League Organizes

Dallas Morning News -- September 8, 1974

By Lyke Thompson

Calling itself the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, a group organized last week to stop urban decay and preserve old neighborhoods in the North Oak Cliff area.

The group will seek rezoning of the neighborhood from townhouse to some other designation to help preserve the homes built in the early 1900s. It will push for code enforcement and fight city plans to make three residential streets into major thoroughfares, said Mrs. Mary Griffith, president of the group.
The group’s main focus will be on the Winnetka Heights addition at first, Mrs. Griffith said. That includes the area within Willomet Avenue , Davis Street, Rosemont Avenue , and Brooklyn Street.
The Conservation League will try to promote a new trend of young couples to buy and renovate old homes in the area, Mrs. Griffith said.
The group has already won one battle, causing a City Council defeat of a Salvation Army request to expand their facility at 1617 W. Jefferson. The Salvation Army plans to build a gymnasium there would jeopardize property values in the neighborhood by eroding the residential character of the land, said Mrs. Griffith.
The group will oppose efforts by the city to make major 1-way streets of Ninth, Tenth and Seventh. “No one would want to live on these streets with traffic whizzing by all the time,” she said.
The group hopes to preserve the historical homes in the Winnetka Heights area by changing townhouse zoning which encourages landowners to hold their property without doing upkeep, while waiting to build new residential buildings.
Mrs. Susan Murphy, head of the city planning department’s urban plans section, said the zoning might be changed to either a planned development district or a community development district. Both designations can be used to help stabilize deterioration in the city’s older neighborhoods. The area may also be eligible for federal funds under the new Housing and Community Development Act, Mrs. Murphy said. Dallas will receive approximately $4.1 million next year of federal funds from that act, which can be used for code enforcement, housing rehabilitation and historical preservation, among other things.

Form Based Zoning

The following letter was sent to the Mayor and City Council to register the League's opinion on Form Based Zoning.

December 2, 2008

The Honorable Mayor Tom Leppert and Dallas City Council
1500 Marilla Dr.
Dallas, Texas 75201

Dear Mayor Leppert and Council,

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League respectfully requests that you follow the unanimous recommendations of the Planning Commission with regards to Form Based Zoning.

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Davis Street Land Use Study Moves Forward

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Davis Street Land Use Study

A public meeting was held at Hitt Auditorium at Methodist Hospital on October 22. Attended by some 200 concerned residents, the meeting was to inform the public about a large scale rezoning effort that is being considered along Davis St. and Bishop Ave. and surrounding areas on either side of those streets. Larry Good, of Good, Fulton and Farrell, was hired to conduct the study with the input of a group of ten local developers and residents from the area. Commercial property owners and developers funded the study.

The large area was divided into seven sub-areas with each of those being treated differently by the plan.

Area 1 is along Bishop from the Bishop Arts District to Methodist Hospital. Front yard setbacks would be honored while four story

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