I attended a neighborhood meeting tonight on changing the zoning in Hudson Heights, an East Dallas neighborhood in District 14. The neighborhood is zoned multifamily, even though it’s over 80% single-family homes. Recently, developers have been razing houses and building apartments. Residents requested a zoning change from multi-family to single-family to reflect what is actually on the ground in the neighborhood.
The city planning department presented the neighborhood with a map of the current zoning requirements, as well as a plat map showing the built environment. Residents and non-resident property owners debated the merits of the zoning change.
I strongly believe in neighborhood self-determination, and it was important that so many neighbors turned out to discuss the issue.
UPDATE: The zoning change to single-family passed the Plan Commission by one vote on March 3, 2005. The vote was 8 in favor of the neighborhood, and 7 against. The City Council will now vote on the zoning change.