Entertainment Overlay District
The City of Farmers Branch is proposing to create an “Entertainment Overlay District” within the city’s East Side. The purpose of the Entertainment Overlay District is to allow for destination-oriented venues to promote a vibrant and active East Side, thereby providing residents and employees opportunities to socialize and be entertained. This district is anticipated to encourage economic development through infill and redevelopment of underutilized properties and adaptive reuse of existing buildings in order to assist in the ongoing revitalization efforts. The balance of land uses and businesses for working, living, shopping, and entertainment will potentially increase the quality of life for residents and employees of Farmers Branch, and help to create a unique identity for the East Side.
The proposed boundary of the district consists of Spring Valley Road to the north; Midway Road to the west; Inwood Road to the east; and the southern boundary being Simonton Road from Midway Road to Welch Road, then continuing south along Welch Road to McEwen Road, then east along McEwen Road/Galleria Drive and subsequently ending at the eastern city limit line. A link to the map showing the proposed overlay district boundary is provided below.
While several land uses/businesses that support the goals and objectives of this proposed overlay district are already allowed by right within this area, such as:
- Amusement Commercial, Indoor
- Breweries (includes Wineries)
- Breweries (includes Wineries) and Brewpub
- Restaurant, General and Qualifying
Additional land uses that are proposed to be allowed by right are as follows:
- Bar of Tavern
- Banquet Hall or Events Center, Indoor
- Private Club
- Theater, Indoor
Smoking establishments are also proposed to be allowed within the district with approval of a Specific Use Permit (SUP). An SUP is considered an additional zoning action, and allows for a case- by-case review, subject to review by the Planning and Zoning Commission and approval by City Council. Only business establishments generating minimum 30% of its total gross revenue from on premise sales and consumption of tobacco and related products and accessories will be considered a smoking establishment. Smoking establishments will not be allowed elsewhere within the city outside of the proposed Entertainment Overlay District boundaries.
The following requirements are proposed to be added for any new smoking establishment within the proposed Entertainment Overlay District in order to reduce potential negative air quality impacts related to these businesses:
- Adequate ventilation must be provided as required by the International Building Code, as adopted and amended, and the city’s Smoking Ordinance.
- Shall provide an air filtration system that prevents the commingling of air with other businesses, common areas, hallways and other non-smoking areas.
- Shall provide tenant demising walls that terminate at the roof deck with all penetration sealed, constructed in accordance with the International Building Code, as adopted and amended.
- Shall conspicuously post a sign stating "this is a smoking establishment" at all entrances to the establishment.
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For more information regarding the proposed overlay district, please contact, Ms. Surupa Sen, AICP, Senior Planner at 972.919.2542 or via email at email@example.com.
The proposed district would be established by rezoning properties located within the Entertainment Overlay District in order to allow the aforementioned uses, including establishing related regulations within the city’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. Since this is considered a zoning action, public hearing notifications would be issued in accordance with local and state statutes, and the zoning request would be considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission with final action taken by City Council.