Tomorrow night will be the first of two neighborhood meetings concerning a new zoning proposal for the Davis and Bishop corridors. Thanks to Lake Cliff resident Michael Mendoza, you can catch up on the progress made since May by reading over his blog.

Mendoza is one of 12 neighbors on a committee appointed by councilmen Dave Neumann and Elba Garcia to study land uses up and down the two streets. Larry Good of architecture firm Good, Fulton and Farrell is heading up the committee, and Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce president Bob Stimson is facilitating. More details are in a story in November’s edition of the Advocate CliffDweller (which should reach neighbors’ doorsteps next week), but the gist is that there seems to be general agreement among residents and businesses right around Bishop and Davis that more Bishop Arts-style retail and restaurants would be welcome, but the zoning in place is causing major speed bumps.
The point of the study was to discuss how to facilitate change, but also to try to make sure that the kind of change brought about by any re-zoning would be the kind of change neighbors and business owners want to see happen. Tomorrow night’s meeting will be a chance for neighbors to hear and see an overview of the current re-zoning plans, and weigh in with their thoughts, before the plan heads to the city plan commission and later the city council.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. tomorrow evening in Methodist Hospital’s Hitt Auditorium, 1441 N. Beckley. The next neighborhood meeting, also before the plan heads to the plan commission and city council will take place in mid-January. Keep an eye on Back Talk Oak Cliff for follow up on tomorrow’s meeting and the November issue story.