Melshire Neighborhood Meeting!
Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for a special night to elect new Melshire HOA Board Members!
DATE: Tuesday, November 9th
TIME: 6:30 PM
WHERE: St. Rita Catholic School
Melshire Estates is a community where neighbors are friends and friends are family.
The Melshire HOA was established with a goal to build a healthy and vibrant community through neighborhood awareness, events and gatherings. With the same goal in mind, recently and in response to the proposed Forest Lane development project, the Melshire Residents Association was formed. In order to have a successful association we need to put our community’s best interest first while we continually seek to build long-term value for our neighborhood. The two associations are working collaboratively in an effort to have one unified voice for our community.
A nomination committee has been formed to accept nominations! If you (or know someone who would be) interested in serving on the Melshire HOA board, please submit your name, contact information and position to the nominating committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, October 13th.
Plus, six additional board members.
Not currently a member of the HOA but want to get involved? Please come join us at the Melshire Halloween Block Party on Sunday, October 31st from 3pm-5pm.
Recap of September 9, 2021
City Council Meeting
Dallas City Council voted 13-2 in favor of the zoning change. Gay Willis, district 13th representative, voted IN favor of the zoning change that will allow 26 homes to built.
More detailed updates to come.
Recap of August 31, 2021
Town Hall Meeting
Councilmember Gay Willis hosted a community town hall meeting on August 31, 2021. The purpose of the meeting was to show the current plan regarding the rezoning case on Forest/Nuestra, ensure everyone had the facts on the project, and share what had been gathered from neighbors' questions and points-of-concern over the past couple of months.
After an introduction by CM Willis, presentations were made by Tommy Mann, attorney for the developer; Richard Rohan, Janelle Alcantara, and Richard Brown on behalf of Friends of Forest Lane; Maureen Milligan, a Melshire neighborhood resident; and Katherine McGovern, a representative from the Preston Royal Library Friends.
Attendance was more than anticipated. It is estimated that at least 200 people were in attendance.
The developer provided an overview of the current site plan, renderings of the development, and newly-developed landscape plan showing nine live oaks along Forest Lane will be preserved.
The three speakers from Friends of Forest Lane encouraged CM Willis to vote against rezoning. They reasoned that the City nor the developer had given clear indication how the proposal benefits our neighborhood, and that the proposal violates several zoning ordinances and deed restrictions. They added that communication to residents about the rezoning proposal was insufficient and the deed restrictions supersede rezoning. Letters of intent from four builders were presented to develop the property into no more than nine single-family homes. Presented onstage, a map of the homeowners' notification zone highlighted 55 opposed, 5 in favor, and 21 no response.
Of the scheduled neighborhood residents, only one addressed the audience. Ms. Milligan spoke in favor of the development and delivered sentiments about maintaining the character and growing the diversity of Melshire Estates.
Ms. McGovern from Preston Royal Library Friends spoke briefly about the library, and the need for the proceeds of the sale of the property to fund renovations.
Friends of Forest Lane extends gratitude to Councilmember Willis for organizing the community meeting and to E.D. Walker Middle School for opening their auditorium to the community.
Recap of August 11, 2021 City Council Hearing
Councilwoman Gay Donnell Willis has postponed the hearing for the rezoning case in Melshire Estates. The hearing has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 9th, 2021.
There were 17 people that registered to speak to the City Council on August 11, 2021. Of those 16 were opposed to the rezoning and 1 was in favor. Of the 16 opposed, 13 were residents of Melshire Estates and 3 were from other neighborhoods nearby. The residents living within 500 feet of the rezoning area were able to submit official votes to the City. The votes were tabulated as 45 opposed and 7 in favor of the development. The vote was so heavily weighted against the rezoning that it has triggered a special vote of City Council in order to pass. A super-majority vote by City Council will be required to pass the zoning change.
CW Willis has postponed the hearing so that she has the opportunity to host a neighborhood town-hall to discuss the development. Please watch carefully for this meeting to be announced and be sure to take the opportunity to have your voice heard.