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OC Gateway Zoning Recs Head to City; Complete Streets Defeated

The Oak Cliff Gateway Steering Committee convened its final meeting on March 14.  The committee voted to adopt zoning and thoroughfare plan amendments, and it will deliver the recommendations to the City of Dallas in April, along with a request for the City Plan Commission to open a formal public hearing on the proposed changes.  The Complete Street proposals were defeated when Stephen Mansfield, president of Methodist Hospital, led a group of committee members to vote against any proposals that would include lane reductions for on-street parking or bicycle lanes along Beckley Ave. and Colorado Blvd.  The vote was divided between committee members representing neighborhoods and those representing commercial interests.

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2 thoughts on “OC Gateway Zoning Recs Head to City; Complete Streets Defeated

  1. Stephen Mansfield lives in North Dallas. Naturally, he doesn’t want any of the locals messing with his commute times. He’s got a long way to drive each day, people.

    Posted by Mike Dunlap | March 15, 2012, 11:48 AM
  2. Letter from East Kessler Park Neighborhood Association

    To the Oak Cliff Gateway Committee:

    On behalf of the 360 households in East Kessler Park, we believe the importance of complete streets, specifically on Beckley and Colorado, is critical. There are no alternative plan(s) or compromise(s) that will be acceptable to East Kessler Park without the complete street designation. Bike lanes are only a small part of the complete street; the key here is an overarching transportation plan built from the street outwards. The components of a complete street would include:

    [] Well maintained sidewalks that are wide enough for the anticipated uses
    [] Calm traffic, with cars moving at safe speeds
    [] Buffers between people and cars, often in the form of street trees, planter [] strips, a furniture zone, or better yet on-street parking
    [] A lot of places to cross the street, with short crossing distances and
    [] crossings that are properly marked, signed and properly lit
    [] crossing median islands that provide pedestrian refuge.
    [] Full accommodations for people with disabilities, even at driveways
    [] On-street bike lanes or off-street pathways where needed
    [] Trees for shade, beauty and their ecological benefits
    [] Places to sit, both along walkways and at transit stops
    [] Possible mass transit lane(s).

    Although connecting East Kessler Park to the Trinity is one of the many important issues at hand, connecting the neighborhood to existing Lake Cliff Park and Founders Park is equally important and possible today using complete streets. Presently, our neighborhood is cut off from these tremendous but under-utilized resources. Trying to access these locations on foot or by bicycle is a safety nightmare in which one literally takes one’s life into one’s hands. We can do better!!

    The concept of working from the streets outward is a basic concept of complete streets, it is sound urban planning, and it is essential to a vibrant community. Among other things, it creates economic opportunities, safety for its residents, and healthier lifestyles. We are at a crossroads for development in North Oak Cliff. To fail to incorporate complete streets in this development now when the opportunity exists will doom us to the same old thing we have now, which is not working and unacceptable.

    East Kessler Park has been advocating for complete streets, smart code, bike lanes, multi-modal transportation and formed based code for over five years. Our position today should come to no surprise: we too are stakeholders in the community, pay taxes, and vote en masse. The streets abutting East Kessler Park belong to all citizens; they are transportation corridors, not solely automobile routes. Nor are their uses to be dictated by a single entity with a loud voice. We urge the Gateway Committee to incorporate complete streets into their master zoning plan.

    Sincerely,

    ~S~

    Timothy Herfel
    President
    East Kessler Park Neighborhood Association

    cc:
    Mike Rawlings
    Delia Jasso
    Pauline Medrano
    Scott Griggs
    Dwaine Caraway
    Vonciel Hill
    Monica Alonzo
    Carolyn Davis
    Tennell Atkins
    Sheffield Kadane
    Jerry Allen
    Linda Koop
    Sandy Greyson
    Ann Margolin
    Angela Hunt
    Kidd Springs Neighborhood Association
    Lake Cliff Neighborhood Association
    Crispin Lawson
    Philip Leven
    Monte Anderson
    David Lyles
    Brent A Brown
    David Whitley
    Bob Stimson
    Don Raines

    Posted by East Kessler Park Neighborhood Associations | March 15, 2012, 12:00 AM

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