Comprehensive Plan

What is the Comprehensive Plan?

The Comprehensive Plan is the City of Fort Worth’s official guide for making decisions about growth and development. The Plan is a summary of the goals, objectives, policies, strategies, programs, and projects that will enable the city to achieve its mission of focusing on the future, working together to build strong neighborhoods, develop a sound economy, and provide a safe community.

The Texas Local Government Code establishes the legal basis for the comprehensive plan. The code states that a municipality may adopt a comprehensive plan for long-range development. If a city adopts a comprehensive plan, it must be used as the basis of subsequent zoning amendments. The comprehensive plan is described as a plan for the orderly growth and development of the city and its environs. The plan should “facilitate the movement of people and goods, and the health, safety, and general welfare for the citizens of the city.”

How does the City use the Comprehensive Plan?

The City uses the Comprehensive Plan as a guide for decisions when: 

  • Creating and implementing special purpose plans, such as the Citywide Historic Preservation Plan, Gateway Park Master Plan, Lake Worth Vision Plan, Economic Development Strategic Plan, Public Art Master Plan, and Water & Sewer Master Plans
  • Identifying budget priorities
  • Preparing the capital improvement program
  • Informing the annexation program
  • Establishing development standards
  • Reviewing zoning and subdivision cases 

Updating the Comprehensive Plan

We need your help to plan for the future of Fort Worth!

  • What would your Fort Worth be like in the year 2050?
  • How can we make Fort Worth an even better place to live, work, and play?

Learn more about the new 2050 Comprehensive Plan, and ways to get involved: