For decades, Allen residents have wondered what the future holds for Allen's downtown. Thanks to significant work by a citizen-led committee, substantial input from residents across Allen and assistance from City staff, downtown Allen is now poised for new possibilities which embrace its historic roots while planning for a vibrant future.
Development/zoning changes approved, new citizen board created
Jan. 10, 2023 - Allen City Council approved several changes to the Allen Land Development Code during its Jan. 10 meeting. Watch the presentation to City Council. These changes reclassify the “Central Business District” as the “Downtown District.” More than a simple name change, this new rezoning defines what purpose each section of Downtown Allen will serve and sets the stage for the long-awaited revitalization of the area. These formal standards will help align future development with the community’s vision for Downtown Allen.
Councilmembers also approved the creation of a new Downtown Design Review Board, which will oversee modifications to areas of the Downtown District, designate culturally significant structures and advise long-term planning activities.
Downtown Steering Committee
Allen’s Downtown Steering Committee, led by resident volunteers, was formed in June 2021 to develop a vision to revitalize downtown.
The group completed its work in July 2022 and presented a vision and work plan to City Council. The Downtown Allen Revitalization Plan is the result of nearly a year of community input through workshops, events, surveys and meetings. It provides a vision, goals and an implementation plan to revitalize Allen’s downtown and turn it into the vibrant heart of the city.
In November 2022, the Texas Downtown Association recognized the City of Allen for its unique approach to downtown revitalization, naming the Downtown Allen Steering Committee as a finalist for its 2022 Resiliency Award.