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Update: Late Hours Overlay

Good news for opponents of the proposed late hours overlay – the Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee (ZOAC) recently voted unanimously to send the overlay forward with “no recommendation.” The proposal now heads to the City Plan Commission, the Quality of Life Committee, and the City Council. At each stage, the overlay can be passed on with the ZOAC “no recommendation” label, or potentially revived.

To get the inside scoop, we talked to Wes Hoblit, who works at our sister company, LaBarba Permit Service. He’s been following this proposal closely and testified personally at the meeting.

Wes Hoblit testifies before ZOAC regarding the late hours overlay.

Masterplan: So what’s the crux of the argument against this proposal?

Wes Hoblit: The focus has really been on asking “why is this necessary for a vibrant area to which people are moving SPECIFICALLY for the nightlife?” There was never a true reason that this needed to take place – it was discriminatory, placed undue burden on business owners, and seemed to target an area that didn’t need it.

MP: What were the supporters saying?

WH: One phrase that kept coming up was “it’s just another tool in the toolbox” that neighborhoods could use. However, it’s clear that the toolbox is already full of perfectly good tools (noise ordinance, Resident Only Parking (RPO), TABC complaints, etc.) and adding a procedure that could and likely would be abused by neighbors just isn’t fair to business owners.

MP: Does working in the liquor licensing industry impact how you see this proposal?

WH: Of course. In my testimony, I talked about how difficult it is to obtain a TABC license and to run a profitable business without adding these sorts of additional challenges and costs. I truly agree with the quote I shared, stating it should be just as hard to close a restaurant as it is to open one.

MP: What were some other highlights of the public testimony?

WH: Willie Cothrum (Masterplan’s founder) made a great case against the overlay by detailing how difficult, expensive, and political SUP cases can become [if the overlay passed, an SUP would be required to get around the restrictions].  He talked about how a business can go through the 8-10 month process and STILL be denied, without having a chance to prove themselves. Neighborhoods can essentially band together and stop any business from going in for whatever reason, vindictive of a bad owner or otherwise.

Masterplan founder Willie Cothrum speaks against the late hours overlay.

MP: So how did the committee respond to all of this?

WH: ZOAC member Chad Benedict asked a lot of good questions about why this was necessary and laid out why he thought the proposal didn’t make sense. Supporters had tried to make a point about crime rates going down, but the committee essentially threw that out because of the lack of clear correlation. ZOAC Vice-Chair Margot Murphy also kept asking why and trying to determine the true reasoning behind this proposal from staff. And then they voted unanimously not to recommend the proposal, which was a real win for all the very vocal opponents of this measure!

MP: Thanks for taking the time to give us the insider perspective!

WH: My pleasure.

So now you’re up to speed on the overlay – but be sure to keep your eyes on this space for more updates on proposals that affect our community!

Masterplan Project Update: Costco

Very exciting, long-awaited news – the newest Costco opens today at Churchill Way and Coit Road!

Although there are already 10 stores in the North Texas area, this will be the first within the city limits, and we all know how Dallasites feel about having to drive to Plano…

The 148,000 SF warehouse-style building has fuel pumps, a pharmacy, bakery, deli, optical, and more. The project notably received $3 million in economic incentives from the city.

Masterplan’s work was instrumental to the site’s success. According to Dallas City Council Member Lee Kleinman, “Masterplan crafted a PD [Planned Development] that accounted for the needs of the surrounding residential community while allowing Costco to thrive. The collaborative process resulted in a win for the neighborhood, the City, and the client.”

Congratulations to everyone involved for their hard work on this case!

Masterplan President Karl Crawley with Costco CEO Craig Jelinek at the Dallas store opening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: Dallas Morning News 1, 2.

Past Projects in the News: Sherwood Forest

According to Steve Brown in the Dallas Morning News, a large rental apartment community is planned for a site Masterplan previously consulted on near Love Field.

Masterplan CEO Dallas Cothrum obtained a Planned Development District change of zoning for what was once called Sherwood Forest. The original client, ZOM, failed to close on the project.

“I’m glad to see someone using the zoning we obtained,” Cothrum said. “Looking back on it, this project failing turned out to be a harbinger of the Great Recession. At the time, I just thought it was a real estate setback, but it turned out to be much more.”

The end of the Wright Amendment in late 2014 opened up Love Field, and business in the area has subsequently been booming again! We’ll be interested to see what other projects get resurrected…

Past Project Highlights: The Union

The Union, from RED Development, was a particularly tricky case Masterplan took on several years ago. We improved the potential of the site by managing the complicated case for a planned development subdistrict.

This major mixed-use project is set to anchor the area by bringing in a Tom Thumb grocery store. Streetlights Residential is adding multi-family housing to the project, and there will also be office space designed for entire floor users.

It’s been amazing to watch this building take shape and land great tenants over the past year or so – we can’t wait to see it finished!

Masterplan Case Memo: Dream Hotel

Dallas City Council approved a change of zoning to allow for construction of a Dream Hotel along McKinney Avenue. This new luxury hotel will have two restaurants and an entertainment bar/lounge. It will primarily cater to business and destination travelers. The Oak Lawn Committee approved the project and its increase in floor area because parking was placed underground. Numerous meetings were held with neighbors throughout the process, and the project has seen a growing level of community support!

Do you have a development that has to make it past the Oak Lawn Committee? We’ve got a great track record working with them, so bring us on board today!

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