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 - photo courtesy of Downtown Fort Worth

photo courtesy of Downtown Fort Worth

Promoting Exceptional Design in Downtown Fort Worth through Urban Design Standards and Guidelines


Kirk Millican, AIA, Freese and Nichols
Michael Bennett, AIA, Bennett Benner Pettit
Randy Hutcheson, City of Fort Worth


CE Sessions
1.00 HSW
1.00 LUH


Thursday, November 7, 2013
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Class Code: 36

Room / Location

Room 202 AB / Convention Center Second Floor


Long recognized for its walkable, pedestrian-scaled downtown, community and business leaders, Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. (DFWI) encouraged the City of Fort Worth to work with them to create and adopt development standards and guidelines for future public and private development in 1999. In 2009, DFWI once again worked with the City to refine and calibrate the Downtown Urban Design Standards and Guidelines, and streamline the review process. New construction, major renovations, or cases where applicants request waivers from base standards must be reviewed by the Downtown Design Review Board (DDRB).

City staff works collaboratively with DFWI staff on administrative cases. The standards and guidelines create a clear set of expectations for all developers and provides transparency and predictability in the market. Millican, DDRB's chairman, will present the basis, history, and guiding principles of the standards. City ordinance, administration, and coordination with other commissions will be discussed by Hutcheson. Bennett, who has presented projects before DDRB, will discuss the pros and cons of the standards, their impacts on architects, and their impact on the urban design of downtown Fort Worth.


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