The most recent phase for implementing the Main Street/Central Expressway Enhancement/Redevelopment Strategy began February 2016, continuing the city’s Rezoning Initiative within the Main Street/Central Expressway Corridor. During 2014, the City-initiated rezoning properties within the Corridor, establishing new land use and development regulations consistent with the vision established for the Corridor as provided for in the Vision Study and Market Analysis (Phase 1), which was accepted by the City Council in January 2013. Four central sub-districts—Interurban, Central Place, Chinatown, and Main Street—were rezoned as the original Planned Development (PD) Main Street/Central Expressway Form Based Code during the Central Sub-district Rezoning Initiative (Phase 2), adopted in January 2015.
The Southern Sub-district Rezoning Initiative (Phase 3) consisted of rezoning four sub-districts located in the southern portion of the Corridor—Gateway Commercial, Railside (formerly known as Trailside), Creative Corporate, and Centennial Green (formerly known as McKamy Spring). Throughout the duration of this project, sub-district boundaries were refined and the sub-district names updated, based upon feedback received from stakeholders, residents, the City Plan Commission, and the City Council (as shown on the sub-district map below).
Complete new land use and development regulations were created for these sub-districts, incorporating the sub-districts into the Main Street/Central Expressway Form Based Code. In addition to creating new regulations for these four southern sub-districts, amendments and refinements to the existing zoning regulations were proposed for the four sub-districts located in the central portion of the corridor—Interurban, Central Place, Chinatown, and Main Street.
Throughout the course of this project, there were opportunities for input from property owners, business owners, and other interested persons during stakeholder meetings, community workshops, and public hearings, as well as on-line. Detailed information, including past presentations are located on the Phase 3 Project Documents page. The Main Street/Central Expressway Form Based Code (Ordinance 4191) was adopted on November 14, 2016.
The City of Richardson has selected a team led by Kimley-Horn to carry out the third phase of the Main Street/Central Expressway project. This team worked with the City of Richardson and the Richardson community to create the vision study for the Corridor, as well as creating the PD – Main Street/Central Expressway Form Based Code, which rezoned four sub-districts centrally located within the Corridor. The members of the team and their primary areas of involvement are shown below.