- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Hillcrest Village Green Park (Hillcrest & Arapaho)
2. Notes from NDNA board meeting 1/13/2021
The North Dallas Neighborhood Alliance board held their monthly meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, January 13th. The board decided that dues for 2021 would be waived, since the usual general meetings would not be able to be held for some time. Newsletters from district 12 Councilmember have given residents updates on city concerns and projects.
Board member Rod Scales will attend a meeting next week concerning the placement of shrubbery around cell tower bases on the Preston Ridge Trail. He will also participate in a city steering committee to address concerns about maintenance of sidewalks throughout the city. Questions were raised about who “owns” and is responsible for residential sidewalks.
Paul Landfair reported that crime states for North Central Division had been fairly flat with non-violent crimes down somewhat. The board agreed that communication should be sent to State Representative Ramos asking her to sponsor a change in the privacy law, so that some information could be made available about crimes committed to/by juveniles. He participated in the citizen selection of new police Chief Eddie Garcia and felt the process was positive.
Jean Schobert announced that city meetings addressing off-street parking regulations had been cancelled. The next consideration of these will take place on January 21st at the city ZOAC meeting. The city’s consideration of short term rental and accessory dwelling unit regulations are integrally tied in with parking concerns.
There was no update on the zoning applications for residential units at the northwest corner of Alpha/Hillcrest. The properties (hotel west of Preston off George Bush in district 12 and Gateway Hotel at Coit/635 in district 11) acquired by the city are to be used for those recovering from Covid who do not have other places for recuperation. The zoning change request on Mapleshade east of Coit is for development of moderate income senior housing.
Board members expressed concern about the number of panhandlers and homeless that are evident throughout the districts, but especially at Forest/Coit. The lack of this kind of activity in our surrounding suburbs brings up questions of why Dallas is unable to address the proliferation.
The board expressed appreciation to Mark Goodwin (Highlands North) and Janet Marcum (Northwood Hills) for attending the board meeting as guests.
- The North Dallas Neighborhood Alliance (NDNA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization formed in 1981 to support and represent the various homeowner and neighborhood associations (HOAs) in North Dallas.
- NDNA is an umbrella organization whose membership is comprised of HOAs in Districts 11 and 12 of the City of Dallas. All HOAs in Districts 11 & 12 are eligible to become members.
- NDNA is administered by an elected Board of Directors who meet once a month. Please click on Contact Us to communicate with NDNA’s Board.
What NDNA Does
- Sponsors public meetings:
- Meetings include programs on code compliance, beautification, low income housing, curbside recycling, multi-family zoning, and topics requested by membership.
- NDNA meetings are often attended by the District 11 and 12 City Council Representatives and allow residents the opportunity to speak directly with their elected officials.
- HOAs are kept abreast of meetings and news such as the Cotton Belt/Silver Line Rail project and local zoning issues involving new development.
- In Addition, NDNA:
- Sends out email alerts and notices concerning neighborhood and City of Dallas issues.
- Monitors major developments city-wide as well as in Districts 11 & 12 such as proposed zoning changes and land development projects, safety issues, crime trends, homelessness, trash collection, and road projects.
- Provides information from the City of Dallas, major upcoming events, safety and crime prevention issues, and provides a means for member HOAs to connect with each other via NDNA.us
- Provides zoning assistance / expertise when needed by HOAs.
- Has direct ties with the Dallas Police Department’s North Dallas VIP program, the Board of the Preston Ridge Trail, the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and Texas Neighborhoods Together (TNT monitors state legislative issues pertaining to neighborhood associations).
The city of Dallas is divided into seven community code districts with offices located throughout the city. The districts are responsible for the enforcement of over 900 city ordinances intended to keep your neighborhood clean and code-compliant. Community Code addresses concerns both proactively and by citizen requests submitted through 3-1-1.