I realize all cities come up with these comprehensive plans from time to time, but I admit that I am quite impressed with what Irving has cobbled together here. I believe this is still a draft and hasn't been fully approved yet, but it's great to see the city embracing a more urban oriented future.
The link is here http://cityofirving.org/documentcenter/view/20716
if you are totally bored and need something to read... but, here are some of the goods;
Catalyst Sites: Some of these we already knew of (Texas Stadium, Heritage District), some of them we discussed here (Irving Mall), but two more seeming came out of nowhere (North Lake College, Greenwood Hills & Highlands). Aside from Greenwood Hills and maybe the Heritage District, all of these sites have very urban design and densities with grid layout streets, retail fronting the street, and shared parking garages. Mixed use is a must as these are designed to be self sufficient areas and not necessarily a place where the whole city drives to on occassion. They also work to incorporate connections with neighboring areas as opposed to walled off developments. It's all very encouraging assuming the city is able to pull it off over time. The North Lake College site is quite impressive on it's own.
Neighborhood Centers: There is also a strong push toward neighborhood centers that provide local services for easy access by nearby residents. Centers would be spread throughout the city (primarily enhancing existing retail sites) and be built using complete streets characteristics to encourage access by methods other than just driving.
Housing will increase in density, but with a strong focus on mixed use. I don't see anything in here about garden style apartments that seem to take over the city during the 80's.
It's also interesting that the Verizon site isn't even mentioned in here.