Letter to Council Requested by Oak Cliff Chamber RE: Fee Increase in Historic and Conservation Districts and Development Fees
In an interview with the Dallas Observer on 8/25/10, Director of Sustainable Development and Construction, Theresa O'Donnel said that a proposal to raise fees on developers and work done in historic and conservation districts had been shelved until next year. Apparently that is not true.
In a telephone conversation with Oak Cliff Chamber President Bob Stimson on 9/5/10, we learned that the fees represented real money in the preliminary budget to be presented to the Dallas City Council this Wednesday, 9/3/10. The proposal is moving forward. The development community and the historic preservation community are asking that this be reexamined next year rather than implemented this year. All historic and conservation districts in the League have been asked to write letters including those in the working stages. All are listed below.
Winnetka Heights Historic District
Lake Cliff Historic District
North Bishop Ave Historic District
Bishop Arts Conservation District
Kings Hwy Conservation District
North Cliff Conservation District
Kessler Neighbors United Conservation District
L.O. Daniel Conservation District (working)
Stevens Park Estates Conservation District (working)
OOCCL To Attend National Historic Trust Conference
The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League has voted to send League President Michael Amonett to this year's National Historic Preservation Conference. This year's conference will be in Austin so it is a good opportunity for the League to attend and see how such a conference might add to our role as advocates for preservation.
From the Trust's website:
This year’s conference theme -- Next American City, Next American Landscape -- looks to the future of preservation. Attendees will explore how preservation supports and revitalizes vibrant cities, maintains and restores our traditional landscapes, and leads the charge on true sustainability.
On one level we’ll focus on the conventional and controversial issues that arise in urban or rural settings across the United States; on another, we’ll examine all types of landscapes, be they cultural, intellectual, sustainable, tangible, or intangible. Our goal: to encourage conversation and interaction while spotlighting 21st century preservation imperatives.
It sounds as if it were written with Oak Cliff in mind.