2019 Duncanville State of the City

On January 16, 2020, the Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Celebrate Duncanville: State of the City event at Hilton Garden Inn. Approximately 200 attendees from various businesses and community organizations came together to celebrate Duncanville’s progress over the past year, including awarding Duncanville’s Man and Woman of the Year, as well as the Mayor’s Choice Award for two local businesses.

The State of the City presented by Mayor Barry Gordon shares community highlights and city accomplishments for the year.

State of the City Video

The Mayor’s speech and PowerPoint presentation is also available in its entirety.

Mayor’s Speech & Presentation

2019 Duncanville Man and Woman of the Year

Man of the Year was awarded to Duncanville Police Officer Doug Sisk, pictured center with Mayor Gordon and wife Marlyse.
Woman of the Year was awarded to community visionary Betty Dunn, pictured with husband Weymond.

2019 Mayor’s Choice Award: Businesses

Redbird Skateland
Quality Aspirators

Zoning Ordinance Update: Public Input Summary

The City of Duncanville’s Zoning Ordinance Update project is underway! The following information outlines the results of public input and participation thus far in the project.

Public Meeting
The Zoning Ordinance Update kicked off with a successful community open house held on February 6, 2019 at the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center. The over 40 attendees participated in a polling exercise to identify the residents’ support for some of the big picture ideas, and then board exercises were conducted to receive open-ended input on selected topics.
The polling exercise identified a desire for diverse housing types in moderation, overwhelming support for increasing design standards to improve the look of the City, and the importance of building design standards and increased landscape standards. Feedback captured on the input boards highlighted participants’ thoughts on what types of housing and businesses are missing and identified issues with building design, landscaping, parking, walkability and procedures in the current ordinance.

Stakeholder Interviews
Stakeholder interviews were also conducted by the project team on February 6, 2019 with City Staff, developers/development community, and appointed officials to receive their thoughts and ideas on the most pressing issues in the current ordinance and how to resolve those issues.

Online Survey
An online survey was conducted from January 29 to February 10 and was made available on the City’s website as well as the project website. The survey was designed to identify the areas within the City that the residents like and dislike and their reasoning behind the preferences, general directions related to the zoning ordinance, and their priorities. A total of 158 people participated in this survey.

The most commonly-selected priorities were:

1. Economic development
2. Vibrant downtown
3. Aesthetic enhancement

The visual preference portion of the survey highlighted the desire from the public for lush landscaping, townhomes for young people and retirees, buildings with unique design, more mixed-use shopping/dining/living, and parking with landscaped walkways.

All the public input received so far, along with feedback from the Planning and Zoning Commission, formulated the basis of the draft diagnostic report which will build the framework for the ordinance update.

For more information, or to submit a comment regarding the Zoning Ordinance, please visit the project website at https://clients.freese.com/duncanvillezoning/.

Zoning Ordinance Update: Community Survey


The City of Duncanville is updating its Zoning Ordinance, which affects future developments in the city. The City’s decision-makers utilize this ordinance to implement the Comprehensive Plan and manage growth, development, and revitalization within Duncanville.  Capturing stakeholder input is vital to the research and data gathering phase of the Zoning Ordinance update project.


Please complete the survey by February 10, 2019 to help us better understand issues that are important to you. We appreciate your valuable input!

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Zoning Ordinance Update: Community Open House Feb 6

The City of Duncanville is beginning the process to update the Zoning Ordinance and is seeking stakeholder input at a Community Open House that will kick off the project. During the Community Open House, a presentation will be given to provide an overview of the project scope. Attendees will then participate in interactive activities to provide input on key issues and opportunities affecting the City through the Zoning Ordinance.

Zoning Ordinance Update Community Open House
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center – 206 James Collins Boulevard, Duncanville

The zoning ordinance update project in 2019 has three primary goals:

  • to update and correct outdated regulations
  • address redevelopment and
  • align the ordinance with the vision established in the Comprehensive Plan.

A key achievement with updating the Zoning Ordinance would be removing regulatory barriers to redevelopment. The scope of the project is limited to the Zoning Ordinance and related development regulations. Planning consultants at Freese and Nichols are assisting the City with the Zoning Ordinance project.

Duncanville Zoning Ordinance Update – Project Website

With adoption of the Comprehensive Plan in September 2017, the City of Duncanville provided a framework for future development decisions and set the direction for change.  A primary action for implementing the comprehensive plan is a Zoning Ordinance revision. The City last initiated a major update of the Zoning Ordinance in 1998 and completed it in 2002.

For more information please contact Chasidy Allen Benson, AICP, City Planner at 972-707-3871.

Citizen Input Needed for City’s Comprehensive Plan

The City of Duncanville is hosting a community meeting seeking citizen input about Destination Duncanville, the Comprehensive Plan, on Wednesday, June 21.

Destination Duncanville is the long-term vision for the City targeting growth areas and specific locations for revitalization-focused efforts. Development of this plan is nearing completion and has been underway since August 2016 with a series of Steering Committee meetings, community and stakeholder meetings, an online survey, and Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council workshops. Public input has generated the basis of the plan.

A summary of input received, elements of the draft plan and proposed recommendations and strategies to implement the public’s vision will be reviewed during the community meeting. Citizens will have an opportunity to participate in interactive exercises and discussion facilitated by the consultant, Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Check-in for the meeting begins at 6:30 pm with the meeting starting at 7 pm and will be at the D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center (206 James Collins Boulevard, Duncanville).

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Citizen Input Needed for Downtown Element of the Comprehensive Plan

What: The City of Duncanville will host a Downtown Stakeholders Meeting to seek citizen input on the downtown element of the Comprehensive Plan. The intent is to discuss the existing Downtown District boundary, challenges and opportunities for future development within downtown. The meeting is geared toward property owners and business owners within the Downtown District but is open to the public.

The meeting will be an opportunity for citizens to participate in interactive exercises and discussion facilitated by the consultant, Freese and Nichols, Inc. The goal of the meeting is to walk away with a basis of understanding of what the community deems as important as it relates to downtown Duncanville.
Community participation through events like the Downtown Stakeholders Meeting is vital for the comprehensive plan development process. For more information on the Comprehensive Plan, please visit: www.DestinationDuncanville.com.

When: Wednesday, October 12, 2016; check-in begins at 6:30 p.m., meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Where: D.L. Hopkins Senior Center, 206 James Collins Blvd, Duncanville, TX 75116

The meeting is being hosted in partnership with the consultant Freese and Nichols, Inc., which has offices around the country and throughout the State.