Infrastructure Division

Infrastructure

The Infrastructure Division endeavors to provide exceptional customer experience to create quality outcomes through subject matter expertise and professionalism. Team Work is our mission, relying on internal alliance partners to assist in the review process for public infrastructure. Our team follows each project through the review process into construction all the way to completion.

Infrastructure Division includes the following sections:

  • IPRC - Infrastructure Plan Review Center
  • TDR - Transportation Development Review
  • SDS - Storm Water Development Services
  • DSWS - Development Services Water Section
  • Parkway Inspection

IPRC

Infrastructure Plan Review Center (IPRC) 

The Infrastructure Plan Review Center (IPRC) is responsible for the project management of new public infrastructure improvements, also known as developer-funded infrastructure improvements, associated with residential, commercial and industrial development.

This role includes: preliminary and final plan review, contract specification review, easement document review, acceptance of plans for construction, and coordination with the developer’s engineer during the construction phase of the project.

New development civil construction plans are submitted electronically to IPRC via Accela; which, uses a team of professional engineers to review, comment and accept the design plans for construction.

Accela Citizen Access (ACA)

 

Pre-development Conference (PDC)

Developer/consultants are encouraged to schedule a Pre-development Conference (PDC) through the City's Development Services Department. The PDC is a discovery meeting to discuss the developer’s general plans, needs and goals. The developer/consultant will meet with representatives from various City departments to discuss possible issues and ask questions relative to the new development project. For more information, visit the Pre-Development Information webpage.

Plat Review

All plat applications are reviewed as part of the Development Review Committee. Submit applications for preliminary and final plats to the Development Services/Platting Division on the lower level of City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Community Facilities Agreement (CFA)

A Community Facilities Agreement (CFA) is required for developer-driven projects, and all CFA requirements must be met prior to the acceptance of construction plans. Visit the Development Services Department website or the CFA webpage for more information.

As-Built Request

To better track the number of requests that the City of Fort Worth receives and when Departments respond to those requests, Departments are now requiring the requestor to submit a Public Information Request (PIR) via the City’s Online Portal. This will also assist in tracking the requestor's request later.  PIRs can be submitted via the City’s Public Records webpage. Please note: The requestor will need to create a user name and log-in to submit requests.

 

IPRC Helpful Links

 

For additional questions, please contact the Infrastructure Plan Review Center team at InfrastructurePlanReviewCenter@fortworthtexas.gov

 

TDR

Transportation Development Review (TDR) 

The Transportation Development Review (TDR) team reviews traffic impacts for new developments in the city to ensure that the transportation infrastructure system has adequate capacity and is designed in accordance with the following policies and procedures below: 

 Access Management Policy  Active Transportation Plan  Complete Streets Policy
 Master Thoroughfare Plan  Transportation Engineering Manual  Sidewalks, Curb, and Gutter

 

Traffic Impact Analysis 

The Transportation Development Review division reviews Traffic Impact Analysis for development in the city to assess a projects impact on the transportation system and determine what/if any roughly proportional mitigations are required to serve that development. To begin the TIA process fill out the TIA Worksheet(PDF, 153KB)  and upload it to the Traffic Impact Analysis workflow in Accela Citizens Portal. 

Transportation Exactions (Rough Proportionality)

As a condition of the development approval, a new development may be required to provide the transportation improvements necessary to mitigate impacts to the transportation system. These improvements that meet the nexus requirement, must be "roughly proportionate" to the estimated impact of the proposed development. Per Local Government Code Section 212.904, "if a city requires infrastructure improvements as a condition of approval for a development, through dedications, payment of fees, or construction, the developers portion may not exceed the amount that is roughly proportionate to the proposed development." Through the use of traffic studies and other data, the TDR division determines the roughly proportional improvements required to serve the development. While most exactions are determined at the platting stage it can be made as a condition of building permit approval.

Transportation Exactions vs Impact Fees

Exactions are required improvements of the transportation infrastructure system to provide adequate infrastructure to serve the site. Whereas the transportation impact fees is a cost charged to new development to fund capital improvements attributed to new development. 

SDS

Storm Water Development Services (SDS) 

Storm Water Development Services (SDS) works to safeguard citizens and resources and guide sustainable development while promoting quality growth. SDS serves the City by reviewing Storm Water management plans, floodplain development permits, and storm drain construction plans associated with development projects within the City of Fort Worth and Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).

SDS reviews for conformance to City drainage design and floodplain management criteria, as it relates hydraulics, hydrology, and construction standards.

  • Land disturbing activity or platting of 1.0 acre or more or more OR land disturbing activity of less than 1.0 acre where the activity is part of a Common Land Plan Development will require an approved Grading Permit and Storm Water Drainage Study.

