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Aug 27, 2008


Norman Alston

This problem grows out of an initial heavy handed approach to zoning: "All automotive uses are bad, so let's make them illegal". Once again I'm reminded of the H.L. Mencken quote, "For every complex and difficult problem, there is a simple, easy solution...and it is wrong" Cities are complex, living organisms and don't often work well under a one-size-fits-all approach.

For a real city, and especially for East Dallas, long-standing, locally owned, beneficial businesses need to be encouraged and retained, not hearded into oblivion along with rental car sales lots, note lots and the like. The whole purpose behind having individual SUP applications is so that uses can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, allowing the City to keep the good ones and eliminate the others. Otherwise, there is no purpose in bothering with the public hearing. Precedence has a place in case law, not so much in SUP applications. That's how you justify it to other applicants that you have made an exception with this one. Let them justify their benefit to the neighborhood. Besides, if your process doesn't take the aforementioned qualities into account, or doesn't at least allow for them, then the problem is with the zoning, not the application.

I don't use Woodard Auto but from the description, it appears that an old, stable, useful, locally owned business has been treated very shabbily. I'm disappointed.

And if the new apartments down by the old Fishburns plant are what we're trying to go to on Ross Avenue, we're in a lot of trouble. I feel a blog post coming on.

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