Friday, November 11, 2005

Council passes ordinance 11-4!

Yes, we have seen substantive progress in Dallas - the Neighborhood Stabilization Overlay was passed Wednesday night, November 9th, with a vote of 11-4. Though the tool certainly contains many compromises, that is quite simply the nature of any negotiation.

At the very least it is a way for neighborhoods to control some of the most extreme cases of overbuilding, while still protecting their own property rights. And it represents the fact that the residents (and not just the developers) should have a voice in the future direction of our neighborhoods.

THANK YOU to everyone who has supported this cause with your letters, conversations, actions and good thoughts. Thanks to the City Council for coming together and working out this issue. OK, you can feel good about it now. But this isn't over yet.

There is still some "refinement" that needs to happen to how this new law is actually put in practice, with a meeting on that December 9th. And, once the tool is in place, how successful will neighborhoods that want an overlay be in actually getting it passed?

Stay vigilant, and stay involved! Because make no mistake, there are still plenty of ways speculative developers can roll back our protective measures - both locally and at a state level.

Look here and on our sister site, for more information as we start to see how this new tool will play out for real.

Read the article in Dallas Morning News (which seems to quote all the opposing views, but that's fine with me).



At 1/14/2006 4:48 PM, Blogger Jathlic said...

I live in a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom house on Kenwood with my expectant wife and 2 year old daughter. I'm looking to "upgrade" my current living status, which I can now afford to do because of my new promotion.

Are you guys aware how much cheaper it is to tear down and rebuild a 2 bed 2 bath house in Lakewood rather than remodel it? I'll sell my soul before I ever live in Plano, etc. I want my kids to go to Woodrow.

Let me ask you this, what would you suggest? What would be your guidelines for creating a new 4000+ sq ft house in Lakewood?


At 1/31/2006 12:43 PM, Blogger jason said...

First of all, how big is the lot in relation to the house you propose? And would your proposed house significantly overshadow neighboring houses/yards or present them with a giant brick wall?

Second, there are some good examples around here of larger houses that tastefully carry their size, using similar architectural styles in front, landscaping and placement of the second story in ways that do not look like a castle plopped down on the street. For instance a good one is on Sperry/Southridge corner, nicely done.

Third, do you really need 4000+ feet to upgrade your lifestyle, or do you simply need a better place to live? You can have more space, but also have better design of the space to encourage a stronger shared living concept for your growing family. Many new houses follow the cavernous approach and end up creating a sense of isolation for a family in practice.

In the end, you still plan on living in the same neighborhood (with the same neighbors), and you feel a new house would improve that experience, which is perfectly fine. Would you be diminishing quality of life for those around you? It's just a matter of being considerate and shouldn't have required an ordinance -- but the overzealous practices of a few speculative builders made it a necessity.

By the considerate tone of your comment I have a feeling you would do the right thing.


At 2/14/2006 12:46 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Which home at the corner or Southridge & Sperry were you commenting positively towards? I drove past and all the homes on this corner appear to be original. Also, do you know who the builder or architect was for the project? I definitely want to own a home that fits in with the neighborhood.

At 3/07/2006 12:22 PM, Blogger Lakewood Native said...

I noticed that they are tearing down and rebuilding at a rapid pace and realized that there is not sufficient time in between for this so called stabilization overlay process to have been put into action. Today (March 7, 2006)I called the Dallas building inspection office to get specifics and they said that they have not been given anything at all about the overlay and they don't understand even the basic concepts. This is a toothless piece of legislation. By the time anyone gets the City to do anything, there won't be an original house left in East Dallas.

At 3/07/2006 12:28 PM, Blogger Lakewood Native said...

My parents and I and my five brothers and sisters lived for many years in a normal sized 2 story house at 6908 Lakeshore Drive. We did fine without 4,000 sq. feet.


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