A kitchen at Trinity Bluffs. Photo courtesy of In Town Homes

A Houston-based developer wants the city to excuse it from rules that require mixed-use buildings in the Oak Cliff gateway.

In Town Homes plans to build 56 luxury townhouses on the east side of Zang at Canty, just north of where Crescent Communities is building apartments. The 2.1-acre tract is within the Oak Cliff gateway zoning, which was approved in 2015.

Oak Cliff gateway was the first large area to employ form-based zoning, a tool that cities can use in historic neighborhoods like Oak Cliff to encourage walkable, urban development and discourage urban sprawl. Since Zang is on the Oak Cliff streetcar line, the zoning intends “transit-oriented” development with easy walkability.

The zoning requires new development to have a mix of residential and retail or office space. In this case, the developer is asking for that requirement to be removed so that they may develop single-family homes only.

In Town Homes has six other developments in the Dallas Area, including Trinity Bluffs, where four-story townhouses sell for around $600,000.