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ALERT City Council Meeting for Methodist Zoning Request has been rescheduled to February 13
The City Council Meeting to vote on Methodist’s requested rezoning of the land along Greenbriar has been rescheduled to February 13. This is a delay of one month – January 9 to February 13. Please mark your calendars to attend this important meeting. Details on time and location will be communicated when they are confirmed.
Much of the feedback from the neighborhood is in support of a Methodist wellness center in an alternate location. Multiple alternative locations have been proposed to Methodist that best support land use objectives for a greener, more sustainable neighborhood.
Why is the wellness center supported in an alternative location?
To answer that you must consider ‘what is an appropriate land use’ for the Pecan Grove. There are two key things that help determine the appropriate land use and they are (1) history of the site and (2) current zoning trends for the surrounding area.
PURPOSE (b) This article is intended to create walkable urban neighborhoods where higher density mixed uses and mixed housing-types promote less dependence on the automobile. (c) These areas are intended to transition successfully to existing neighborhoods through the judicious mapping of permitted districts.
The Oak Cliff Gateway rezoning considered the following trends:
Consequently, the Wellness Center building site proposal is:
Supporting this when it is not in keeping with what our neighborhood has advocated for over the course of 15 years via OC Gateway Rezoning and numerous other initiatives.
What can you do between now and February 13?
Send a letter to Mayor Rawlings and Dallas City Council Members expressing your opinion on the zoning modification request coming before City Council in February. Feel free to use the bullets above. Letters can be sent to either Mayor Mike Rawlings or Councilman Scott Griggs at:
Mayor Mike Rawlings
1500 Marilla St
Dallas, TX 75201
1500 Marilla St
Dallas, TX 75201
Methodist has asked all of their employees to submit a letter to Mayor Rawlings in support of the zoning request to build the Folsom Wellness Center in the proposed location disrupting the current greenspace.
Finally, if you live within 200 ft. or 500 ft. of the property and have already completed and notarized your form in opposition or support, there is NO need to re-submit your forms. You have likely received another blue form as a result of the council meeting postponement, and you do NOT need to reply. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Pat Melly, EKPNA Community Affairs Chair, at 214-883-2929.
What can you do on February 13?
Show up for the council meeting so that the Mayor and Council know that this issue is important to the neighborhood. The community affairs committee will work with the neighbors to ensure that all talking points are covered in the allotted time. If you have a specific point that you want included, please share that with Pat Melly. If you attended the Planning Commission meeting, the allotted time is handled differently at the council meeting.
Holiday Light Winner
The holiday light displays in the neighborhood were fantastic! The festive cheer and beautifully lit displays were a welcome beacon during the holiday season. This year’s holiday light competition winners are:
Josh & Lynsey Skoch
1616 Rio Vista Dr
1420 Kessler Parkway
1522 Cedar Hill
1536 Oak Knoll
Martha and Jim King
1307 Eastus Dr.
Congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to the next holiday season!
Happy New Year from the EKPNA Board
The EKPNA Board wishes you and yours a very happy New Year! We have a lot of exciting things planned in 2019 – new neighbor meet and greet, neighborhood beautification, curb painting and community activities. We will be asking for your ideas and input. If you would like to volunteer for any of these activities, please feel free to contact any of our board members. We look forward to talking to all of our neighbors in 2019.
President – Rob Castro
Vice President – Karen Gough
Secretary – Ahbie Morris
Treasurer – Lisa Bailey
Beautification – Rene Gracia
Communications – Tyler Childs
Community Affairs – Pat Melly
Safety – Hope White
Heritage Oak Cliff Rep – Steve Springfield