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Updated park dedication policy to go before Council

Posted Jan. 25, 2019

The City Council will vote Jan. 29 on proposed new measures that ensure adequate recreational areas will meet the needs of a growing Fort Worth population.

The Neighborhood and Community Park Dedication Policy was adopted in 1977 and has been revised several times to meet the open-space needs of a growing city and development trends. The policy applies to neighborhood parks, which are smaller and serve residents within a ¼- to ½-mile radius, and community parks, which are larger and serve residents within a 1- to 1½-mile radius.

Among the recommended changes:

  • For areas outside of the Central City (outside Loop 820), neighborhood parkland dedication would increase from 2.5 acres per 1,000 population to 3.25 acres per 1,000 population; the Neighborhood park development fee would increase from $30,000 per acre to $115,000 per acre.
  • For areas within the Central City (inside Loop 820), developers would be assessed $1,300 per unit on additional units only. The current rate is $500 per unit for all newly-constructed units.
  • The neighborhood park development fee and Central City fee increases would be phased in over a five-year period beginning in March 2019.

A Technical Review Advisory Committee, made up of key stakeholders from across Fort Worth, assisted with drafting the recommendations. In addition, the Park & Recreation Department received a letter of support for all recommendations from the Development Advisory Committee.

The City Council will vote on approving the changes at its next regular meeting, 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at City Hall, 200 Texas St.

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Residential Board of Adjustment Work Session: 12:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Fort Worth Professional Fire Fighters Association Collective Bargaining Negotiations: 1 p.m. Feb. 20, 2019; IAFF Local 440 Office, 3855 Tulsa Way.
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Residential Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Councill Chamber, 200 Texas Street.
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Urban Design Commission Work Session: 9:30 a.m. Feb. 21, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Urban Design Commission Public Hearing: 10 a.m. Feb. 21, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Black History Program at Southside Community Center: 11 a.m. Feb. 21, 2019; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale.

Workforce Delivery Systems Committee: noon Feb. 21, 2019; Board Large Conference Room, 1320 S. Univeristy Drive Suite 600.
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Community Action Partners (CAP) Council: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 2019; Fort Worth City Credit Union, First Floor, Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
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Black History Program at Hillside Community Center: 6 p.m. Feb. 21, 2019; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox.

Property Taxes 101 Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 2019; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18th St.

Deferred Compensation Oversight Committee: 9 a.m. Feb. 22, 2019; Fort Worth Credit Union Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
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Building Standards Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. Feb. 25, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Building Standards Commission: 9:30 a.m. Feb. 25, 2019; Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Trinity Metro Board of Directors Meeting: 3:30 p.m. Feb. 25, 2019; Intermodal Transportation Center, Second Floor Community Room, 1001 Jones Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
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