The Richardson City Council meeting June 13, 2022, has three items on its agenda that could turn out either bad, really bad, or maybe a mixture of bad and not so bad. We'll see.
1. Meet the new Interurban District. Same as the old Interurban District:
Source: Writing for Designers.
The VW dealership in the Interurban District is making another run at ruining Richardson's "edgy, mixed-use district built upon the existing bones of the development." Read what I had to say August 15, 2013, when an auto dealer last tried to pull this on this property: "Lemon". The Wheel's odds of the City Council approving this...again...are set at 10:1 in favor.
Every time we get a car, this place turns into a whorehouse.
Source: Don Draper, Mad Men.
That landowner north of UT-Dallas who has brought plan after plan for student housing near UT-Dallas and the future Silver Line DART station is making another run at it. He's back with the first stage of a mixed-use development that will eventually include housing, retail/restaurant, and a small hotel. Sounds like transit-oriented development, right? Something the City says it wants, right? Well, The Wheel's odds of the City Council approving this sensible plan are set at 3:1 against.
Then there's the wild card on the agenda. On May 9, 2022, the City Council approved a request to rezone two lots on Abrams Rd at E. Buckingham Rd for a restaurant with an outdoor patio with hookah smoking. Why is it back on the agenda Monday night? That's unclear, at least to me. Is this the way it's always handled? Council approves, City staff then drafts an ordinance (No. 4430), then Council has to approve the ordinance? If yes, why is it not in the consent agenda? Is it going to be deliberated on all over again? Again, it's unclear. The Wheel's odds of some kind of double-cross are set at ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Update: The second vote, on June 13, was to approve the ordinance that the council vote on May 9 directed staff to draw up. This second vote is almost always a formality. It's usually included in the so-called consent agenda which includes non-controversial items. Except this time someone objected. The item was puleed out of the consent agenda, deliberated all over again, and this time Joe Corcoran flip-flopped, causing the ordinance that was earlier agreed to by the Council, to fail in the final vote.