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Downtown Master Plan

The current Downtown Master Plan for the City of Arlington was completed in 2004.  Since that time, downtown has changed considerably with new development projects and growth from the University of Texas at Arlington campus.  In addition, the upcoming Abram Street rebuild project will impact how pedestrians and vehicular traffic experience the Downtown environment.

The City is interested in creating a vision and implementation strategy to guide development in the Downtown and surrounding areas of the City. Downtown Arlington is the civic and historic core of the City, and the Master Plan will account for a wide range of existing and future uses to create a vibrant destination for residents and visitors. The Downtown Master Plan will unify current projects and stakeholder visions to define a strong sense of place for Downtown Arlington, while remaining responsive to the history and current needs of the area. Additionally, the Plan must connect Downtown to growing entertainment, employment, and commercial centers within Arlington, as well as to the larger DFW region.

The Downtown Master Plan update will begin in January 2018.  A stakeholder committee will be convened and meet regularly throughout the project to provide guidance.  Public involvement will be continuous throughout the project, with opportunities for input provided online, through public open houses, and other events.  The final draft plan is slated for completion and Council consideration in Fall 2018.  Stay tuned to this page for opportunities to be engaged in the planning process!


RFQ Process

The City of Arlington is beginning the process to develop a new Downtown Master Plan to create a vision and action strategy to guide growth in the Downtown and surrounding areas of the City.

View the Request for Qualifications (due November 1, 2017)

Addendum #1 (October 26, 2017)

Tentative Project Schedule:

  • November – December 2017: Select consultant team
  • January 2018: Form citizen advisory committee
  • January 2018 – August 2018: Plan development and public meetings
  • Fall 2018: Plan adoption

Previous Plans

In 2004, the city developed the Downtown Master Plan to be a guiding document for the revitalization of our Downtown area.

View the 2004 Arlington Downtown Master Plan


Contact Information

If you have any questions or feedback on this plan, please contact Lyndsay Mitchell, AICP, Planning Manager, at Lyndsay.Mitchell@arlingtontx.gov or 817-459-6653.