On December 8, 2008, the Richardson City Council adopted Ordinance 3719, establishing the Neighborhood Development Overlay (NDO). The purpose of the ordinance is to:
- Encourage compatible development/redevelopment in established residential neighborhoods without preventing new construction, renovation, remodeling, repair or expansion
- Preserve the character, stability and livability of the neighborhood
The implementation of an NDO involves a high degree of neighborhood involvement, beginning with the formation of a Neighborhood Committee that will be responsible for much of the groundwork necessary for the filing of an application. Depending upon the details of the proposal , this work may include:
- Conducting meetings with property owners in the proposed district (required for all applications);
- Taking measurements or calculating existing setbacks (distance from the property line to the wall of the home), lot coverage, building height;
- Taking an inventory of garage conditions;
- Gaining consensus on architectural design issues; and
- Gathering signatures from property owners in the proposed district (required for all applications).
Ordinance 3719, a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the major points of the ordinance, and the NDO instruction manual can be downloaded from this website. The special equipment necessary for taking the required measurements is available for loan from the City. Neighborhood representatives interested in discussing the NDO rezoning process should contact the Development Services Department to schedule a pre-submittal conference.