Online Zoning Data

Would you be in favor of the City creating a publicly accessible online database for Zoning Permits?

Mayor

Lynn McBee - Did not respond.

Jason Villalba - Did not respond.

Scott Griggs - I support a publicly accessible, online electronic system for building permits.  Interested parties should be able to file for building permits electronically and a publicly accessible, online database should be part of this system.
During my time on the Dallas City Council, I have supported initiatives to increase transparency, including the following websites:
City of Dallas Zoning:  https://gis.dallascityhall.com/zoningweb/
City of Dallas Market Value Analysis (MVA): https://dallascityhall.com/departments/pnv/Pages/MarketValueAnalysis.aspx
City of Dallas 2017 Bond Program: https://gis.dallascityhall.com/bond2017/
I am committed to continue to improve these online database resources.

Mike Ablon - Did not respond.

Miguel Solis - Yes, City Hall should be accessible to the people it serves.

Alyson Kennedy - Did not respond.

Regina Montoya - Yes. I’d also like to see more transparency with our permitting. I’ve already said I support a permitting system like they have in Las Vegas (with a smart phone app). Not only does it streamline the process, it removes any subjectivity, and a potential for graft or other ways people can move ahead in the queue. I am in favor of any process that promotes more accountability with our permits.

Eric Johnson - Did not respond.

Albert Black - Yes. I am running for mayor to bring better governance to Dallas – and transparency is a key part.


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Giovanni “Gio” Valderas - Yes. I think the fewer obstacles we have for citizens to secure permits, the less frustration they’ll experience. As for businesses and making sure that any citizen can see what’s being proposed in their neighborhood, an online database provides an efficient way to access this information. This can also relieve some of the pressure on City staff, potentially freeing them up to address other areas of concern that cannot be dealt with except by interacting with staff.

Jeremy T. Boss - Did not respond.

Sylvana Alonzo - Did not respond.

Chad West - 100% yes. And while serving on the City Plan Commission, I recommended this to Sustainable Development & Construction.


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Adam Medrano - Absolutely, citizens have been requesting this for years.

Paul A. Freeman - Did not respond.

Barbara Coombs - Did not respond.


Davante D. Peters - Did not respond.

Denise Benavides - Did not respond.

Casey Thomas, II - Did not respond.

Charletta Rogers Compton - Yes.

Britannica Scott - Yes, I believe transparency with the community is extremely important. Making this information available to its residents will help build confidence in the leadership and the City attention to pollution and protecting its residents.
In addition, this is a great opportunity for entrepreneurship. Local non-profits and businesses that wish to develop in our community should have access to this information to keep the community and business informed.

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Dawn M. Blair - Did not respond.

Carolyn King Arnold - Most definitely. It is so important to have information that will allow the residents within a targeted area to know what actions are impacting their community -before it happens. This practice simply reinforces the democratic process. Government should continue to support the principles on which it was built - “of the people, by the people, and for the people”

Keyaira D. Saunders - Did not respond.

Karon “K” Flewellen - Did not respond.

Asa O. Woodberry - Did not respond.

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Yolanda “Faye” Williams - Did not respond.

Jaime Resendez - If you are referring to zoning change applications, I would support a publicly accessible online database for citizens to find out about the filing and status of zoning change requests.

Ruth Torres - I would like to know the purpose, pros and cons, cost and if this function could be added to the existing system.

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Tony Carrillo - Did not respond.

Omar Narvaez - Yes, and many residents have been asking for this.

Monica R. Alonzo - Did not respond.

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Tiffinni A. Young - Did not respond.

Adam Bazaldua - Yes, I support any efforts to increase transparency in our local government.

Kevin Felder - Yes. This issue is the biggest issue for contractors that I hear on a regular basis. There is too much red tape and bureaucracy at the planning and zoning department. Going online is an excellent way to speed up the zoning permit process.

Joseph Thomas - Did not respond.

Sandra Crenshaw - Did not respond.

Yvette Gbalazeh - Did not respond.

Calvin D. Johnson - Did not respond.

Sade' Johnson - Did not respond.

Korey Deon Mack - Did not respond.

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Tennell Atkins - Yes, I strongly support zoning permits being made accessible online.

Erik Wilson - Yes, I would.

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Tamara "Tami" Brown Rodriquez - Did not respond.

Erin Moore - Yes. I think the city zoning process needs to be as transparent as possible. Any publicly available information should actually be available to the public. Zoning information is important to residents, business owners, developers, and many other groups. Currently, the City of Dallas only posts zoning maps and has a searchable GIS map but it requires case numbers or other similar hard-to-find information. A searchable database would allow for residents to look at who owns every city lot in a neighborhood, as well as what they’re using the land for and access information on all pending rezoning projects to see what the city plans on changing.

Sarah Lamb - Absolutely. I am in favor of transparency and providing ease of access to information for the residents of Dallas.

Paula Blackmon - I am in favor of a publicly accessible database for Zoning permits. While talking to individuals across the district, I have heard how cumbersome and time consuming the zoning permit process is. The City needs to improve its customer service to residents and builders alike. Have a publicly accessible online database for zoning permits would allow applicants to know the status of their permit and check in regularly on their progress AND it would allow residents the ability to see if anything environmentally harmful is being considered around their neighborhood.

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Sirrano Keith Baldeo - If you mean the public viewing who applied for permits, absolutely, In December of 2018, I spoke forcefully at the CDC as to why the applicants were not posted directly on their page. If you mean application, that too.

D'Andrala "Dede" Alexander - Yes, I favor complete transparency in all sectors of our regional government and support the greater opportunities for public input that City Council will have as a result of public online access. I further encourage partners in this effort to approach the opportunity in ways that include transparency measures for those with limited or no online access.

Adam McGough - Did not respond.

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Curtis T. Harris - Did not respond.

Lee M. Kleinman - Did not respond.

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Carolyn "Cookie" Peadon - I believe in open records. Having read-only access to a user-friendly, easily navigated online database of zoning permits would further the ability of concerned citizens to have access to the information pertinent to their neighborhoods. They would then have the ability to prepare and present their concerns. Last minute notification, with limited 200-500-foot notification does not allow the entire community to be involved in decisions that impact them.

Cara Mendelsohn - YES!!!! Everything about our permit process needs to be reorganized and put online to be transparent to the citizens.

Daniel Powell - Yes, I believe in transparency and accessibility of records. I would support a database of Zoning Permits.

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Jennifer Staubach Gates - Did not respond.

Laura Miller - Did not respond.

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Philip T. Kingston - Building permits are already online. An online resource for zoning application would be of great benefit to neighbors and developers.

David Blewett - Dallas has a clear policy on transparency. The problem is many times we skirt the requirements. I am a firm believer that the City’s business is the people’s business and should be open.

Warren Ernest Johnson - I would be happy to participate. I support all the measures in the questionnaire. I also practice green policies in my personal life. I live in a 850 square foot condo though I could easily afford a much larger and more energy consuming home. I recycle. I buy very little and only what I need. I walk to the store and other places that are within a mile. I use mass transit whenever possible. I drive a 2018 Hyundai Ioniq that recently achieved 62 mpg in city driving !  Others talk it. I live it.

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