As shown in the following plan, the developer of massive 1700-unit Fort Worth, TX housing project proposed connecting to a dead-end neighborhood street causing a massive increase in cut-thru traffic. The neighborhood street – Clark Road – is a narrow, cul de sac with 36 homes. Had this proposal been approved traffic volume on Clark Road could have gone from a few hundreds cars a day to more than 37,000!
The cul de sac residents were preparing for a Plan Commission hearing when they retained CEDS. Our Initial Strategy Analysis research showed two key factors:
- The developer had other options for access, and
- The Plan Commission had a history of denying approval for similar projects.
These two factors prompted us to urge the cul de sac residents to testify at the hearing using a letter drafted by CEDS.
But rather than calling for denial we recommended that our clients ask the Commission to:
- Require the developer to use an alternate access,
- Require an emergency-services only gate, and to
- Continue the hearing so the residents could work with the developer to find a mutually satisfactory solution.
This testimony prompted the Plan Commission to grant the continuance and sent strong signals to the developer that he needed to find a way to resolve cul de sac resident concerns. The developer then submitted the following revised plan showing NO connection to Clark Road!
A clean victory for Clark Road residents. A Thank You note from our clients to CEDS president Richard Klein follows.