Davis/Bishop Land Use Study


A discussion on urban design and land use

Oversight Committee Meeting | May 29, 2008 | Mendoza’s Notes


David Cooper, Amanda Cross, Art Garcia, Rick Garza, Val Haskell, Jack Keene, Jim Lake, Jr., Michael Mendoza, Paul Maute, Michael Nazerian and Lauren Odell


Bob Stimson, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce


Lawrence Good, Good Fulton & Farrell Architects


  • Thoughts on what a land use study is and what it is not
  • Proposed time line
  • Study area maps
  • Suggested sub districts


Goal Setting/Desired Outcomes…

  1. Pedestrian
  2. Local Retail
  3. Protection of Adjacent Neighborhoods
  4. Maintain Integrity of Adjacent Neighborhoods
  5. Improve Connections to Trinity River Corridor, Jefferson Blvd. and Downtown
  6. Encourage Green Building Methods
  7. Increase Density in Targeted Areas
  8. Encourage Mixed-Used Development
  9. Consideration of appropriate scale
  10. Encourage open and green space
  11. Expand study area up to I-35
  12. Standards for signs
  13. Reduce ratio of Auto Uses
  14. Encourage Street Vitality


  1. What are the population density levels in the study area?
  2. What are the obstacles to development?
  3. Are there any neighborhood initiatives conflicting with desired outcomes?
  4. What are the sources and ideas for funding infrastructure improvements?


  1. Involvement and support from the neighborhoods surrounding the study area
  2. Familiarization with the study area
  3. Ideas and images – aspirations for Davis & Bishop Streets
  4. Next meeting in one month

Filed under: Meeting Notes

2 Responses

  1. b perales garza says:

    hi Michael!
    I was trying to blog…but I am not allowed to open an account with yahoo thru my work email….but I am just curious, is this a continuation of Bishop Arts District? or will it be called something different? also…just curious, will this new plan include East of Bishop arts up to Tejano (with plans to continue to I-35) and west of Bishop Arts (to include Glorias etc) to make this project continuous?
    if yes, this is awesome! if not, it should be included…as part of the master plan.
    thank you for keeping us posted…and if these meetings are open to the public…maybe we can make it to one of them…Brenda

    b perales garza

  2. Lake Cliff says:

    A response to comments from Lake Cliff…

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on the tree ordinance, landscaping, and retail development along Davis.

    Tree Ordinance: Agreed, it could be stronger at protecting older trees. It seems we have a tree mitigation policy vs. a tree preservation policy. This policy translates into action whereby it is acceptable to remove trees so long as the equivalent in caliper inches are planted…somewhere. Also, I think developers have an option of paying into a city-wide tree planting fund. Landscaping will be part of the discussion. I think this topic may fall under the notion of green building methods. We discussed the idea of encouraging green building methods during the meeting on 29 May. In addition, I will ask the group to look at the practice of planting under utility wires. Planting large-growing trees under utility wires serves little long-term purpose. TXU simply chops them up as soon as they begin to give us a little shade. We need to plan for growth – either planting trees that stop growing after 15 ft. or by moving the utility wires. Drought tolerant landscaping and drip irrigation should be encouraged as well.
    You mentioned a method of encouraging front-yard nature areas. I am interested in learning more about his designation. Is it anything like getting certified as an organic farmer?

    Legislating good development behavior is a contentious practice and the result of doing so may not serve either side very well. Offering development incentives (i.e. reduced parking and building line set-backs) is another method of accomplishing preferred results. One objective for the study is to identify development obstacles. In exchange for reducing these obstacles for the developer, the neighborhood gets something better.

    Retail Development: Our society (local and nationally) appears preoccupied with creating more retail areas. I am pleased that the trend in Oak Cliff has favored retail which is locally owned and operated. The scale and purpose of these businesses are more appealing to my views on community. Agreed, a local grocer is missing from our mix. I recall several instances when I have missed the convenience of La Familia. It is likely we will get a replacement in a matter of short time. I recently read a story about Safeway, Wal-Mart and others in the process of testing small scale grocery models in the range of 10,000-14,100 Sq.Ft.

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