Valley Ranch was conceived in early 1980, when a group of Canadian builders who had moved to Dallas began buying farmland on the west bank of the Trinity River between the Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport and Stemmons Freeway (35E). At that time, the western extension of LBJ Freeway (1-635) wasn't finished, and most of the area could be reached only by two-lane farm roads. Triland International, Inc. worked with over 10 home builders to complete the 2,400 acre master planned development. Today, Valley Ranch sits along MacArthur Blvd stretching north from I-635 (LBJ) with convenient access to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. 

There are about five (5) miles of intensely landscaped canals in Valley Ranch for the enjoyment of the residents, an amenity unequal in the Metroplex. However, the primary functions of the canals is to act as the main drainage system to store and ultimately convey storm water runoff to the Elm Fork and prevent flooding within Valley Ranch.