In late 2004, the City of Richardson adopted specific regulations and guidelines for the area surrounding the Spring Valley light rail station. The regulations build on the foundation established in the Urban Land Institute Panel Study, the Economics Research Associates Market Analysis, and the Calthorpe Associates Station Area Plan.
The Spring Valley Station District is governed by a Planned Development ordinance that incorporates specialized standards for land use, building and area regulations, development rights, parking ratios, signage, and development review. In addition, a set of design guidelines apply within the District, which influence building design, the placement of street furniture (benches, lighting, planters, etc.), and the creation of open space.
In addition to the regulations and design guidelines for the Spring Valley Station District, a second set of design guidelines were adopted for properties fronting on streets surrounding the District. Although these Interface Areas are outside of the heart of the Spring Valley Station District and have not been rezoned, their proximity to the District suggests the need for certain common features that help create a cohesive overall district. The Interface Design Guidelines address elements such as sidewalks and landscaping, providing symmetry to the road corridors that bound the Spring Valley Station District.
The first development with the Spring Valley Station District is Brick Row a mixed-use development east of the Spring Valley station that includes townhomes, apartments, condominiums, and retail. Construction began in Fall 2008, and development is still underway on portions of the property. The apartments, some of the townhomes and part of the retail space are currently occupied and the development of McKamy Park is complete.