OOCCL Newsletter - Quarter 1
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The hard copy version of our quarterly newsletter is available for viewing in PDF format here.

 
501(c)(3) Status and Your Neighborhood
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The IRS states in Publication 4220 that "The benefits of having 501(c)(3) status include exemption from federal income tax and eligibility to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. To qualify for these benefits, most organizations must file an application with, and be recognized by, the IRS as described in Publication 4220. Another benefit is that some organizations may be exempt from certain employment taxes.

Individual and corporate donors are more likely to support organizations with 501(c)(3) status because their donations can be tax deductible. Recognition of exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC assures foundations and other grant-making institutions that they are issuing grants or sponsorships to permitted beneficiaries.
 
Form Based Zoning Neighborhood/Developer Compromise Recieives Unanimous City Council Approval
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On Wednesday February 25, 2009, the Dallas City Council unanimously passed the developer/neighborhood compromise for Form Based Zoning that was recommended by the Advisory Committee and the City Planning Commission.  Our appreciation to our Council-members, Dr. Elba Garcia and David Neumann, for their support of this effort.  Thank you also to the Dallas Homeowner's League, Preservation Dallas, countless neighborhood organizations and OOCCL members that attended Form Based Zoning meetings over the past two years.

A special debt of gratitude is owed to League member and Advisory Committee appointee Pam Conley, who worked tirelessly over the past two years on the compromise as well as helping the issue forward through the approval process. 

The compromise represented a balance between the development community and residential neighborhoods that was respectful to all those involved.  It is a blueprint for successful results in the future regarding similar large zoning issues that affect many different parties with differing opinions. 

 
President's Letter - 1st Quarter - 2009
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In September of 1974, an organization formed to seek protection from zoning that threatened their turn-of-the-century neighborhood with traffic, land speculation and incompatible architecture.  That organization was the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League and that neighborhood was Winnetka Heights.  Oak Cliff owes much of its current success to the work of those urban pioneers plus countless others who have restored properties throughout the area ever since.  Our long-term investment of millions of dollars in personal resources and millions of hours of sweat has paid off and Oak Cliff is hot property once again.

But for those of us that live here, Oak Cliff has always been desirable…to us.  Our hills and trees are unrivaled and the level of craftsmanship and detail found in our homes is the reason we painstakingly restore them rather than tear them down and start over.  We were “sustainable” long before anyone even knew what that meant. 

 
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