Tanglewood residents talk park plans, Clearfork, TCU area residential zoning

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The Tanglewood Neighborhood Association met Monday to talk about core development in Clearfork as well as the Overton and Foster Park Master Plan and the TCU overlay district.

Representatives from Cassco Land Co. talked about several key Clearfork developments near the 109 including the 150,000 square feet Forest Park Hospital and 85,000 square feet medical office facility scheduled to open this fall. A planned retail phase will soon accommodate higher end fashion, and a trailhead bike shop will feature a coffee shop, exercise facility, and a rooftop bar with an assortment of beer and wine. That shop is slated to open in May 2015.

Tom Hutchinson, president of Friends of the Overton and Foster Park Association, presented a portion of the Overton and Foster Park Master Plan which includes 23 priorities. Several will rely mainly on volunteers and can begin immediately, he said. However, others will require more time and money.

The number one goal on the project’s priority list is the care of older trees.

“We want to start taking an inventory of the significant trees that are in the park,” he said. ”We will also be educating people, getting them to understand what’s in our park.”

Hutchinson said tours led by master naturalists and arborists could benefit local Boys and Girls Clubs as well as church groups.

Also high on the list is a structure to provide opportunities for memorial donations and recognition. Hutchinson said Fort Worth has previously used park benches as memorials, and there are an abundance of those in the parks.

“We need another vehicle to provide opportunities for memorials,” he said.

Deborah Freed, who handles communications for the group, then announced that TNA had recently heard from the city concerning the TCU Residential Overlay District, which would limit unrelated occupancy in residential homes within a specific area around the university.

An Overton Park resident asked if Overton Park would be included in the overlay district and was told that it would not.

“They were really looking at the neighborhoods that have already seen some issues,” Freed said. “I’m sorry.”

According to a section in the city’s draft, owner-occupied residents have complained about parking, noise, litter, lack of structural maintenance and parties as well as the character of unrelated tenants.

Dana Burghdoff, director of planning and development, wrote in an email addressed to single-family stakeholders that The Zoning Commission plans to consider amendments it has made to the TCU Residential Overlay District on Wednesday, Oct. 8. A public hearing will begin at 10 a.m.

“The TCU overlay text amendment includes three options for grandfathering, with grandfathering in the body of the ordinance and two other options,” she wrote, “amortization period and no grandfathering.”

Anyone with questions can email Burghdoff at zoninglanduse@fortworthtexas.gov.

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