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Local Issues: Late Hours Overlay

The battle over a proposed late night overlay that would particularly affect the Uptown bar and restaurant scene continues to heat up. It’s been raging since last year, when hospitality industry players first got wind of the potential change in zoning regulation (the new overlay would mimic the conditions set in place over Lower Greenville back in 2011).

Overlay? What are you talking about?

A committee of the Dallas City Plan Commission called the Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee (ZOAC) is considering a city-wide change to the Dallas Development Code that would require restaurants, retailers, bars, and clubs to have a Special Use Permit (SUP) to remain open after midnight.


Basically, the neighbors of bars (particularly in Uptown) have been complaining about patron behavior. The City is trying to show that those concerns have been heard. The measure they’re considering, however, would create more hoops for late-night businesses to jump through and potentially have a significant impact on their bottom lines.

So what are people saying?

Well, a large audience of people opposed to the change were present at a recent public meeting. Wes Hoblit, a client services specialist at our sister company, LaBarba Permit Service, was in attendance. As both a member of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association and someone who works closely with lots of local bar owners, he noted that “there’s been a huge turnout that opposes this every time. Likewise, there doesn’t seem to be any real support for it.”

Save The Patio, a coalition of individuals and groups concerned by the measure, also hosted a meeting this week discussing what they referred to as a “midnight curfew.”

Have your own take on the matter?

Come share it at the next public ZOAC meeting – April 27 at 9 a.m., City Hall!

Watch this space for more updates on the controversial overlay…it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

SOURCE: Dallas Observer.

Masterplan Project Update: First Industrial Distribution Center

Masterplan recently gained City Council approval for a change of zoning for the Mountain Creek Planned Development District. The change of zoning will allow First Industrial to develop a new distribution center with over 1 million SF of space.

According to Masterplan consultant Santos Martinez, “the zoning change provides more buffer for the neighbors.” The Mountain Creek area has already been extremely successful, but this port will be the first facility built south of I-20. It’s set to be completed in the 2nd Quarter of 2018.

SOURCE: First Industrial.

Masterplan Project Update: Uptown Marriott

The Dallas City Plan Commission (CPC) recently approved zoning for a new Marriott Hotel in Uptown. Masterplan’s client, Alamo Manhattan, is the developer of the proposed 13-story hotel with penthouse office space. The hotel will include entirely underground parking, as well as restaurants and meeting space.

Do you have a development that requires a zoning change? We’d love to help take it through the approval process – allowing you to spend less time arguing at City Hall and more time actually getting things done!

Masterplan Project Update: Hillcrest High School

Thanks to Masterplan’s efforts, the Dallas City Plan Commission (CPC) recently approved a two-part addition to Hillcrest High School, funded through the 2015 DISD Bond Program. One part will be a two-story structure that adds 22 new classrooms and student collaboration space. The second part will be a 1,000-seat gymnasium with locker rooms and a below-ground storm shelter. The additional academic space will enable Hillcrest High School to discontinue the use of all onsite portable classrooms and will update the campus capabilities in essential ways.

Thanks to WRA Architects for the sneak preview of these new spaces!

Masterplan Austin Dispatch: Taylor Growth Summit

Karen Wunsch, Managing Director of Masterplan’s Austin office, was thrilled to be invited to participate in the City of Taylor’s first growth summit back in March. This brainstorming and planning event was designed to “Grow Taylor.” The turnout was phenomenal, with attendees including property owners, developers, residents, business owners, and city staff. Everyone was engaged and passionate about providing ideas that will encourage growth, build a future, and preserve the local culture that makes Taylor special. Topics included Transportation & Connectivity, Parks & Recreation, Corridor Standards, Commercial & Residential Standards, and Special Districts. Hats off to Ashley Lumpkin, Director of Development Services and all of the city staff for putting together such a great planning event!

Do you have an urban planning event coming up and need speakers? Our team is highly experienced with issues including zoning, planning, lobbying, and more – and we love sharing that knowledge with the community!

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