Transwestern Flier Irks Some Nearby Residents With Rezoning Claims

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A resident within Preston Hollow East Homeowners Association received a flier from Transwestern and Dodd Communications and sent it our way. Some homeowners are saying that the flier is misleading, claiming that the rezoning was already in the bag:

SOMEONE THOUGHT THAT SARAH DODD’S BROCHURE INDICATED THAT THE REZONING WAS ALREADY DONE, AND AS I RE-READ, I COULD SEE THAT THE WORDING WAS MEANT TO MISLEAD AND TO DISPIRIT US. ON THE BACK PAGE, FIRST PARAGRAPH, SARAH STATES,”ANY ZONING CHANGES WE REQUEST WILL BE FOR A SMALL INCREASE IN DENSITY…” THAT IS TRULY UNDERSTATING THE MAGNITUDE OF GOING FROM 55 TO 600 RESIDENTS ON THOSE THREE ACRES.

Here’s what the brochure says on the back page:

Do you need a zoning change to redevelop this property?
No, the property is already zoned for apartment development and decades old apartment homes and townhomes currently sit on the property. Any zoning changes we request will be for a small increase in density to allow us to include more amenities in this project like underground parking and extensive landscaping.

As we’ve previously reported yes, the property planned for redevelopment does require rezoning to accommodate the 225-ish units they are proposing BUT the area is already zoned for approximately 120 apartments:

… the property’s current zoning allows for just 130 units. Right now there are 24 apartments and 12 condos on the site of the proposed development. So the re-zoning proposal would still add more than six times the existing units. That could mean a lot more traffic in the area, something to which neighbors are vigorously opposed.

The flier is accurate in claiming that under current zoning restrictions, the developer could build a larger complex than what currently exists, but in order to build their proposed development, they do need to re-zone the parcel. You can read the whole flier below:

Transwestern Flier Sent to Preston Hollow East Homeowners

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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