FORT WORTH -- City Council members spoke approvingly Tuesday of a plan aimed at encouraging development on Camp Bowie Boulevard.
The plan is to change the zoning system for owners of property and businesses on Camp Bowie from Interstate 30 to West Loop 820.
The Camp Bowie District began working on the system, called "form-based codes," in 2009. The new codes are intended to be more flexible while attracting commercial development that will fit in well with the area, city staffers said.
The city's medical district and Trinity River Vision project already use form-based codes.
Councilmen W.B. "Zim" Zimmerman and Dennis Shingleton said the plan would be good for the area.
"It will be much easier for Camp Bowie to manage its development," Zimmerman said.
Mayor Betsy Price said the plan looked as if it would allow the city to provide better service with "less red tape."
The council is expected to vote on the plan next week.
Also Tuesday, the council unanimously approved paying up to $100,000 to hire the Cantey Hanger law firm to handle eminent-domain proceedings related to extending the runway at Alliance Airport. The project is intended to allow longer cargo flights from Alliance.
Members of the city staff had expected to handle the cases themselves over several months, but design changes in the project have meant that all the cases will be handled at one time, requiring the help of outside legal counsel, city documents say.
The cost of hiring the law firm will be covered by grants from the Federal Aviation Administration.