Comprehensive Plan Update

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Building a Better Benbrook

The Comprehensive Plan is an official document that serves as Benbrook’s roadmap for future land development. The plan is being updated to address usage of vacant lands. The City is asking for and accepting public comment through December 12, 2019.

As part of the update process, the City held an open house on Tuesday, November 12th. Citizens had an opportunity to review six stations addressing different elements of the plan. Below is a summary of each station with links (the title of each station) to the information provided at the Open House. Please provide your comments on the form at the end of this page.

Station 1: Why Plan?
A plan provides guidance for the City’s decision-making. It also is used to establish goals and strategies to help us fulfill the community’s vision for Benbrook. As a prominent management consultant once wrote, "Planning is bringing the future into the present, so you can do something about it now."

Station 2: Our Vision
Our vision is, “Making Benbrook Your Hometown.” The slogan reflects our intention to help create a sense of pride and place for Benbrook residents.  

Station 3: Thoroughfare and Trails Plans
We want to create a community where citizens -- including bicyclists -- can get around easily and efficiently. The two plans depict our vision for the development of Benbrook's roads, bike routes and hiking trails.

Station 4: Future Land Use
We don't want just to see Benbrook grow; we want to see it grow wisely. That means having a good mix of commercial and residential areas, carefully developed and strategically located. The plans depict our vision for the development of Benbrook's vacant municipal lands as well as Mercer Ranch, located in our extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

Station 5: Downtown
Picture in your mind the intersection of Winscott Road and Mercedes Street, around where City Hall currently stands. Now imagine that same area with a downtown … It could have wide sidewalks, residential uses, distinctive shops and slower-moving traffic. It also could have bike lanes, sidewalk cafés and maybe even a public greenspace for people to gather. With the updated Comprehensive Plan, all of it is a possibility...view this conceptual video.

Station 6: Help Prioritize (Results)
City services, such as public safety, maintenance of our streets, storm water systems, parks and trails, are all largely paid for with tax dollars. Every year the City works hard to provide the best quality and level of services at the lowest possible cost. But as the cost of and demand services increases, the City faces tough choices.

Attendees of the open house also participated in a prioritization exercise. They were given five beans, representing tax dollars, and challenged to choose which of ten City services they would fund. Participants found the exercise was a creative way to demonstrate the allocation of limited resources.

Will you help us Build a Better Benbrook? 

Submit your comments now. 

Please share this page with your friends, too. Comments will be accepted until midnight Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019.

For more information, call 817-249-6060 or email