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Boulevard 26 Corridor
The Boulevard 26 Corridor Strategy encompasses Boulevard 26 south of Loop 820, including parts of Rufe Snow and Glenview Drives. Once a regional draw for all of Northeast Tarrant County, the Boulevard 26 Corridor (formerly known as South Grapevine Highway) has great potential for redevelopment and reinvestment. The Cities of North Richland Hills and Richland Hills have joined together to develop this strategy.
Home Town NRH The Town Center Zoning & Regulating Plan was updated in 2010-11 to guide the development of the remaining 93 acres on the east side of the HomeTown Lakes. After an extensive public input process, the updated plan was approved by the City Council on March 28, 2011.
Staff Reports & Presentations
Loop 820 CorridorThe City of North Richland Hills anticipates that the North Tarrant Express project, which will widen NE Loop 820, will have a wide range of impacts on our community. Some properties may change uses if land is acquired by the state, and traffic patterns on local streets are also likely to change or be altered due to the new location of on ramps and off ramps. To prepare for these changes, the city hired Kimley-Horn Associates and Townscape Inc. to develop a Loop 820 Corridor Plan. The development of this plan included significant input property owners along the corridor and other residents.The plan will serve as a guide for future development and will ensure Loop 820 remains a vital business, entertainment and civic area. The plan was formally adopted by the City Council on July 25, 2005.
Regional Rail & Transit Oriented Development
The North Central Texas Council of Governments and regional transportation authorities have developed a plan to add 251 miles of passenger rail in the Dallas-Fort Worth region over the next 20 years. Under this plan, commuter rail service will be extended to many communities in Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin counties with connections to the existing transit systems in Dallas and Fort Worth. Two commuter rail stops are proposed for North Richland Hills.
The City of North Richland Hills worked with Gateway Planning Group to develop a Transit Oriented Mixed Use Development Code to govern future development around the proposed Iron Horse and Smithfield rail station sites. Property owners in both the Iron Horse and Smithfield development areas were invited to participate in the creation of the code. Key aspects of code include unique character districts, building and streetscape guidelines, civic and open spaces and parking. The code was formally adopted by the City Council on June 8, 2009 and revisions were approved on March 4, 2013.
Having grown-up in the early 1900’s, North Richland Hill’s Smithfield community is the City’s oldest and most historic area. It lies north of Loop 820 between Davis Boulevard and Smithfield Road, with Smithfield Elementary on the north and Mid-Cities Boulevard on the south. A conservation plan has been completed to serve as a guide to future redevelopment in the Smithfield area. The intent of this plan is to preserve the character of the Smithfield area and offer guidelines for future investments.
For more information about these strategic plans, please contact Planning & Development Department at 817-427-6300.