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4 Unwritten Zoning Rules I Heard At City Hall

"U can't just put zoning in place and trust the free market" and 3 other zoning facts of life in big D #p #in

Last Update: 2011-06-30 17:36:19

I visited City hall to check out the lay of the land concerning a small parcel I own that's begging for redevelopment as Mu Storefront within a WMU3 district. It's directly across the street from DART rail station. So close it qualifies for parking reductions. I would build it and I showed concept plans for it.

According to Chapter 13 of the city's code, there is no minimum lot size. Not really. That's because there's the unrecorded rules that I was reminded of.

1. You can't just put zoning in place and trust the free market to bring redevelopment projects over time.

From which it follows that:

2. To get zoning you have to show us the money to build the project so we know it will get done

A corollary to this is

3. [i/we] would think that 8 acres would be a good minimum land size to get our attention and support

And as regards the City taking the lead and orchestrating the public process to bring all the interested parties together and overlay the area with thoughtful, progressive zoning

4. It is commendable out-of-the-box thinking this idea of City leadership, but you have to understand the City can't go outside the box.

Remember number 1 whenever the term free market enters the political conversation.

Examine number 1 and 2 and in light of the failures of the Incap properties, Lake Highlands Town Center and recent re-zoning. If you saw the money, where it go? Where are the projects?

Very useful to remember Number 3 -- bring a big deal or stay home, don't waste your money or time, only big deals need apply.

And Number 4? It's business as usual, baby. Private, money driven zoning. I think the euphemism is "The enlightened self interest of businessmen." Thoughtful, public driven planning that sets the stage for change, not so much or at all.

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