Critical Meeting! Be There! December 8th, 2010

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If you care about your shoreline property on Lake Worth, you need to be at the zoning meeting!

Wednesday, December 8th at 10:00 a.m.

City Hall
1000 Throckmorton
Fort Worth TX 76102

Video Transcript:

In my last two videos, I described to you how city staff is about to damage the value of every property on Lake Worth. The situation is now critical. At the end of the video, I am going to tell you what you need to do to protect your property.

As I mentioned in my last video, two years ago, a community collaboration known as the “Dock Steering Committee” was formed to create common sense guidelines for a new dock ordinance. The committee was composed of lake residents and real estate professionals and was led by city staff. The committee worked for 6 months with staff and the community to create workable guidelines. The recommendations satisfied staff and the majority of residents.

However, at the end of the collaboration, staff threw out it. Over the next two years, staff generated six revisions – each worse than the last. In other words, the community collaboration was a sham. It a hoax. It was just a way for staff to say the ordinance was created through a community process, when in fact, it was not.

Today, staff is taking its proposal forward. That proposal, in no way, reflects the community collaboration. In fact, the proposal is bad for the lake, bad for the City of Fort Worth, and its bad for lake residents. One of the worst problems with this ordinance is that it destroys property value.

On October 19, 2010, a survey was sent to all 494 property owners around Lake Worth. Over 170 property owners responded. Of those, 98% said that the new ordinance would damage property values. I’ll say it again, 98% said that the new ordinance proposal would damage their property values.

So what are we going to do? The measure is now under consideration by the zoning board. On December 8th, the zoning board will be taking public comments. Whether you speak or not, you need to be at that meeting. You absolutely need to be present.

I cannot emphasize how important your single presence is. This whole dock ordinance fiasco has been the result of the actions of five people. Your single presence is going to make a huge difference in how this goes. If you don’t attend, you might as well deed your property back to the city because city staff is going to take it from you piece by piece.

You need to be at city hall, downtown Fort Worth at 1000 Throckmorton at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 8th. I will have some buttons for you to wear. You don’t have to speak, but be sure to get your button and wear it into the meeting. That way, the zoning board members will know why you are there.

Look, you and I pay some of the highest property taxes in Texas. There is no doubt that shoreline residents are being subject to taxation with no representation. We should expect far more from our city government than this. If you care about your shoreline property, you need to be at city hall at 10:00 in the morning on Wednesday, December 8th standing tall, wearing a button.

We’re all in this together. I’m Michael Dallas.


Last Two Videos on Lake Worth Dock Ordinance

November 9, 2010 - Contact Your Elected Officials

October 19, 2010 - What's Wrong with This Ordinance

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