February 16th, Zoning Meeting at City Hall

The Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee held a meeting on Thursday, February 16th and I was able to attend. There was some confusion on the purpose of the meeting, so I thought to share some details to provide better context and history of this case to everyone. Late in October 2015, the City Council Housing Committee was briefed on the issue of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The Housing Committee directed the staff to conduct a meeting to gather input from Dallas residents on whether to allow accessory dwelling units and their potential impact on neighbors and neighborhoods.

The February 16th meeting purpose was to review considerations for amending the Dallas development code to create regulations to allow accessory dwelling units. Our district councilman Mr. Kingston was among participants and an advocate for this case. He and many lower Greenville and M-Street residents present at the meeting thought this was a great option to allow regulated affordable housing for low income individuals. This allows low-income residents to afford living within the popular inner city neighborhoods, where the cost of living and housing have been rapidly increasing.

There was no decision made, and the case is still in the review phase. I anticipate approval of this case, although it will not directly impact Bryan Place. It actually might be a good move for many Dallas homeowners who can benefit from additional income. More importantly, it will give the city the authority to regulate life safety, constructability, and code compliance of such units within our neighborhoods and adjacent areas. And it will ultimately make the practice of renting a garage apartment or mother-in-law suite safer due to such regulations.

In short, ADUs have always been somewhat permitted in Dallas zoning; however such living units have not been always regulated. I have submitted two case reports and a meeting agenda from this meeting for anyone who is interested to find out more details. These can be downloaded via our association web page.

Published on March 6, 2017

Bryan Place Fences

The BPNA board has been involved with several fence issues over the past few months. Many residents are wanting to update or add fences to their property.

Some have requested variances which have been supported by the board as long as they are in compliance with city code.

As a general rule, fences are not allowed to be taller than four feet in the front and eight in the back. No barbed wire is allowed within PD 298.

Remember to always protect your investment by ensuring you are in compliance and agreement with your neighbors before starting your projects.

The board will be checking with Cody McCullar about the chain link fencing at the Dallas Seminary along Live Oak Street.

Published on June 19, 2012

BPNA Boundaries Talk

Residents had questions about last month’s article regarding expanding the boundaries of Bryan Place Neighborhood Association from beyond Washington Avenue to Haskell Avenue. The purpose of the story was to get feedback from current residents and those who reside in townhomes between Washington and Haskell.

Like other condominium and townhomes in the area, our goal is to encourage participation and voluntary membership in the “neighborhood association”. This in no way impacts or attempts to change bylaws established by individual Home Owners Associations within Bryan Place or the proposed extended area. The hope is to have better representation at city hall, the police department, and other issues affecting our neighborhood. As mentioned previously, there is strength in numbers. And keeping the
area as a whole informed and involved helps to keep our area safer and more vibrant.

We’d like to thank those who have commented so far and we are still looking forward to more feedback.

Published on September 27, 2011

What PD-298 Says About Fencing

As residents become interested in modifying their property’s fencing, questions often arise about what can and cannot be built.

Hopefully this excerpt will provide insight from PD-298, the Bryan Area Special Purpose District, which includes Bryan Place. When in doubt, feel free to contact the neighborhood association or City of Dallas.
SEC. 51P-298.119. FENCES.

(a) Fencing material for properties fronting on Ross Avenue, Live
Oak Street, and Gaston Avenue must be wrought iron, tubular steel, or similar material, or a combination of these items, with up to a four-foot-high masonry base.

(b) Fencing material for all other properties must be wrought iron, tubular steel, chain link, wood, or similar materials or a combination of these items with up to a four-foot-high masonry base.

(c) Razor wire and barbed wire fencing are prohibited in this district within 50 feet of the back-of-curb on the following streets:
(1) Gaston.
(2) Good Latimer.
(3) Haskell.
(4) Live Oak.
(5) Peak.
(6) Ross.
(7) Washington.
(d) Nonconforming razor wire and barbed wire fencing materials
must be removed by April 26, 2008.
(e) Maximum fence height.

(1) Except as further limited in this subsection, maximum fence
height is nine feet.
(2) For all residential uses, maximum fence height in the required front yard is four feet. (Ord. 25960)

To view the complete details of PD-298, please go online to:

Published on August 27, 2011

Bryan Place Boundaries Growing

If you have lived in Bryan Place for only a few years or even a few months, surely you have noticed how the neighborhood has progressed. It continues to be the hidden jewel of East Dallas right outside of downtown.

Our community continues to attract a diverse group of individuals who appreciate what this area has to offer. Groups of individuals who care about maintaining the beauty and security of our area. Since the beginning of Bryan Place in the early 1980’s, our boundaries have been near Ross Avenue, Live Oak Street, Central Expressway and Washington Avenue. But neighborhood involvement has grown beyond these borders. With this growth comes a need for all homeowners and even renters to become and stay involved. Our events throughout the neighborhood and at Exall Park, board meetings, efforts to protect
PD-298, and pool activities continue to show how much everyone in the area is involved.

In the coming weeks, we would like to formally incorporate the residents who live outside of the original boundaries by including homes between Washington Avenue and Haskell. We are asking for input from everyone; the residents and HOA’s in that area and those who live within the current boundaries. Bryan Place did not become a success by just a few individuals. It was the strength of several households. And there is strength in numbers, especially when we approach city hall on neighborhood issues like protection against crime and making sure land development is neighborhood friendly. So please take the time to share your thoughts and ideas of how we can grow together as an even more vibrant community. We welcome your comments. Please contact any of the board members listed on the first page of the newsletter or send an e-mail to BPNA.President@yahoo.com.

Published on August 27, 2011