other agencies. This can usually coincide with the above view and access corridors.

• Restaurants adjacent to the greenbelt should orient to the greenbelt and include outdoor dining and views from indoor dining areas.

• Retail areas adjacent should orient to the greenbelt and should provide outdoor displays, and unique events or festivals as possible during the year.

• Restaurant and retail adjacent to the greenbelt should explore public/ private partnerships when designing/ building parking garages, restrooms, bike racks and other outdoor amenities.

• During the cooler months, restaurants should make provisions to allow people to sit outside should be considered, such as outdoor warmers, roll down wind blocks, etc.

• Avoid fences or barriers that are opaque, such as wood, brick, stone or other that wall off developments from the view of the greenbelt. it is understood that fencing and privacy is sometimes needed. For example wrought iron fences or similar which create privacy are acceptable and do not create the barrier effect .

• It should be noted that development adjacent to the greenbelt may require special requirements and negotiations with the TRWD, city, and others regarding open space dedication, water retention, design of storm water facilities, and other issues related mainly to water quality and recreation.

• As a general rule industrial zoning, developments and districts are not recommended adjacent to the greenbelt. In cases where they are proposed and considered for approval, they should also conform to the above design guidelines to the fullest extent possible. existing industrial zoning land uses should conform to the extent possible.

• Park dedication requirements should be considered adjacent to the greenbelts. In all future developments, at least a 300’ zone of open space (measured from the center line of the river or stream) shall be dedicated as park to allow for continuous trails and the greenbelt system. in almost all cases this zone will be much wider due to flood plain issues.

• On all Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) owned lands - care should be taken to assure existing trees remain. The public entities that have agreed to this plan are in agreement that existing trees in the corridor shall remain.

• Please refer to TRWD for all maintenance