The Coalition for Neighborhood Self-Determination drafted the “Residents Bill of Rights for Equitable and Inclusive Planning” that outlines specific issues that pertain to Environmental Justice, Fair and Affordable Housing, and Self Determination. This Bill of Rights was presented to the public at a Press Conference in front of Dallas City Hall in Fall 2021.
Since presenting the Bill of Rights publicly, we have been advocating for specific policy items to be implemented that advance our goals. For example, working on the neighborhood-led planning draft policy and the zoning code update for batch plants.
Model Ordinance for Batch Plant Zoning Code Update
The Coalition drafted a model ordinance for the zoning code update on both temporary and permanent concrete and asphalt batch plants. This ordinance was shared with Planning and Urban Design, the Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability, the Environmental Commission, the Comprehensive Land Use Planning Committee, and the Zoning Advisory Ordinance Committee. The ordinance is available below. It calls for:
- A 1,500 foot buffer between batch plants and ‘sensitive land uses’ like homes, schools, parks, churches etc.
- The addition of a ‘Specific Use Permit’ (SUP) for batch plants in all zoning districts
- A phasing out of existing facilities by proactively requiring them to seek SUPs two years after the ordinance comes into effect, with a priority on Environmental Justice neighborhoods coming into compliance first
Planning and Urban Design incorporated the SUP requirement as part of ‘Phase l’ of the zoning code update, which was presented at two Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee’ meetings in March, and approved to go to the City Plan Commission meeting in April. Phase ll of the update will consider the buffer element and how to address existing facilities. We will continue to monitor and advocate for the recommendations to be adopted.