March 11, 2019 Newsletter
P&Z Approves High-Density Town Homes
On Wednesday, P&Z approved, 9-0, 53 town homes on 2.65 acres in the northwest block-- not on the corner-- of Cooper and Abram. That is 20 units per acre. Normally town homes are a maximum of 12 units per acre and normal apartments are at 22 units per acre.
The zoning deviates from minimum stands on five items:
Minimum Lot Area
2900 sq. ft.
784 sq. ft.
Minimum Lot Depth
Every 25-30 ft. apart
4 trees TOTAL
Roof Design (Eaves)
Arlington is a city where citizens are relegated to being spectators rather than players. The SPECTATOR helps citizens know what is happening on the field. Only the few on the in-house team are allowed to play ball in Arlington. The SPECTATOR helps citizens understand the game.
March 11, 2019 – Volume 12 Number 10
Tuesday, March 12: NAACP Arlington Council Candidate Forum, New Life Fellowship, 201 E Sublett, 6:30-9:00pm.
Sunday, March 17: St Patrick's Day.
Sunday, March 17: 360CDA Candidate Meet N Greet, Doubletree by Hilton, 1307 N Watson Rd, 3:00-5:00pm.
Tuesday, March 19: City Council Meetings, Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram Street, times TBD.
Thursday, March 21: AISD Board Meeting, 1203 W. Pioneer Parkway, 7:00pm.
Tuesday, March 26: City Council Meetings, Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram Street, times TBD.
From THE LOCKER ROOM
Arlington City Council Update
Candidate Filings (Ballot Order):
Ruby Faye Woolridge
Election Day is Saturday, May 4. Ballot order was determined by a drawing on Monday, February 25.
The next city council meeting scheduled after that is Tuesday, March 19.
The next scheduled AISD Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 21. The school district is on spring break this week.
Candidates on the Issues
We have sent questions to the candidates for mayor and city council. Hopefully, we will be able to begin sharing with you their words on the issues starting next week.
During the coming weeks, the accumulation of the candidates’ responses will appear on the website [ www.arlspectator.mysite.com ]. You will see the candidates in ballot order within each district along the left side of the page.
The Arlington Voice asked the mayoral candidates four questions. [Half of those questions were very similar to questions we have sent the candidates.] That story can be found at: [https://arlingtonvoice.com/arlington/politics/2019/03/04/arlington-mayor-mum-opponents-address-citys-challenges ]
VIA by the Numbers
On December 11, the VIA pilot program began its second year. The City Council approved the second year of the pilot program [for $2.1 million] on December 4.
When the pilot started, the staff report stated it expected to reach I-20 within four to six months of the pilot’s initiation. That did not happen until September 20, more than nine months after the pilot began. The project has been a disaster and a major waste of taxpayers' dollars.
Even with its newly expanded area, it only covers about 25% of the city, meaning the majority of the taxpayers have to pay for VIA, but receive no benefit from it. All of those taxpayers are paying for something that competes against the private sector Lyft and Uber services.
DAMC Names Old President
The Downtown Arlington Management Corporation named a new president. The new president is Maggie Campbell, the very first president of the organization.
[ https://downtownarlington.org/damc/downtown-arlington-management-corporation-names-maggie-campbell-as-new-president-and-ceo/?utm_source=Downtown+Arlington+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=f2364fbaec-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_446062627b-f2364fbaec-71763861 ]
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City of Arlington website www.arlingtontx.gov
e-mails of mayor and council
mayor = jeff.williams
district 1 (north) = helen.moise
district 2 (sw) = sheri.capehart
district 3 (se) = roxanne.thalman
district 4 (west) = kathryn.wilemon
district 5 (central/east) = lana.wolff
district 6 (all) = robert.shepard
district 7 (all) = victoria.farrar-myers
district 8 (all) = michael.glaspie
city council grades:
AISD website ....................... www.aisd.net
e-mails of the AISD board .....
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Hogg ......................- email@example.com
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Chapa .....................- email@example.com
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Hibbs ........................ - email@example.com
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SE Arlington Blog
Randol Mill Park Nature Area
Texas Legislative Online
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