News comes to us that Lincoln Property’s bid for Oak Lawn Committee (OLC) support for their revised plan has failed. You may recall the Lincoln Katy Trail project was essentially told last month by enough Plan Commissioners return to the OLC before returning to the City Plan Commission (CPC). Sources tell me that the OLC vote was five short. This is a backwards slide for the project, which had previously enjoyed the support of the long-standing neighborhood group by a single vote.
What happens next?
So far, Lincoln is due to return to Plan Commission tomorrow to pitch this revised plan. I’m hearing that this is still the plan even without OLC support. It will be very interesting to see how CPC plays this. As I’ve written, it’s been decades since a plan unsupported by the OLC has succeeded in passing CPC – and that plan (for Victory Park) required mayoral intervention – something I don’t see happening here.
Should CPC pass this plan, it severely hurts OLC and disempowers a neighborhood comprising Oak Lawn, Uptown, West Village, and Knox. I can’t believe the city would do this. It would encourage developers to do less for the neighborhood, banking on CPC overturning any OLC denial of support.
Personally, I’d see some poetic justice in CPC denying the application with prejudice as former Council Member and current Lincoln Property representative Angela Hunt did for another zoning case during her time on city council. That project would have been located across the street from Lincoln Katy Trail on a still developer-owned parcel (who is watching this case intently).
As the Dallas Morning News reported at the time:
Dallas City Council member Angela Hunt, who represents the area where Gables is proposing to build, says she’ll ask the council to deny Gables’ zoning request “with prejudice.”
“The overwhelming number of residents who will be affected by this change are opposed, and I am elected to represent them,“ Ms. Hunt said.
“I have not had a case come before me where such a large majority of residents are so vehemently opposed to a zoning change,” Ms. Hunt said. “There’s a reason we have zoning: so residents have some certainty as to what the future of the community will look like. To me, there’s a high level of proof needed to get a zoning change, and this project doesn’t cut it.”
Both Angela Hunt and District 14 Plan Commissioner Paul Ridley were contacted for comment. Hunt did not respond before press time, but Ridley replied, “I have no further information to provide at this time.”
Stay tuned for a recap of tomorrow’s CPC meeting. Will it be a fizzle or fireworks?
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