NEIGHBORHOOD ALERT – A CHANGE IN THE ZONING THAT WILL AFFECT YOU!
Rosewood Property Company, the owner of the 150 acre property east of Custer, south of Plano Parkway, north of the President George Bush Turnpike and west of Alma has filed a request to rezone the Property from the current zoning which allows office with limited retail and no residential to Urban Mixed Use which allows office, residential (up to 2070 apartments), restaurants and retail, in the fashion of the Shops at Legacy. The plans are posted on the Dallas North Estates Homeowners’ website, dnehoa.org.
This will impact our neighborhood.
A meeting with the Rosewood Property Company representatives is scheduled for September 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1801 Plano Parkway. It will be in the Administration building next to the main sanctuary.
The proposal will be heard at a public hearing by the Plano Planning and Zoning Commission on October 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1520 Avenue K, Plano Texas. This date was revised from September 15, 2014.
The notice that the City sends to land owners within 200 feet of the zoning change containing information about the requested zoning change including a map of the area and a reply form is posted on the website, dnehoa.org. You may send in the form either in support or opposition to the development. Please take the time to look at the zoning proposal on the website.
The Board of the Dallas North Estates Homeowners’ Association looks forward to seeing you on September 11, 2014. If you have any questions please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know a lot of you are new to the neighborhood and may not be aware of the Dallas North Estates Homeowners’ Association. So here is a short history:
The Dallas North Estates Homeowners’ Association is a voluntary homeowners’ association, which encompasses the homes between Independence and Alma, south of 15th Street and north of Plano Parkway, but does not include the Pitman Creek area as they have their own homeowners’ association. There are over 1000 homes in this area. The Dallas North Homeowners’ Association was formed in 1985 when in anticipation of the construction of the President George Bush Turnpike the property owners of the property from Coit east to Alma and from Plano Parkway south to where the President George Bush Turnpike was planned submitted zoning proposals to the City of Plano.
After two years of negotiations among the neighborhood, the City of Plano and the property owners the current zoning was adopted. The agreed upon zoning allowed office with limited retail (except for the northeast corner of Independence and Plano Parkway) and no residential. The northeast corner could build freestanding retail, but the hours were limited so that 24 hour operation was not allowed. This is where the Racetrac is and why it is not open 24 hours.
After the zoning was adopted there was a downturn in the economy and nothing was built along Plano Parkway. In September 1995, a proposal to change the zoning to build apartments at the northwest Corner of Plano Parkway and Custer was submitted to the City of Plano. THE DALLAS NORTH HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION SPEARHEADED THE OPPOSITION TO THIS CHANGE IN ZONING AND THE CITY OF PLANO DENIED THE REQUEST. Eventually as allowed by the current zoning, office buildings were built there as well as the IILM Center.
In October 1995 a developer wanted to put an ice rink on the north side of Plano Parkway 1500 feet west of Alma. This is the land east of what is now the Focus on the Future facility. Once again the neighborhood opposed the development and the rezoning was denied by the City of Plano. The ice rink was built west of Coit on the south side of Plano Parkway, the Dr. Pepper StarCenter.
In November 2006 a developer wanted to put town homes on the same tract next to the Focus on the Future facility. The proposal was not presented to the City of Plano due to the opposition of the neighborhood.
In 1997 a developer wanted to put a retail strip center on the southwest corner of Custer and Plano Parkway, the empty tract next to the Dell campus. Once again the neighborhood opposed the change in the zoning and the request was denied by the City of Plano.
These projects were opposed because when the zoning was originally granted it was negotiated for office with limited retail and no residential.
So you may be asking how were Messiah Lutheran Church and IILM Center allowed?
As religious institutions they are allowed on property that is zoned for office. The Hope Center is an office building and complied with the zoning.