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#1 RD Milhollin

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 08:11 AM

I am interested in the stance Fort Worth Council Member Cary Moon is advancing regarding the permitting of high density residential apartments in his district in particular, and the city in general.

 

http://www.star-tele...le90046652.html

 

I would like to know more about the particulars of his vision though, especially if it would support existing city initiatives like urban villages and city dreams like transit oriented development. On the one hand, I have to applaud his attempt to proactively prevent another Woodhaven apartment enclave from being developed somewhere else in the city. But I would like to know if the ultimate failure of that sort of development has been thoroughly studied by professionals and if Moon's ideas are in agreement with what such a study would recommend. Has the UTA Institute of Urban Studies ever looked into this? I also applaud the ideas cited in the article of separating apartment developments from single family, but I believe that parks and green space can effectively provide that separation. I am somewhat worried by what appears to be a desire to permit multifamily primarily adjacent to industrial areas; preventing this sort of arrangement was what prompted urban zoning in the first place more than a century ago. I see nothing in the article about mixed-use zoning, the type that allows retail and office to coexist in the same building with residential, and a district in which this sort of sustainable arrangement is allowed and even encouraged. I am worried about his assertion that "best use" for a large tract of land in the Mercantile development near I-820 Wright and Beach Street is high density residential, especially in the light of a distinct lack of infrastructure and services identified in the article. Locating this sort of project a mile from a future commuter station and calling it TOD shows a glaring lack of knowledge of what makes that sort of development work.



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Posted 24 August 2016 - 01:39 PM

Maybe he is thinking that we don't want to encourage MF development in locations where it is very unlikely to have transit.

I suspect it is a response to what the neighborhood residents are calling for as they have seen decades of examples of cheaply built MF projects that have deteriorated and wind up negatively impacting the long term values of the single family districts around them. 

 

So, perhaps some good old fashioned NIMBYism, combined with some sound judgment. 

 

North Fort Worth will need housing diversity though and should have someplace where the higher density, rental housing exists.  Perhaps around retail such as Alliance Town Center. 

 

Frankly, Far North Fort Worth and surrounding municipalities are so poorly laid out that it depresses me.  Cells of residential, cells of commercial, cells of industrial, etc.  Have to drive for every trip.  I think the City planners have been attempting to make marginal improvements (sidewalks, more points of connections between residential neighborhoods so every trip doesn't dump cars onto arterials, etc.) but, sadly, Far North Fort Worth, Saginaw, Blue Mound, Keller, Trophy Club, etc, do not seem to be even openly aiming for an improvement to the status quo. 

 

On the other hand, I'm optimistic about the INSIDE the loop portions of Fort Worth, where there is a prevailing preference for more walkable places. 






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