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Project Publications

Phase 2 Form Based Code PDF
(Adopted January 26, 2015)

Phase 1 Vision Study PDF
(Published January 2013)


The City Council approved the Main Street/Central Expressway Rezoning Initiative (Zoning File 16-24) at their October 24, 2016 meeting. Click the links below for additional information.

Council Agenda Packet
(including Draft Code) – Meeting Video

The City Plan Commission (CPC) held their public hearing on the project on September 20, 2016. Click the links below for information related to the CPC meeting.

The next 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) accepted by the City Council in January 2013. Four central sub-districts—Interurban, Central Place, Chinatown, and Main Street—were rezoned to the Planned Development (PD) Main Street/Central Expressway Form Based Code, adopted in January 2015 (Phase 2, see map below).

The next phase of the project (Phase 3) consists 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 have been refined and the sub-district names updated, based upon feedback received from stakeholders, residents, the City Plan Commission, and the City Council (see map below). Complete new land use and development regulations are being 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 are also being 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 have been 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. Public input continues to be received during the public hearing phase of the project. The draft Main Street/Central Expressway Form Based Code will be considered by the City Plan Commission on September 20, 2016. The draft code will be posted to this website the week of September 12, 2016.

Questions regarding the Rezoning Initiative can be directed to Tina Firgens, Planning Projects Manager, at or


The City of Richardson is implementing a strategy for redevelopment and revitalization of Main Street and the Central Expressway Corridor—Richardson’s original downtown and the major access route to the community, its business areas and neighborhoods. This strategy implements the 2009 Richardson Comprehensive Plan, which identified the Main Street area and Central Expressway Corridor as two of six target enhancement/redevelopment zones. For the purpose of this strategy, the two zones were combined into a single study area, which is now referred to as the Main Street/Central Expressway Corridor.

More information regarding the Vision Study and Market Analysis (Phase 1) which established the community’s vision for the Main Street/Central Expressway corridor can be found below.

More information regarding the Rezoning Initiative (Phase 2) where properties within the Main Street, Central Place, Interurban and Chinatown sub-districts were rezoned to the Main Street/Central Expressway Form Based Code can be found below.

link image for Richardson Main Central Study's Facebook page

Phase 3:
Southern Sub-districts 
Rezoning Initiative
Project Documents
Consultant Team
Project Profile Brochure
Sub-district Maps


Phase 2:
Central Sub-districts 
Rezoning Initiative
Project Documents


Phase 1:
Vision Study &
Market Analysis 
Project Documents


Main-Central Sub-district Map 


Last updated: 10/26/2016 1:34:49 PM