The corner of Jefferson and Marsalis: Danny Fulgencio

The corner of Jefferson and Marsalis: Danny Fulgencio

Dallas City Council is expected to vote March 25 on the Oak Cliff Gateway plan, a massive rezoning ordinance that has spent about 10 years on the drawing board.

The East Kesler Park Neighborhood Association recently asked for changes to the plan adjacent to their neighborhood, on the east side of Beckley between Colorado and Interstate 30.

The changes would limit new construction to one story. Previously the plan had allowed for building heights of five or six stories on the east side of Beckley.

The East Kessler changes also would prohibit detached signs as well as back-lit and LED signs; and would not allow for any parking reductions for businesses whatsoever. They also would prohibit certain uses, including restaurants, bars, commercial parking lots or garages, drive-through lanes, car washes and gas stations, among others.

The Oak Cliff gateway area, north of Davis between interstates 30 and 35, comprises 890 acres, larger than the whole town of Highland Park, which makes this one of the biggest mass rezoning cases in the city’s history.

City Councilman Scott Griggs said at a meeting last month that he had still been receiving corrections to the proposed ordinance.

“We want to make sure we get it right,” he said.

Katherine Homan of the East Kessler Park Neighborhood Association says she’s very pleased that the councilman worked with the neighborhood.

“Everything we’re asking for is to limit cars from coming through our neighborhood, and limiting overflow parking onto our streets,” she says.