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Large community and regional parks provide an amenity that can be better leveraged with medium to higher-intensity development along a portion of their perimeters. A major park entrance is a frequent anchor for the higher-intensity nodes. The predominant land uses in higher-intensity edges include attached single-family residential, medium to high-density residential and small to large-scale mixed-use development. Development should have the main entrance oriented to the park. Mixed-use and commercial development should be buffered from detached single-family housing with smaller scale multifamily development and attached single-family development. Neighborhood pedestrian and bicycle connections should be emphasized. Areas well-suited for this include Brackenridge Park and Phil Hardberger Park.

Major Determinant

A large community or regional park.

Relation to VIA Supportive Development Typologies

One of three typologies corresponding to VIA’s Urban Center typology.

Predominant Land Uses

Detached single-family residential, attached single-family residential medium to high-density residential and small to large-scale mixed-use development.

Performance Standards

Height: 2 to 12-story development or 35 to 150 feet

Massing and Density: 10 to 40 housing units per acre and 1:1 to 6:1 Floor Area Ratio (FAR)

Street Level Activation: Transparency along primary street of 50%; transparency along side street of 20%

Connectivity: Maximum block perimeter of 1,200 feet; minimum 90 intersections per square mile

Public Space: Plazas and park spaces totaling 20 acres per 1,000 residents

Parking: On-street and off-street parking

Potential Locations

The Community/Regional Park place type is appropriate near community and regional parks that are approximately 20 acres or more. The map above illustrates conceptual locations where the conditions are known to be conducive for this place type. It also shows all areas within ¼-mile of existing parks that are 20 acres or larger.