Let’s Learn from Bishop Davis Experience
Editorial - Oak Cliff People Newspaper – 11/19/11
Last year’s Bishop Davis zoning initiative saw nearly 300 area acres rezoned to allow for new uses and increased density. As we begin to consider similar zoning for 800 more acres in the Oak Cliff Gateway, it’s practical to visit last year first.
Height- Plans were announced recently to build a 5-story mixed-use building on a vacant tract of land at Davis and Vernon. Across the street are well-kept 1-story homes and duplexes. Last year, there was a residential proximity slope (RPS) of 3:1 in place that ensured any new construction affecting them would be proportional in height. Now, RPS has been removed entirely when cast across an existing street.
Of those turning in ballots to the city for Bishop Davis, a majority of those bordering this tract said no but their voices were drowned out.
Solution: Re-implement a 3:1 RPS for all of Bishop Davis like the rest of us enjoy or at the very least, do so going forward in the Gateway.
No one would want such a disproportionate height directly across from his or her home.
Alcohol - There were 5 sub-areas in Bishop Davis and alcohol related establishments became an approved use in all but 1. Only Winnetka Heights said no. The Kessler Theater was grandfathered.
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