Proposed Engineering Design Manual - Invitation to Participate 

Public Comment Period (January 15 - February 15)

All Comments due February 15, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. CST

Click here to download Draft Manual 

Summary of Proposed Engineering Design Manual 

On September 18, 2017 the City Council authorized Kimley-Horn to assist the Public Works Department in the development of an Engineering Design Manual. The goal of this process was to produce a comprehensive manual for infrastructure design and construction that would enhance the City’s development and capital improvement process by ensuring the requirements are consistent throughout the City and that the design of elements will best serve the long-term needs of the City.

The Department has undertaken this task with the following goals in mind:

  • Provide a user-friendly set of standards to govern infrastructure and land development
  • Increase clarification of existing design and construction policies, standards, and criteria
  • Address design and construction policies not currently covered. Include new standards and materials
  • Improve the function and service life of public infrastructure

Currently, the department has design requirements and guidelines for infrastructure spread out over a variety of places including ordinances, standard details, individual policy documents, checklists, etc. Staff is proposing to update and/or replace the existing documents and ordinances to conform to the Engineering Design Manual. This will aid in the development process by consolidating requirements to one location which will be easier for the developer/designer to reference and to help ensure requirements are consistent throughout by creating one document to house all infrastructure requirements.

The draft manual is divided into eight (8) main sections and seven (7) appendices that will provide comprehensive guidance on designing and constructing infrastructure within the City of Mesquite.

The proposed sections are as follows:

  • Section 1:             General Design Requirements
  • Section 2:             Roadway and Traffic Design Requirements
  • Section 3:             Drainage Design Requirements
  • Section 4:             General Utility Requirements
  • Section 5:             Water Design Requirements
  • Section 6:             Wastewater Design Requirements
  • Section 7:             Structural Design Requirements
  • Section 8:             Landscape and Irrigation Design Requirements

  • Appendix A:        Definitions and Abbreviations
  • Appendix B:        Checklists
  • Appendix C:        Construction General Notes
  • Appendix D:        Standard Details
  • Appendix E:         Approved Material Lists
  • Appendix F:         Miscellaneous Reference Documents
  • Appendix G:        Technical Specifications

Over the next month, we are providing the opportunity to comment on the draft copy of the proposed design manual.  A link to download the draft manual can be found at the top of this page. Due to the number of significant revisions to current requirements, we strongly encourage you to review the draft manual in its entirety.

Please note any and all comments shall be delivered via email to [email protected] no later than 5:00 p.m. February 15, 2019 in order to be considered.

Please make sure you get a confirmation of receipt from the City to ensure your comments were received by the deadline. Comments received will be evaluated and responses are planned to be posted on the website by March 15, 2019. City staff are planning to brief City Council on the proposed Engineering Design Manual at their regular meeting on March 4, 2019 and plan to formally adopt the manual at the April 15, 2019 City Council meeting. The department is concurrently working on proposed revisions to the City Ordinances to match the requirements detailed in the draft manual which will be presented for adoption at the same time as the Engineering Design Manual.

We very much appreciate you being a partner in the development of the City of Mesquite and thank you in advance for your time and effort to review and comment on the draft Engineering Design Manual. Should you have any questions regarding this public comment period or the draft design manual, please email [email protected] or call Christina Hickey at (972) 216-6432.

Thank you for your participation!