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Longtime City Hall critic, Jim Schutze, recognizes efforts of lobbying by Masterplan at Dallas City Hall

Jim Schutze, columnist for the Dallas Observor, and an observer of Dallas City Hall since the 1970s recently praised the efforts of Willie and Dallas Cothrum for their efforts regarding gas drilling in the City of Dallas.

The gas drilling issues have been among the most contentious issues in recent years at Dallas City Hall. Schutze writes:

In the screwed-up, implacable, totally amoral haunted house that is City Hall, you’re nuts if you go in there on an important issue without a gladiator in front of you. The Cothrums aren’t the only gladiators.

But let me tell you. If my house ever catches on fire, I’m not calling 911. I’m calling the Cothrums so they can negotiate a truck for me. It’ll get there faster.

“Can I have two trucks?”

“Jim, we can definitely get you one truck, and then let’s step back, take a deep breath and check the lay of the land.”

As a postscript, Masterplan CEO Dallas Cothrum notes, “We remain the only consultants to obtain Specific Use Permits under the gas drilling ordinance.”

The firm also obtained approvals for Dale Energy in Mountain Creek and Chief Oil and Gas at North Lake, though both companies have not yet drilled on those entitled locations.
Masterplan has also previously represented XTO Energy and remains involved with Luminant on pending applications at North Lakeand Trinity East in Northwest Dallas.

Jim Schutze, Dallas Observer
Dallas Cothrum, Masterplan

Masterplan obtains exotic animal permit

In the thirty plus years of Masterplan the firm had never been asked to obtain a rare animal permit for a white buffalo. However, Masterplan’s Santos Martinez successfully obtained the permit allowing the animal to join the existing longhorns and mules at the site.

“It’s always interesting,” Martinez commented, “to be able to do something that the firm has not before. In then end, it’s the same process as getting any permit and making the client happy.”

Over the past five years, permitting and expediting services have been the fastest growing area of service for Masterplan. Staff members, Ed Simons and Raj Sharma, bring more than sixty years of municipal service to permitting projects.

The Dallas Morning News
Santos Martinez, Masterplan

Masterplan rezones Lake Highlands Town Center

Masterplan assisted Prescott Realty with a rezoning effort for the Lake Highlands Town Center.

Using the economic downturn to reposition its asset, Masterplan had the time to fine-tune the zoning to allow for maximum flexibility.

The rezoning allowed for 200,000 square feet of retail, 1,200 residential units, some office space, and a reduction in tree mitigation.

Karl Crawley, President of Masterplan noted, “What makes the project stand out is that Prescott has done a great job creating a sense of place that combines recreational options with an amphitheater in a transit oriented environment. It’s not only good planning: it’s going to be a place to have good fun.”

The Dallas Morning News.
Karl Crawley, Masterplan

Masterplan to rezone ACS campus on North Central Expressway

Masterplan has recently filed a Planned Development District to rezone the Xerox (formerly ACS) campus located on North Central Expressway between Carroll and Haskell.

The property is 26 acres and will provide for a transfer of approximately 16 acres to Trammel Crow Company and will allow for retail zoning.

Xerox will retain 10 plus acres and Masterplan will rezone PD 305, the Cityplace District, to provide for a new use of Data Center and a reduction in parking.

The project also requires abandonment and significant community involvement.

The Dallas Morning News

Masterplan obtains zoning for Dallas’ first and only trail, transit oriented development

Masterplan successfully obtained zoning to allow the development of a transit and trail oriented development adjacent to the DART White Rock Station.

After extensive work with the neighboring Merriman Park/University Meadows Association, the plans were approved for an approximately 300 unit multifamily project

The units will have direct access to not only the White Rock DART Station, but also the White Rock Park trail system and White Rock Lake Park.

The support of the neighbors, Plan Commissioner Gloria Tarpley and Councilmember Sheffie Kadane allowed the process to go smoothly.

Development is scheduled to begin in late 2013.

The Dallas Morning News