Monday, September 04, 2006

CD Myths and Facts

Here are some common myths and important facts about Conservation Districts.

Myth: A CD will prevent new construction in our neighborhood.

Fact: New construction has occurred in many, if not all, existing Conservation Districts in the City of Dallas. City Council member Angela Hunt can provide details about the beautiful homes that have been built in M Streets East since their CD was passed.

Myth: If we get a CD for our neighborhood, I won't be able to add on to my house.

Fact: Conservation Districts can be designed so that people are able to add on and significantly expand their homes. If you're worried about the effects of a CD on any plans that you have for your house, the best thing to do is to come to a Community Meeting and ask City staff how your plans can be accommodated.

Myth: A CD means that the government can control what I do to my house.

Fact: First, this CD study was not initiated by the city, but by homeowners in the neighborhood -- 75 percent of them! Second, the government already controls what you can do to your house through base zoning. A CD would allow us as a neighborhood to decide on criteria to be preserved. Our own preferences would then be written into an ordinance that is enforced by City staff.

Myth: If my house burns down, I won't be able to rebuild it the way I want.

Fact: If your house burns down or is damaged, you would be allowed to rebuild it as it stood before the damage occurred. However, if you decided to rebuild it in a different way, the rebuilt parts would have to follow the guidelines established by the CD ordinance.