Today there is an ever increasing appreciation of the historic character of Old Town. A new generation is attracted to the authentic and distinct charm of places that have withstood the test of time. This new generation appreciates the architectural character and are attracted to the livable, walk-able atmosphere of Old Town. There is also an increasing desire for more diverse housing options as the baby boomer generation ages. Smaller, more dense living is desired by both the young and old. This updated version of the 1995 Old Town Plan attempts to balance these considerations by respecting the existing character of Old Town, creating new pedestrian oriented destinations, such as the planned public plaza, and providing a concept development plan to help guide future public and private investments.
In 2015, the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) approached the City about conducting a legacy charrette
in Old Town Burleson due to its unique position and success in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. City leaders
met with nationally recognized planners and architects in Old Town to discuss projects that could build
upon our success but also lay groundwork for a truly walkable, mixed‐use district. The professional
presentation that includes drawings of the Old Town plaza (see below) and key development tracts. View the report.
Since the conclusion of the CNU legacy charrette, the City issued a Request for Proposal to develop the recommended public plaza and a new mixed used development. The RFP can be seen in the related documents. After a proposal and developer were selected, the City began preparing for the project. The crucial element of gathering public input for the design of the public space began with a Facebook town hall, a series of web based surveys and two "pop-up plaza" events. The information gathered through these means was passed to the design team to use in order to create a rough draft design to present to the public on Thursday, October 26. The design presentation can be viewed in the related documents below.