As part of the Master Plan Update, an initiative was developed to enhance the physical and economic development of Dallas Love Field and its bordering neighborhoods. The Good Neighbor Plan(GNP) initiative included a public involvement program intended to incorporate community input into the decisions made regarding development and improvements around Dallas Love Field. Community input was incorporated into the Master Plan alternatives and included in the documentation of the Preferred Alternative.
The initial public involvement for the GNP initiative was conducted between July and November 2012 and included 10 public meetings with participation by residents and business representatives from neighborhoods bordering the Airport.
The results of each meeting were discussed with the participants and an open discussion was facilitated. The top three priorities resulting from each meeting are listed below.
Overall, input received at the 10 meetings indicated that the top three priorities were landscaping and streetscaping, pedestrian connections, and buffers (visual and physical) around the Airport.
Two additional Public Outreach Events were held for the Master Plan Update in an Open House format. These meetings were held on July 10th 2014 and March 19, 2015. Both Public Outreach events were held at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on Airport property. The first of these meetings outlined the progress of the Master Plan Update including the demand capacity and facility requirements analysis as well as preliminary alternatives development. The second of the meetings addressed the final preferred alternative outlined in the Master Plan Update.
City Council Briefings
Study and Marketing Analysis
We Heard You!
The results from the input received from the initial 10 meetings indicated that the top three priorities were landscaping and streetscaping, pedestrian connections, buffers (visual and physical) around the airport. Master Plan Update alternatives were developed that would help address stakeholder concerns through improvements around the perimeter of the Airport. The alternatives suggested include improvements related to aesthetics and safety, which would be implemented along roadways, as well as in Airport buffer areas, and pedestrian connections along primary pedestrian corridors, which would create safe, aesthetically pleasing routes between destinations surrounding the Airport and neighboring communities. Eventual implementation will include coordination through City agencies.
Aesthetics and Safety
Roadway Landscaping and Signage
Aesthetics around the Airport would be improved through landscaping along the roadway corridors surrounding the Airport. Street trees located in the medians and parkway buffers between the roadway and sidewalk would not only beautify areas surrounding the Airport, but provide a needed safety buffer for residential neighborhoods and pedestrian routes. Safety enhancements would include the parkway buffers, as well as high visibility pedestrian crossings and sidewalks.
Airport Landscaping and Fencing
In addition to roadway improvements, landscaping and fencing would be improved in certain areas along the Airport property boundary. Along Airdrome Drive and Mockingbird Lane, Airport improvements would include landscaping enhancements and improved security fencing that would also be an aesthetic upgrade. Landscaping improvements would be considered where allowable under applicable Airport safety regulations and guidelines.
- A new fence was put in to replace the chain link fence around the airport.
- Coordination with Texas Trees Foundation to add landscaping around the perimeter of the Airport.
In addition to aesthetic improvements to roadways, pedestrian connections were a priority during Master Plan Update alternatives development. Pedestrian connections in areas surrounding the Airport were a chief concern among stakeholders during the public outreach events. Pedestrian connections in each of the stakeholder zones surrounding the Airport can also aid in creating a safer environment for surrounding communities. The land uses in these areas are largely residential and commercial and these areas have the greatest need for safe, convenient passage for residents. Concepts for creating and improving pedestrian connections include:
- Continuous sidewalks
- Connected recreational paths
- High-visibility crosswalks
- Signalized intersections
- Sidewalk lighting
- Roadway buffers
Pedestrian connections would be implemented to create a network of safe passages for residents and visitors that stretches from Bachman Lake recreational trails in the northern stakeholder zone, along Lemmon Avenue to Airdrome Drive, then to Mockingbird Lane, and eventually connecting with the Love Field entrance along Cedar Springs Road/Herb Kelleher Way. Along the western edge of the Airport, pedestrian connection concepts include continuous sidewalks on Denton Drive that would link Mockingbird Lane sidewalks to the south with the Bachman Lake trails to the north. The network of trails and sidewalks would allow pedestrian and recreational access from surrounding neighborhoods to Bachman Lake Park, Midway Manor Park, the Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas Love Field and Airport FBOs and businesses, as well as convenient access to the commercial areas along Lemmon Avenue and Mockingbird Lane. To the west, pedestrian connections along Denton Drive would provide access from Mockingbird Lane and Bachman Lake to residential neighborhoods west of the Airport, as well as the DART Burbank Station for the green and orange lines and businesses along Denton Drive.
Along Lemmon Avenue, intersections were prioritized for safe pedestrian connections. Intersections that were prioritized were Lemmon Avenue at Shorecrest Drive, Lemmon Avenue at Lovers Lane, and Lemmon Avenue at University Boulevard. Improvements for these intersections were suggested to increase pedestrian safety and connect with surrounding pedestrian routes. The conceptual improvements include a recreational path that would connect with existing Bachman Lake recreational trails, travel southeast along the northeastern side of Lemmon Avenue to Lovers Lane, where the path would cross Lemmon Avenue and connect with a recreational path and sidewalk that would extend around the Airport to the Airport entrance at Mockingbird Lane and Cedar Springs Road/Herb Kelleher Way.