  • When required, a detailed Storm Water Drainage Study (SWDS) must be accepted prior to the SUBMITTAL of a Concept Plan, Preliminary Plat, Final Plat, or the Infrastructure Plans to IPRC. Drainage Studies are submitted electronically through Accela.

    • Provide a Downstream Assessment through the Zone of Influence and provide an Adequate Outfall as defined in the CFW Storm Water Criteria Manual for Site Development and Construction.

    • All drainage ditches and culverts carrying >10cfs require a HEC-RAS model for proper design.

    • If infrastructure is not available to convey the fully developed flows from the development, the developer has the option to improve the downstream system and provide adequate outfall, or to detain storm water to pre-developed levels.

  • If going through the IPRC process, a Storm Water Pre-con Checklist must be submitted and accepted during the IPRC review period. Items like a floodplain permit (FDP) or Storm Water Facility Maintenance Agreement (SWFMA) must be approved and/or executed prior to proceeding to construction.

  • If detention is proposed, a storm water facilities maintenance agreement must be executed. See form CFW-8 for the SWFMA checklist. No crossing utilities are allowed within detention pond areas.

  • Maximum allowable driveway discharge is 3 cfs in a 5-year storm event

  • Refer to Appendix F of the CFW Storm Water Criteria Manual for the CFW Storm Water Utility Fee Credit Policy

  • Development along the TRWD Greenbelt Corridor may require a permit and coordination

  • The building finished floor elevation and all electrical/mechanical equipment servicing the building must be 2 feet above the fully developed 100-year Water Surface Elevation (WSE). When platting, establish the 100-year WSE to include a 10’ horizontal buffer and show on the plat in a dedicated floodplain easement.

  • All public storm water must be contained in a public drainage easement designed to contain ultimate developed flows. No structures (walls, buildings, poles, etc.) are allowed within a public drainage easement without Development Service’s Storm Water approval

  • Retaining walls are not allowed in drainage easements without Development Service’s Storm Water approval

  • Maintain existing drainage patterns. No water should be conveyed from one watershed to another

  • If the project affects existing CFW parkland please contact PACS in the Parks & Recreation Department at 817-392-5743

  • Existing infrastructure plans are available. Please use the Public Records webpage to request them from the vault. 

    Email the team atsds@fortworthtexas.gov to request any previously accepted SWDS’s
    • Standard review time for all non CIP submittals is 10 business days.
    • The Drainage Study review fee is $1,250 plus $10 per acre, if over one (1) acre.

    View the CFW Storm Water Criteria Manual here(PDF, 10MB)

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        Additional information can be found on the Grading Permits webpage and on the City Project Resources Files webpage

 

Additional For more assistance, please email the Storm Water Development Services Team at SDS@fortworthtexas.gov

DSWS

Development Services Water Section (DSWS) 

Development Services Water Section (DSWS) is responsible for reviewing all developer-initiated projects related to water/wastewater improvements; which includes: plat reviews, final plat acceptance letter requests, IPRC plan reviews, alignment walk letter requests, PDC Reviews, miscellaneous project application review

In order to connect the City’s water, wastewater, or reclaim system the property must be platted, located within the City’s limits, and be located within the current Certificates of Convenience and Necessity (CCN). The developer will have an engineer or architect prepare a site plan and evaluate existing utility availability. The Water Department will determine if extensions will be required from the existing system and if water or sewer studies will be required before submitting plat applications, new building permits, or documents for the IPRC and CFA processes. The construction of public water and sewer to serve the property could be subject to the previously described IPRC and CFA processes. 

IPRC Review

The City Engineers handle reviews and resubmittals of projects submitted for IPRC. To support IPRC review, two form types are required for all IPRC plan submittals, those being the Water/Sewer Acceptance Letter and the Alignment Walk Request Letter. It is encouraged to request a pre-submittal meeting in effort to resolve any alignment issues.

Water/Sewer Acceptance Letter

Provided by Water Planning: wpd@fortworthtexas.gov

When making the request, please include the following documents within the email:

  • Consultation Meeting Waiver Form
  • Horizontal Control Plan
  • Water Sewer Construction Plan Sheets

Alignment Walk Request Letter

Provided by the Development Services Water Section (DSWS): dsws@fortworthtexas.gov

When making the request, please include “Alignment Walk Request- “project name” within the subject line.

The overall review includes GIS, walk requirements and water/sewer exhibit to determine if the actual “walk” will be required. If the alignment meets the criteria for a walk visit, the study must be provided with the form. Studies must be approved before walk can be scheduled.

  • If no walk is required, DSWS signs and emails a letter back to the consultant.

