Development Committee – Overview
TNA’s Development Committee was formed in 2011 responding to concerns from membership about some of the newer development in the neighborhood. The primary issues pertain to
- Construction outside of the City of Fort Worth Building Code and
- Concerns with new homes out of scale with neighboring properties
Our concerns about incompatible development was reinforced in 2013, when Historic Fort Worth, selected Tanglewood as an “endangered neighborhood”. Historic Fort Worth, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Ft. Worth’s unique historic identify, selects special buildings and sometimes neighborhoods that they view as important architecture and our shared history. For information about this program, visit the Historic Fort Worth. (http://historicfortworth.org)
Participation on the Development Committee is open to all TNA members. The members are the eyes in the community to identify remodels and construction and, when necessary, contact the developers and home owners for resoluion of issues.
When situations arise when a home-owner wants to build outside of the City of Fort Worth’s code, the development committee works with the home owner and nearby neighbors to determine whether or not to support the cases that come before the city’s Board of Adjustment – Residential. This city council appointed board relies heavily on neighborhood association input when reviewing requests for variance.
If you are considering remodeling or rebuilding your property, we welcome conversations prior to beginning construction so that any issues are resolved in advance.
In 2014, a developer bought a property on Harlanwood with the intentions of subdividing the lot into two homes. The Development Team engaged immediately and addressed the underlying problem, which was the zoning of our homes at the time. Our homes were not zoned to reflect the actual size of the lots, and a two-year project corrected these issues.
The first phase, coordinated in 2015, rezoned the homes on the North side of Bellaire Dr. from A-5 to A-10 and A-7.5 using the petition based process. In 2016, our city councilman Zim Zimmermam, supported the Council Based process of re-zoning for the homes on the South side of Bellaire Dr. These were changed from A-5 to A-10, A-21, and A-43 which more accurately represented the actual lot sizes. While lots could still be sub-divided in the future, neighboring homeowners now have input into the approval or denial of the applications for zoning change.
Issues pertaining to scale cannot be addressed through City of Fort Worth building code or zoning. There is continued discussion to begin implementing Conservation Districts in Tanglewood. We could begin with a single street or even side of a street. The neighborhood could define specific design regulations, such as building height, which would become an overlay over city building codes. Attached is a presentation from the April 4, 2016 association meeting providing general information about this process. If anyone is interested in beginning this effort for their street, the DeveopmentCommittee is actively looking for candidates to begin this process.TanglewoodNeighborhoodPresentation. 4.4.2016
Tanglewood falls within the “TCU Overlay” implemented by the City of Fort Worth in 2014. We were fortunate that we had not yet experienced the development of “Stealth Dorms” in our community. This development typically dozed existing single family homes and constructed five bedroom/five bathroom facilities designed to house college students. We had, however, issues on several streets with large numbers of students renting homes where noise, trash, and other issues incompatible with the neighborhood became an issue.
The TCU overlay prohibits the rental of single family homes to more than three unrelated adults. Existing rental properties were grandfathered and protected from the new regulations. At the present time we are unaware of any grandfathered properties within Tanglewood. If you have concerns about a rental property near you, please contact your development committee for guidance.
See the City of Fort Worth website for more information: http://fortworthtexas.gov/rentalproperty/