Tonight the board of the Greenland Hills Neighborhood Association bid bon voyage to two of our leaders, Lynn and Bob Parker, who are moving to North Carolina. Lynn and Bob have worked so hard to improve our neighborhood, from organizing neighborhood events to handing out our newsletter to getting our old-fashioned lampposts repainted.
Lynn was instrumental in restarting our neighborhood association several years ago, and then shepherded it through its first years. I had the privilege of serving on the GHNA board with Lynn, and I can tell you first-hand that our neighborhood will miss a terrific, energetic, and dependable leader.
Good luck in North Carolina!
Tonight’s Comprehensive Plan meeting focused on residential teardowns. The meeting was standing room only, and another room had to be opened for the overflow crowd.
The meeting, unfortunately, was a disappointment. It became apparent early in the meeting that the teardown issue cannot be addressed in the same way that other comprehensive plan issues have been addressed, and city staff did not present alternatives to the current tools of conservation districts. Sensing the room’s frustration, the city is scheduling another meeting to address resident concerns specific to teardowns.
Tonight’s Comp Plan workshop focused on transit-oriented development around DART stations in general, and specifically the Westmoreland light rail station in southwest Dallas. The consensus from workshop participants was to create residential, retail, and commercial development around the station. This would encourage the use of public transportation, lessen our dependence on cars, reduce pollution, and alleviate traffic congestion. Mockingbird Station, located in District 14, is a great model for this type of development.