Development Standards & Incentives

Fort Worth South

Development Standards & Incentives

FWSI has worked closely with the City of Fort Worth for over a decade to update development standards and establish economic incentives that promote high-quality redevelopment. The district’s walkable, mixed-use, urban character is a tremendous competitive advantage in attracting residents and businesses looking for something different than the suburbs. One of the primary development goals is to attract complementary projects that strengthen that character.

One of FWSI’s most important services is providing assistance to developers during planning, design, and construction. This section is a good starting point for those interested in pursuing a project. You’ll find information on development standards, the review process, incentive programs, and additional resources that should be helpful as your project moves forward.

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Near Southside Development Standards

Near Southside Development Standards

In November 2007, the City Council adopted the Near Southside Standards and Guidelines, a form-based development code that promotes urban, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development that complements the district’s historic character and advances goals for the area.

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Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District #4

Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District #4

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District #4 is an important redevelopment tool for the Near Southside. The TIF allows tax revenues generated by new investments in the district to be used for funding public improvements within the district. TIF #4 was created in 1997 and will expire in 2022.

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Neighborhood Empowerment Zone Incentives

Neighborhood Empowerment Zone Incentives

The City’s Neighborhood Empowerment Zone (NEZ) program designates certain central city areas as eligible for redevelopment incentives, including permit and impact fee waivers. The majority of the Near Southside is within designated NEZs.

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Historic Designations & Incentives

Historic Designations & Incentives

The Near Southside contains the largest concentration of historic buildings in Fort Worth’s central city. Many of those buildings, as well as certain historic neighborhood districts, have been designated by the City Council as historically significant. Designation triggers certain incentives.

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