Friday, May 19, 2006


On May 18, the City Plan Commission saw a sea of yellow buttons worn by residents and neighbors in support of the Ash Creek Mobile Home Park.

Residents of AshCreek Mobile Home Park, Duane, Melissa and Benito, with sign in support of zoning for a Special Use Permit (SUP).

May 18, 2006, the Dallas Plan Commission voted UNANIMOUSLY to support an SUP - Special Use Permit for the MHPark. This will give the owner 6 months from time City Council may approve to bring the property up to Dallas Code standards. Conditions include fencing, landscaping, open space for playground, creation of stricter "Park Rules" and other improvements.

At the May 18 hearing before the Plan Commission, Eleven speakers and at least 35 supporters were there for the MHPark. The opposition numbers were visibly slim with only four speakers and only a handful of people opposing the MHPark. Those that spoke in opposition did not live in close proximity to the MHPark, whereas those speakers in support of the MHPark (other than residents) lived within a few houses or few blocks from the property.

The Dallas City Council must approve the SUP at a future hearing.

CRIME CLAIMS PUT DOWN! A Dallas Police officer and Crime Watch officer of the area, gave permission for the following the be read at the Plan Commission hearing:

"A review of criminal offenses and calls reported occurring in the Ash Creek Mobile Home Park over the last three years revealed nothing unusual or any excessive number of criminal offenses'."
Sgt. R. C. Dillon, #4535
Northeast Patrol Division

As supporters and residents have been claiming, the opposition has over-stated issues related to CRIME from the beginning of their petition against the MHPark!

The experience of working together has been personally rewarding for many. It shows how important it is to be involved in your community - to always speak when something matters to you, and TRUTH MATTERS!

We were NOT afraid to SPEAK TRUTH to POWER and so far, we have WON for now!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a non-involved party who was at the May18th meeting for other business. I would encourage you in the future to remain quiet while the board speaks, especially the City Council when you go before them, and keep your comments to the topic at hand. Also, don't be fooled into thinking that the property owner is your friend. Based off of the rent numbers mentioned by one speaker the property is ripe to sell due to an obvious lack of revnue from the park. The Railroad track is the only thing I can see saving the property. Make no mistake the economics will close the park long before City Hall and that time is coming as the property values in Dallas continue to rise. When that happens, no lawsuit or City board will have any power as your property owner will turn on you for a quick dollar. Hopefully that time is far off but the very nature of mobile home parks leaves thier residents with little long term control over thier whereabouts. Emmons was right in his words of caution to you and I hope you heard him over the disrespectful talking fromthe yellow buttons.

Also, when you are arguing that you don't have a crime problem don't let someone get up there and even say the work "murder" or "car theft". Not good.

One last thing, there would have been even less opposition if the property owner had done at least the minimum required site plan to allow the city staft to support your SUP. That speaks volumes about his competence and willingness to invest in his property. The CPC didn't believe him and the City Council may not either. They are more likely to think about the increased tax base from higher property taxes on the larger houses. Prepare yourself for that, they won't say it, but you better address it.


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