  • If a walk is required, DSWS typically schedules for Wednesday/Friday at 9:00 am.

After the walk is complete, the Project Manager will either sign off on the letter if alignment is acceptable. If the Alignment is not acceptable, a revision must be provided with new proposed alignment exhibit.

Platting Review

Development Services Water Section (DSWS) reviews platting for water and sewer accessibility, frontage and pro rata fees (Ordinance #23708-06-2019) of a property.

For plats, a Water/Sewer Acceptance study letter must be submitted 

  • Preliminary Plats – Requires Water Planning signature

    • Purpose of review

      • Water Planning confirms the proposed or existing water/sewer lines have capacity to serve proposed development.

  • Final Plats- Requires Water Planning and Development Services Water Section (DSW) signatures

    • Purpose of review

      • Water Planning confirms the proposed or existing water/sewer lines have capacity to serve proposed development.

      • DSWS team confirms the proposed or existing water/sewer lines are accessible to each proposed lot.

 

For additional information, please email the Development Services Water Section at dsws@fortworthtexas.gov

 

 

Parkway Inspection

Parkway Inspection

Parkway The parkway inspection team oversees the permits for, and inspection of, public sidewalks, curb ramps, drive approaches, curb and gutter, and alleys in connection with new construction and redevelopment in the City of Fort Worth.

    

What is a Parkway Permit?

A parkway permit is a permit to perform work on the City of Fort Worth parkway portion of the right-of-way (Shown on photo).

 

 

 

When do I Need a Parkway Permit?

 Parkway Permit  IPRC  No Parkway Permit Required
 Sidewalks  Parkway Improvements over $20,000   Work on TxDOT right-of-way (TXDOT permit required)
 Curb and Gutters  Private and/or Public Streets, Roads, alleys, and Easements   Work outside the City of Fort Worth
 Driveway Approaches  Street Lights   Residential Driveways on private property
ADA Compliant Curb Ramps   Retaining Walls in the Right-of-way   Flat work on private and public access easements
 Alleys and Alley Access  Angled, Head in, or Parallel  on Street Parking  
 Culvert & Culvert Pipes under Drive Approaches    

Temporary Parkway or Lane Closures require Street Use Permits. Visit Street Permits for more info.

 

How do I Apply for a Parkway Permit?

The easiest way to apply for a parkway permit is through Accela Citizens Access portal:

Accela Citizens Portal

Or you may apply for a parkway permit:

1. Over the phone: Please contact 817-392-2222 option number 9 and give them permit number PK##-##### to make payment over the phone.

2. Email: devcustomerservice@fortworthtexas.gov  - please place parkway in subject line of all emails.

3. IN PERSON: City Hall- Downtown-Lower level- Planning and Development Department, 200 Texas St, Fort Worth, TX 76102. 

Do not call, fax, or email the inspector. They don’t issue permits or schedule inspections.

Additional Useful Information

New Development Ordinance, Regulations and Standards

Population growth brings new development and that means construction of public infrastructure. City council approved revisions to the regulations and standards for Community Facility Agreements (CFA), Utility Construction Policy, and the Installation Policy and Design Criteria for Water, Wastewater and Reclaimed Water Infrastructure at their meeting May 7, to ensure new development adequately meets city standards.

Standards and Detail Drawings

City Standards and detail drawings are listed in the categories shown below and are also available to view or download under specification or standard construction drawing through the project resources page.

For Developer Awarded Projects (DAP)

Division 01 – General Requirements

Division 34 - Transportation

Standard Specifications for all Construction Projects

Division 02 – Existing Conditions

Division 03 – Concrete

Division 26 – Electrical

Division 31 – Earthwork

Division 32 – Exterior Improvements

Division 33 – Utilities

Division 34 – Transportation

Traffic Control Plans

Most permits require traffic control plans. View specifications and sample plans(PDF, 2MB).

For information on Street Classifications, view the Master Thoroughfare Plan.

Master Thoroughfare Plan (MTP)

The Master Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) is the long-range plan for major transportation facilities in the city of Fort Worth.

The MTP is not targeted to a specific point in the future, but is intended to accommodate the ultimate development of the city’s thoroughfare network. It is a right-of-way preservation document, allowing the orderly development of a network necessary to support the city’s growth plans. Future thoroughfare alignments are conceptual, long-term, and general in nature.

Visit the Master Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) webpage for more details.

License and Bond Applications

 Available to view and download on TPW's webpage.

Water, Waste Water and Reclaimed Water

Developer information related to water, waste water and reclaimed water can be found here.

Additional Ordinances and Construction Codes

Information related to additional ordinances and construction codes can be found here.