TOD TIF District

Lancaster Urban Village
Transit-Oriented Development, or TOD for short, is at the heart of the City of Dallas' long-range land use plan, forwardDallas!. Dallas is home to forty-six (46) passenger rail stations, each presenting a unique opportunity to develop a new mixed-use neighborhood. Created in 2008, the TOD TIF District ties together development opportunities around eight (8) of these stations, in four sub-districts spread along the DART Red and Blue lines. Starting in north Dallas at the Lovers Lane DART Station, the TIF district also includes Mockingbird Station near Southern Methodist University (Mockingbird / Lovers Lane), areas south of downtown (Cedars West), sites near the Cedar Crest Golf Course (Cedar Crest) and the major commercial street through central Oak Cliff (Lancaster Corridor).

This innovative TIF district was one of the first in the country to balance increment generated across sub-districts, targeting areas with the greatest need. A portion of increment generated at the Mockingbird / Lovers Lane and Cedars West sub-districts provides additional funds to support development and infrastructure in the Lancaster Corridor and a fund for affordable housing. The development of the TOD TIF District follow the identified best practices for TOD:

  • Place-making;
  • Encouragement and planning for density; and
  • Good urban design.

TOD TIF District Map

  1. Cedar Crest Sub-district
  2. Cedars West Sub-district
  3. Lancaster Corridor Sub-dist.
  4. Mockingbird / Lovers Sub-dist.
Covering the area around the Cedar Crest Golf Course, host of the 1927 PGA Championship, the Cedar Crest sub-district includes a 200-acre development site. A residential area with large single-family homes surrounds the golf course with retail and storage uses along Kiest Boulevard at the southern edge. The nearest DART station, Illinois Station, is home of the DART Police Headquarters and is about one half-mile from the eastern edge of the sub-district. DART buses provide easy linkages to the station.

District Characteristics

TIF Lifespan

  • Creation Date: December 10, 2008
  • Expiration Date: December 31, 2038, or when the budget of $185,117,697 (2009 dollars) is collected


  • Total: 1,641.6 Acres
    • Cedar Crest Sub-district: 559.5 Acres
    • Cedars West Sub-district: 355.7 Acres
    • Lancaster Corridor Sub-district: 396.5 Acres
    • Mockingbird / Lovers Lane Sub-district: 331.3 Acres

Participating Jurisdictions

  • City of Dallas
  • Dallas County
More information can be found in the annual report, available here.