Neighbors: the post below was uploaded to the Winnetka Heights neighborhood website this afternoon. It was pulled down when we were advised that the hearing set for June 30 was rescheduled for July 21. We are posting it again now for your information about the process. Please note again that the date of the hearing is no longer applicable and that if there are any changes to the application, the Board of Directors may reconsider the position set forth below.
Finally, please note that the email about the Board’s position with a reminder of the hearing set for June 30 was scheduled to be sent to all Winnetka Heights residents on our mailing list on the afternoon of June 29 (not May 29 as indicated the update email sent to neighbors explaining the the communications).
POST OF JUNE 29, 2016
This is to further update you on the zoning application that has been submitted for 410 S. Windomere, the building at the corner of S. Windomere and 12th Street.
The application will be heard by the City Plan Commission on Thursday June 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St., in the City Council Chambers. We encourage all neighbors interested in this application to attend and have their voice heard.
The Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association has considered all of the input that it has received from so many of you and will be delivering our recommendations to the City Plan Commission ahead of the hearing.
In summary, we believe that the application as currently submitted proposes new uses in manner that makes such uses not consistent with the mission of the neighborhood and we are opposing its approval.
However, we have also reviewed the recommendations issued by the City of Dallas planners who reviewed the application. These recommendations would modify the application in ways that we believe will make it more responsive to the concerns raised by neighbors. The most important of these recommendations is that both uses at the facility – as an instructional arts studio and as a theater – be governed by a Special Use Permit with a two-year term. By allowing the uses with this restriction, the applicants will be able to operate their business on the premises, but the city and the neighborhood will have an opportunity to review the impact of the business on the neighborhood in a relatively short time frame. The applicants have proposed that only the theater use be governed by the Special Use Permit and that the permit have a six-year term.
If the application is amended to incorporate the recommendations of the City of Dallas planners, with some additional changes that we recommend, the neighborhood association will support the application.
We have heard from many of you that you support the application and have tried to take a position that respects both the concerns of the neighbors opposed to the application and the desire of those in favor of the application to have the church building preserved and adapted to this new use. We also acknowledge and are grateful to the applicants for the changes they have made to the application in response to your input. We believe that if the application is modified as described above, the neighborhood will have the best chance of enjoying the new uses at this facility in a manner consistent with the lifestyle that we are all committed to preserve.
You can see the WHNA letter to the City Plan Commission and the recommendations from the City of Dallas planners in their Case Report through the links below.
As a reminder, property owners within the 500-foot radius of 410 S. Windomere — the notification zone – should have received a notice of the hearing along with a form ballot to be completed and returned to the city. This is an important part of the process and the City Plan Commission and the City Council will pay careful attention to the ballots returned and the required votes to approve the application may change depending on the number of “votes” opposed to the application.
Please be sure to return your completed ballot by the time of the hearing on June 30.