photo by Danny Fulgencio

photo by Danny Fulgencio

City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to rezone almost 900 acres of north Oak Cliff.

The Oak Cliff Gateway plan took more than a decade of planning, countless hours of community meetings, several rounds of City Plan Commission meetings and three City Council hearings.

“This is one of the most critical pieces of real estate in the city of Dallas,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said of the gateway area.

City Councilman Scott Griggs has been working on the plan since his district was redrawn to include the area two years ago.

The plan mostly utilizes form-based zoning, which does not focus on building uses, but instead determines how buildings address the street and how buildings relate to their surroundings. Exceptions include a medical district for Methodist hospital and specifics for Beckley Avenue adjacent to the East Kessler Park neighborhood.

The plan allows for buildings as high at 20 stories along the Trinity River corridor and 12 stories along East Jefferson.