Davis/Bishop Land Use Study


A discussion on urban design and land use

Davis Street Planning Survey

The Davis Street land use study has been undertaken at the direction of Mayor Pro-tem Garcia and Councilman Neumann to determine areas in and along Davis Street that have the highest potential of being redeveloped over the next 20-30 years and are in need of rezoning.  In some cases, the zoning in this area has not been updated for over fifty years.  The result is that we now have a conglomeration of businesses and building types that do not mesh well together nor enhance the surrounding neighborhoods.  Current uses in these buildings range from restaurants to auto repair shops to warehouses to manufacturing plants.  Some buildings cannot even be put into service for any use whatsoever due to outdated zoning.

In order to address these issues, the councilmembers appointed a steering committee of twelve individuals that represent the abutting neighborhoods and businesses to guide an effort.  To help in this effort Larry Good, one of the most recognized land planners in the region, was hired.  The steering committee determined a set of goals that they wanted to accomplish with the rezoning that include stimulating investment, creating a walkable pedestrian-friendly environment and attracting businesses that are uniquely “Oak Cliff”.  The presentation made by Mr. Good on October 22nd to a crowd of over 220 was the first draft of the plan.  In order to refine this, the steering committee would like your input.

Please complete the survey, and where necessary, provide your detailed thoughts:

Davis Street Planning Survey


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2 Responses

  1. Pecos45 says:

    Again, my main concern is how does this entire thing help me, the homeowner, family guy, and person not in the real estate business.
    Is this whole exercise just to jack up property prices, help the builders, and generate business for them?
    I hear all the “quality of life” buzz, but all I see are Hispanic businesses getting bought out at a lower price, then a big flip for an easy profit when the neighborhood is “renewed.”
    Yes, call me a skeptic as to the motives of this thing.
    But I’m willing to be persuaded.
    (“Urban renewal is often just a code word for minority removal.” William F. Buckley)

  2. Jason says:

    There’s a balance here that needs to be struck. I’m an advocate on both sides, the preservation and conservation of neighborhood, diversity, and community, as well as the fostering of an environment for better transit options, smart density, and more business. Given that our population is due to double in 20 years, and with the current trend of millenials moving away from the suburbs and to urban areas means we have to plan and prepare for growth. I think the, “Urban renewal is often just a code word for minority removal”, may have been the case in 1975 when William Buckley would have said this line, but 35 years later, it’s dated. I’m in my mid-30’s and our family moved here because of the diversity, community, and proximity to downtown. Our gerneration overwhelmingly voted for a minority president. The issue here is not race, but is more in line with the desire to live, work, and play here.

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