Glenn Heights is a pleasant residential community that enjoys a low cost of living and is just minutes from Dallas. The City is ideal for those who want the quiet life with the convenience of having access to the amenities of nearby metropolitan areas.
General City Information
Glenn Heights is a Home Rule City with a "Council-Manager" form of government.
Public safety is a serious concern for the city. Glenn Heights is proud of its full-time, professional Police Department. The Department staff includes a chief, detectives, local 911 operations/dispatch, and several full-time and reserve officers. The crime rate is low and the city leaders supported by the Police Department are committed to maintaining that standard.
The mission of the Glenn Heights Fire Department is to preserve life and promote health and safety through excellent pre-hospital treatment and transportation, fire prevention, fire suppression and rescue activities. These services are provided by a well-trained, professional department who maintain full-time operations 24/7/365. Volunteer firefighters are also available to support the Department. To ensure a robust response for all-hazards, the Fire Department and the departments form neighboring jurisdictions maintain mutual aid agreements.
Water provided through the municipal system is generally comprised of surface water from Dallas but is supplemented by treated local well water when necessary. Waste water is carried to the Regional Red Oak Creek Sewage Treatment Plant operated by the Trinity River Authority. This facility allows a balanced growth in home and business construction without the risk of damaging the environment through excessive septic system use. In fact, during the construction of the facility, major trunk lines were built in the region so that "Environmentally Friendly" developers throughout the Southern Watershed could have affordable access.
Glenn Heights is the only southern suburb of Dallas along the I-35E Corridor that participates in Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). DART operates a "Park and Ride" facility just off of I35E on Bear Creek and operates early morning and late evening routes in the northern portion of the city. This service, partially funded by sales tax, enables Glenn Heights residents with the opportunity enjoy the advantages of regional transportation.
For outdoorsmen, Glenn Heights is minutes away from Lake Joe Poole. To the south is Lake Waxahachie, Lake Whitney, and Bardwell. Each of these locations provide camping, fishing, hunting and water sport activities. The world famous "Dallas HI-HO Campground" is located in Glenn Heights. This overnight camping park is located in the 200 block of Bear Creek Road just West of Hampton Road. This facility brings guests to the city from all over the world and provides overnight and seasonal spaces.
The area is referred to as "Southern Country" and offers quail, dove, duck, rabbit, and squirrel hunting opportunities that are available upon clearing the city limits and gaining land owner permission.
Additional regional information can be obtained from the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and the Best Southwest Chamber of Commerce.
The northern, Dallas County portion of the City of Glenn Heights lies in the DeSoto Independent School District. Moates Elementary School and Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School serve families in Glenn Heights as well as those in parts of Southern DeSoto and Lancaster. The junior high and high school are within minutes of the city and bus service is provided. DeSoto ISD is a 6A school district with all the advantages of being one of the largest school districts in the state.
The southern, Ellis County portion of the city lies in the Red Oak Independent School District. Donald T. Shields Elementary School and Russell P. Schupmann Elementary School are located in Glenn Heights and serve the city as well as the cities of Ovilla, Oak Leaf, Red Oak and the unincorporated areas of Northern Ellis County. The middle school, junior high, and high school are all located in Red Oak. As with DeSoto, bus service is provided. Red Oak ISD is a 5A school with the advantages of being a mid-sized school district in a more rural environment.
Several private and charter school alternatives are available in and around the city including The Canterbury School. Childcare providers are also abundant.
There are several organized churches are located in Glenn Heights. Since Glenn Heights is part of the metroplex, congregations of every faith are only minutes away. Visit this link for the list of places of worship.
The DART Bus System
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) transports its customers throughout the Metroplex - Dallas and 12 suburban cities - with a wide range of public transit services and customer facilities tailored to make travel fast, comfortable, and economical. In addition to new light rail and commuter rail services, a modern fleet of nearly 1,000 buses and vans create a network across a 700-square-mile service area. The service moves approximately 200,000 passengers to work, school, shopping and entertainment destinations every day. DART provides lift-equipped van service for mobility-impaired customers, plus special rideshare and transportation management programs for busy commuters and large employers.
Calendar of Events
The City Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held at City Hall, 1938 South Hampton Road, Glenn Heights, beginning at 7:00 P.M. When Special Meetings are called or changes to times or Agendas are needed, all notices will be posted at the City's Official Posting Board which is located on the North Exterior Wall of City Hall and on the City's website.
The Planning & Zoning Commission meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of Each month. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at 1938 South Hampton Road beginning at 7:30 P.M.
The Parks & Recreation Board meets the 4th Thursday of each month. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at 1938 South Hampton Road beginning at 7:15 P.M.