Scott Griggs Makes His Debut at City Hall to Ask for Delay on Stevens Park Conservation District

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Dave Neumann has some advice for you, Scott Griggs.
For as long as anyone can recall -- at least six years, right? -- there's been an attempt to create a Stevens Park Conservation District intended to preserve the neighborhood around the Oak Cliff golf course. Most of the homeowners in the area are behind it; so too Oak Cliff preservationists who fear the razing of historic homes that would be replaced by McMansions. And getting neighbors on the same side of conservation districts is no easy thing; ask the folks living in the Disney Streets, for starters.

But at the last minute, residents of a single street -- N. Plymouth Road, which faces Stevens Park Golf Course -- turned in a petition to the city council insisting they wanted no part of the conservation district. Chris Gober, a Plymouth Road resident, told the council moments ago that "a one-size-fits-all conservation district may just be going too far." Others living on the same stretch of concrete agreed.

At which point Scott Griggs stepped to the public speakers' podium to ask the council to postpone the vote. "I am a big believer in conservation districts," said Griggs, "and I think these two sides can work it out and that a sub-district on Plymouth is the right way to go."

Delia Jasso then spoke up. She said, "What we've heard today is everyone's in favor of a conservation district. We're not here to say you're not gonna get it." But she agreed with Griggs and made a motion for the council to defer the vote till August 24. The council said fine, sure, let's move on, we've still got a lot of work to do before summer break.

But Dave Neumann, whose place at the horseshoe Griggs will take on Monday, had something to say first. Neumann said, look, he was going to suggest postponing the vote. But he wasn't entirely happy about doing it.

Said the outgoing council member, an overwhelming number of residents in Stevens Park are for the conservation district: "Seventy-six percent said yes, 24 percent said no," he said. "That's a statement."

Neumann said he wasn't pleased when, at the last minute, Plymouth Road residents upended this "multi-year effort" with their against-it petition. But, fine, he said, postpone it -- "with the caveat we have the votes in," meaning, in favor of the district. He then spoke more or less directly to Griggs, saying that this time out "gives you the opportunity to work with the neighbors and achieve something that will work on both sides. When you sit on this side of the podium, you see neighbors on the exact opposite sides of the audotorium. A conservation district is about bringing neighbors to the middle."

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8 comments
yeahIsaidthat
yeahIsaidthat

Oh wise and noble Obi Wan K'Loser, Dave is. Hurry up Monday.

Ellum08
Ellum08

Since Griggs lives in the neighborhood, won't he have to recuse himself for ALL discussion on this matter once he is sworn in Monday?

Cliff Dweller
Cliff Dweller

Yeah let's kick the guy when he's down, cuz we won nyah nyah nyah. . .

Marc
Marc

Scott will always be able to work with the neighbors to resolve any conflicts and work out a deal. He just won't be able to vote on it in Council if he has a vested (financial) conflict of interest. Representatives in government always vote on matters that benefit their own districts. I am pretty sure that is the specific purpose of them being a representative of their constituents.

Ellum08
Ellum08

Sorry, but you are wrong.

Benefiting the district you represent is much different than benefiting the neighborhood you live in. Since he lives in Stevens Park, he can have NO discussion with anyone (neighbors, people on the street, fellow Council members, etc.) once he is sworn in.

And I am pretty sure that the City Attorney's will inform him of this very soon if they haven't already.

Ellum08
Ellum08

Perhaps, but the impression given from what I heard is that he was going to have some active part in working out the issues between the two groups. Which he won't be able to do. At all.

I assume Jasso will now take the lead on this?

David Wilson
David Wilson

He can work on the issue(s) on the street and help create a solution. But his recusal only means he can't vote on the issue, lobby his council members, or participate in the discussions.

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