MNA Supporting AHNA in Zoning Case

The Monticello Neighborhood Association Board is joining the Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association in opposing a proposed zoning change (Case #ZC-17-037) at the site of 5001 Camp Bowie Boulevard. The applicant, V Fine Homes, wishes to build a two story, 6500 square foot building on this 5076 square foot lot. This required a parking variance which was denied by the Board of Adjustment in September of 2016. The applicant is attempting to get around the denial by obtaining a zoning change from F-General Commercial zoning to PD/MU1 (mixed use zoning) which is less stringent regarding parking requirements. The zoning change is being requested, therefore, to solve the applicant’s parking deficit problems. In a very close vote, the Zoning Commission is sending to City council their recommendation to approve this zoning change request.

The City Council will make the final determination when they vote on this case at the next regularly scheduled council meeting on Tuesday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m. There is no other mixed use zoning on Camp Bowie between Montgomery Street and Merrick Street. Mixed use zoning was created to be used for whole districts in mixed growth centers and urban villages, rather than for a single, lone lot.

In the opinion of the opposition, this zoning change, if granted, would allow a building to be overbuilt on an inadequate space with inadequate parking. It would also set a precedent that could encourage further mixed use zoning that might threaten the fragile balance of historic Camp Bowie and the neighboring communities.

You may email your opinion, or you may attend the City Council meeting, if interested.  Details below: