It has taken years for community members to agree on the future of the Preston Center.

In 2015, the Preston Center Advisory Task Force was established to create a plan that could quell conflict between neighbors and developers. On Wednesday, the Dallas City Council unanimously voted to approve the final Northwest Highway and Preston Road Area Plan.

For members of the task force, the meeting marked the end of a contentious two-year project.

“It really represents that for the first time in 40 years the neighborhood groups and commercial property owners and Preston Center have been able to agree on anything,” task force member Pete Kline says.

The final plan serves as a guideline for future area development, he says. But many aspects of the plan, such as some of the suggested road improvements, are dependent upon whether the city and other government entities will provide funding.

“Nothing in there is going to happen overnight,” Kline says. “There’s definitely a commitment on the part of transportation officials to mitigate traffic.”

The task force’s role in future Preston Center plans also is uncertain, but several members are willing to “help with specific things as they come up,” he added.


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