City of Denton Comprehensive Plan: Denton Plan 2040

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The City of Denton’s Comprehensive Plan is an official planning policy document designed to guide the city’s future growth. Denton Plan 2040 is an update to Denton Plan 2030. Community input is critical to the decision making process for future development and growth of the City of Denton.

This page will provide you with helpful information on the Comprehensive Plan update and the many ways your input is helping to shape our City.



How to Use this Page?

  • Community Input Overview: You talked and we listened! Community input received at our previous community meetings are available for you to review under this section of the project page.
  • Learn more about the project background and areas of focus for the plan in the "Denton Plan 2040 Background" section below.








You can learn even more about the Denton Plan 2040. City staff and consultants have developed resources, interactive tools and surveys for you to give us your input in one place at www.cityofdenton.com/denton2040. Head over and check out all the additional ways you can share your input today!


The City of Denton’s Comprehensive Plan is an official planning policy document designed to guide the city’s future growth. Denton Plan 2040 is an update to Denton Plan 2030. Community input is critical to the decision making process for future development and growth of the City of Denton.

This page will provide you with helpful information on the Comprehensive Plan update and the many ways your input is helping to shape our City.



How to Use this Page?

  • Community Input Overview: You talked and we listened! Community input received at our previous community meetings are available for you to review under this section of the project page.
  • Learn more about the project background and areas of focus for the plan in the "Denton Plan 2040 Background" section below.








You can learn even more about the Denton Plan 2040. City staff and consultants have developed resources, interactive tools and surveys for you to give us your input in one place at www.cityofdenton.com/denton2040. Head over and check out all the additional ways you can share your input today!

  • Community Input Overview

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    by Stephanie Yates,

    Community members shared their passions, ideas, and values for our City at our previous virtual community meetings. All community input received at our previous community meetings help inform decision making and our next steps of the Comprehensive Plan Update. Click HERE to see what we heard at our March 25 community meeting.

  • What is a Comprehensive Plan?

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    by Stephanie Yates,

    The City of Denton’s Comprehensive Plan is an official planning policy document designed to serve as the jurisdiction’s “local constitution” or “blueprint” for future growth.

    The following are the most critical characteristics of a comprehensive plan:

    ◆ Generalized: a comprehensive plan provides overall guidance that can be used to direct future land use and resource decisions.

    ◆ Broad scope: a comprehensive plan addresses a broad scope of topics, including land use, housing, mobility, public services, recreation, and natural and cultural resources.

    ◆ Long-range: a comprehensive plan provides long-range guidance (20 years or longer) on how a vision for a community can be reached.

    Comprehensive Plans are the foundation for all planning, public infrastructure, and community development efforts. Strategies for economic development, housing, recreation, city beautification, infrastructure and more are built upon the long-range vision, goals and policies of the Comprehensive Plan.


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  • What Will the Comprehensive Plan Update Address?

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    by Stephanie Yates,

    Denton Plan 2040 is an update of the existing Denton Plan 2030 with a focus on four key areas: Downtown Denton, New Growth Areas, Infrastructure & Services, and Economic Development. Taken together with information gathered from data assessments, interviews, surveys and other sources updates will be made throughout the following plan elements.

    Land Use

    Land use planning is a fundamental aspect of long-range comprehensive planning. Land use planning defines the densities, intensities, and characteristics of future land uses and incorporates small area planning. The many land use types that make up the city will be reviewed to ensure that the land use types, distribution, and locations reflect the values and goals of the community as Denton grows into the future.

    Infrastructure and Utilities

    The infrastructure and utilities element ensures that adequate basic facilities and capital equipment are planned in a way that meets the needs of Denton’s future growth. Policies guiding water, sewer, electric, solid waste, and drainage systems promote a sustainable baseline of services and the implementation of best practices, which reflect the values of the community.

    Mobility

    How people move around is as important as where people live. Mobility sets the community up to adequately maintain transportation systems to efficiently move goods and services through the City. The mobility element includes planning for pedestrians, bicycling, roads, highways, transit, rail, and aviation.

    Community Character and Urban Design

    The community character and urban design element establishes goals and policies that reinforce the unique character, values, and culture of Denton. This aspect of the CPU helps to refine how neighborhoods, districts, infrastructure, and public facilities integrate. This element also provides guidance for community arts and historic preservation.

    Housing and Neighborhoods

    The housing and neighborhoods element defines the goals and policies that promote a diverse housing stock, which serves all parts of the housing market from affordable and workforce housing to executive housing. Additionally, this topic area provides guidance for grants and social services to meet the needs of distressed neighborhoods and vulnerable populations.

    Parks, Conservation, and Environment

    The parks, conservation, and environment elements work with the infrastructure and land use elements to promote policies that ensure park, recreation and trail facilities are accessible and adequate to serve the population. This element also has policies which emphasize sustainable practices, guide conservation of natural environments and support rural preservation.

    Community Health, Safety, and Services

    The community health, safety, and services element works together with all other elements. The values and character of Denton are carried into the goals and policies, which are aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, food sustainability, and other sustainable practices and effective social services. This element also contains strategies to ensure effective fire and public safety as the City grows.

    Fiscal and Economic Vitality

    The fiscal and economic vitality element recognizes the importance of sound and financially resilient city government and a diverse, strong, and growing local economy. Policies related to this element promote capitalizing on the unique local economic resources and the workforce of Denton, as well as well-directed capital improvement programs, which support the local economy and maintain the City’s fiscal well-being.

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