Maybe you thought we were finished. After a few years attending neighborhood meetings, participating in envisioning exercises and deliberating with the City Planning Commission, it was December 2009, when many of us watched the Dallas City Council approve a comprehensive land use plan for the Oak Cliff Gateway. The next step involves preparing an ordinance to transform the vision into land-use rules we fondly refer to as zoning.
Why do we need zoning? This may be a debate for another day. The fact is, in the City of Dallas, foundations don’t get poured without the guidance of zoning. The Oak Cliff Gateway is one of the few districts in the City of Dallas likely to undergo significant change and land use transitions as a result of the resurgence of urban lifestyles and the various components of the Trinity River Project.
At the moment, the hours of work Oak Cliff residents invested into developing the plan are suspended. It has been nearly two years since the Oak Cliff Gateway plan was approved. City budget and staffing constraints could result in waiting a few more years before the plan is animated with a zoning ordinance. But matching the zoning with the comprehensive plan will clarify and refine our land use intentions, address our safety concerns and identify our opportunities. Why wait?
We don’t need wait. Council Member Jasso and former Member Neumann, appointed an advisory committee of stakeholders to assemble final zoning recommendations and forward them to the City for adoption as an ordinance. If this model sounds familiar “Think Davis.” The recently adopted Bishop/Davis Land Use Plan and Ordinance was completed in similar fashion.
Volunteer committee: Don Maison, Christian Chernock, John Barr, Amanda Cross, Jim Cullar, Linda Holt, Jim House, Robert P. Garza, Augustine “Tino” Jalomo, Dan Eddy, Michael A. Mendoza, Jon Roy Reid, Pete Schenkel | Supporting Participants: Bob Stimson and City Plan Commissioners Richard Davis and Mike Anglin | Consultant: Larry Good, GFF Architects
[The Oak Cliff Gateway Advisory Committee completed its work in June 2012 and the committee is inactive at this time. This blog continues as a resource for members of the community involved in continuing the work of rezoning the Oak Cliff Gateway.]