Dallas Zoning

PD-15: City Staff Overrules Plan Commission To Rewrite The Rewrite

By Jon Anderson / August 7, 2019 / 2 Comments

Will the city stop playing politics and do what’s right to help the Pink Wall’s PD-15 get the update it deserves?  Beginning in April 2018, city staff ran the Authorized Hearing process working with the Pink Wall’s PD-15 committee. The Authorized Hearing process, whereby the city oversees a community response to zoning changes, was kicked […]

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Losing Amazon HQ2 Gave Dallas Time To Figure Out Zoning Policy

By Jon Anderson / July 23, 2019 / 1 Comment

One of life’s joys is the “I told you so,” because it is so often precluded by a period of scorn and disbelief. Last week I had a bumper crop, but let’s talk about Amazon’s HQ2. You remember that? The corporate welfare pageant where municipalities fell over themselves, checkbooks flailing in the breeze, trying to […]

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Dallas Needs Zoning Rewrite To Send Warning Of Today’s Reality

By Jon Anderson / March 1, 2019 / 4 Comments

[Editor’s note: Jon Anderson is a columnist for CandysDirt.com. His opinions are his own.] The actions and words of many city plan commissioners and city council members should be a warning to all who live in multi-family areas – discrete zoning designations don’t matter. Personal investments made in part because of existing zoning don’t matter. You […]

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The World (of Zoning) According to Jon

By Jon Anderson / October 30, 2017 / 10 Comments

I write a bit about development projects that include zoning changes of some sort.  This is mostly because those that don’t require a zoning change just file their plans and they’re off.  There is no public discussion, except after, when we see the usual awfulness that we’re all left to look at. Some, even CandysDirt.com’s […]

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City Zoning: Know How High Before You Buy

By Jon Anderson / October 17, 2017 / 5 Comments

As the City of Dallas grows, it will grow up and become more dense.  Neighborhoods that were thought to be fully developed aren’t. Streetscapes and views, unchanged for decades, are changing. And honestly, it’s a good thing overall. The only way to grow and leave everything alone is to continue to build out into the […]

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Is the Preston Center Task Force Building Consensus on Faulty Foundation?

By Jon Anderson / March 31, 2016 / 0 Comments

Last night’s Preston Center Task Force meeting laid bare their purpose — development.  It’s funny how way back when, this body was begun to study traffic and parking in the Preston Center area and yet, as we’ll see, these critical concerns from neighbors have been kinda pushed into the back seat by development. Back in […]

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