The neighborhood committee leading the effort to create a subarea of the Lakewood Conservation District submitted 189 signatures from homeowners in the proposed expansion area to the City of Dallas Department of Planning and Urban Design.
Neighbors were only required to have signatures from 58% of homeowners in the area, and they reached that threshold earlier in June. They decided to delay turning in the petitions “to demonstrate to the City Plan Commission and City Council the full level of neighborhood support.”
Signed petitions do not signify a vote of approval to adopt a new conservation district. Rather, they just show that the signees want the process to continue.
The 189 signatures represent 68% of the homeowners in the proposed expansion area.
With the petitions turned in, the City has 30 days to verify the signatures. If all is in order, the date of the first post-application meeting will then be announced. Everyone in the expansion area will get a notice from the City in the mail with the date and time of the meeting.
A group of Lakewood neighbors began the process to create a subarea of the conservation district earlier this year because they wanted to preserve the character of the neighborhood and try to prevent further tear-downs of architecturally significant homes.
The City calls this a subarea of the Lakewood Conservation District, but neighbors will have the opportunity to write their own ordinance, which details what is regulated and how it’s regulated. Those specifications will be worked out in the post-application neighborhood meetings.
Homeowners in the current Lakewood Conservation District, CD No. 2, and homeowners in the proposed expansion area met in May with representatives from the Department of Planning and Urban Design to discuss what the process to create a subarea of the conservation district would entail. While some neighbors were in favor of the idea, others expressed disapproval.
See the PowerPoint from the meeting here.