Bedford Commons Plan and Code,

City of Bedford, Texas

Bedford Commons

Jay Narayana, sub-consultant under Gateway Planning is the lead planner helping to facilitate the development of a mixed use ordinance for the City of Bedford to implement their vision for a new Downtown located between Forest Ridge, Bedford Road, Central Drive and SH 183/121. Located strategically along the newly improved SH 183/121 facility, the city is poised to experience the next phase of growth and redevelopment in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The goal of the initiative is to translate the community’s vision for a new mixed use center anchored by public/civic uses and a central green into a realistic implementation plan with a new regulatory framework as the first phase.

Refined Vision for Bedford Commons

The refined vision leverages access and visibility from SH 183 by transforming Parkwood into a true “Main Street”, prioritizing the redevelopment of vacant, city-owned, and underutilized property along L. Don Dodson with a focus on urban residential and live-work uses anchored by a new civic facility and a public “Commons” at the intersection of L. Don Dodson and Parkwood Drive.

Developing the Code

Through a series of joint worksessions with the City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission in 2014, a refined vision and draft zoning ordinance has been developed. The Bedford Commons Code uses modifi ed transect-based “character zones” together with highly prescribed public realm standards. Specifically, the code established standards for adjacency and transitions to adjoining neighborhoods and arterial roadways while implementing the vision for a vibrant, walkable downtown.


Bedford Concept Plan

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This project was undertaken with Gateway Planning as the prime firm. Images courtesy of Gateway Planning Group.