Monday, February 1, 2016

POSTPONED: Oncor planned outage to affect 260 CHNA residents THIS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4

2/4/16 UPDATE at 2:56 p.m.: Oncor announced earlier this afternoon that the planned outage will not take place as scheduled tonight, due to some last minute issues that have come up. The planned outage will be rescheduled, but Oncor has not yet determined when it will take place. The Area Manager offers his apologies for any inconvenience this postponement may cause, and will let us know the new time as soon as it is available.


Earlier today, I was informed that Oncor has scheduled a planned outage that will affect approximately 260 Cottonwood Heights residents in order to safely change out a pole that is on Oncor's main feeder line on the southwest corner of Dover Drive and Beltline Road.

To minimize impact to residents, Oncor has scheduled this activity during the late night/early morning hours this coming Thursday, February 4 -- specifically, between 11 p.m. on Thursday night until about 3 to 4 a.m. on Friday morning.

Oncor is in the process of leaving the attached hanger on doors that will be affected by the outage. The affected streets include Colfax, Dalhart, Danville, Delmont, Derby, Donna, Dover and Dumont. If you live on one of these affected streets, please take all necessary steps to protect your electronic equipment and data.

I spoke with Oncor's Area Manager earlier today, who offered a sincere apology for any inconvenience caused by this outage. While Oncor does not like to impact its customers in this way, they scheduled this planned outage to ensure that this equipment would be replaced safely.

If you have any questions about this, please let me know. Thank you!

Jason Lemons
Cottonwood Heights Neighborhood Association

Monday, October 12, 2015

Support the RPD's Annual Material Drive!

The Richardson Police Department is conducting its Annual Material Drive with the National Drug & Safety League and the National Child Safety Council to raise funds to cover the cost of printing handout materials for children and other members of the community. The materials cover a broad range of important topics, including internet safety, peer pressure, bullying, violence prevention, drug education, safety for seniors, neighborhood safety, etc. The materials will be distributed at presentations with schools, churches, safety fairs and other community events throughout the city.

The Department is seeking donations to cover the cost of these materials. Donations are tax deductible, and your name or business name will be listed on the materials to be distributed.

For more information, please review the letter and donation form below or you may call Sgt. Roger Steinman at the Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4762.

Monday, October 5, 2015

BRAND NEW: League of Women Voters releases Voters' Guide for 2015 election

Yesterday, this blog posted a notice about the League of Women Voters of Richardson's upcoming public meeting discussing the proposed amendments to the city charter in preparation for the November 3 election. Earlier today, the LWV posted its 2015 Voters' Guide, which provide details on each of the 83 proposed amendments to the Richardson City Charter.

This nonpartisan, informational guide also takes time to evaluate the significance and impact of each charter change, using a three star system (with three stars signifying those amendments with the most significant impact on the city, as opposed to one star, which represents those amendments anticipated to have the least impact to the city).

This guide is just one resource available to help you prepare to make an informed vote on the charter amendments and bond proposal on November 3. Please take time to attend a public meeting and/or review published information about the items you'll be voting on prior to the election. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard with regard to the immediate future of our city - please vote!

An embedded PDF copy of the League of Women Voters of Richardson's 2015 Voters Guide can be reviewed (and downloaded) below.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

COMING SOON: League of Women Voters to host public meeting on proposed charter amendments

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, the League of Women Voters will conduct a public meeting discussing the proposed charter amendments that Richardson voters will consider on the November 3 election. The meeting will take place in the Richardson room at City Hall (411 W. Arapaho Road). Featured panelists include Robert Lowry, PhD (professor of political science at University of Texas, Dallas) and Matthew Wilson, PhD (associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University). The discussion will be moderated by Sandy Greyson, Dallas City Council Member for District 12.

Questions for the panelists can be presubmitted to For more information, please review the following flyer and press release.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

RSVP TODAY: Fall Neighborhood Leadership Workshop is Tuesday, October 20 at City Hall

Cottonwood Heights Neighborhood Association residents are invited to attend the City's 2015 Fall Neighborhood Leadership Workshop on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at City Hall. Be there at 5:30 p.m. for networking and dinner, and stay for breakout sessions covering the 2015 bond propositions and proposed changes to the city charter that Richardson residents will vote on on November 3. A 30 minute Q&A session will take place after the breakout sessions. The workshop will adjourn around 8:15 p.m.

This is an important election year, and there are many questions circulating in our community about the bond proposals and the effect of the proposed changes to the charter. This workshop is just one way to ensure that you are an informed voter when you cast your ballot this fall.

For more information, please review the agenda below or visit the COR Leadership Training page. You can RSVP for this program to Jenna Hite via email or at 972-744-4162. (This will be a well-attended program, so RSVP as soon as possible.)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BREAKING: City Council calls for November 3 election on $115 million, no-tax-rate increase bond propositions

On August 17, 2015, the Richardson City Council called for four bond propositions to be placed on the November 3 election ballot. If approved, the $115 million bond package will not result in a tax rate increase.

The first of the four propositions will fund $67 million "for renovations to several municipal buildings including the Richardson Animal Shelter, Fire Station #3 replacement, Library, and addition of a parking lot for the City’s Fire Training Center. The largest project within this proposition includes funding to expand and renovate the Richardson Public Safety Complex located at Belt Line Road and Greenville Avenue."

Proposition 2 will provide $38.57 million in funds "for 3.2 miles of rehabilitation projects for the following collector streets:
Lookout Drive - Plano Road east to terminus
Glenville Drive - Campbell Road to Commerce Drive
Custer Road - Campbell Road to Arapaho Road
West Prairie Creek Drive - Campbell Road to Collins Boulevard
Funding would also include rehabilitation projects for 1.7 miles of local streets, 3.8 miles of alley reconstruction, new traffic signals and battery backup units, the addition of turning lanes at several highly traveled intersections, and a flood prevention project impacting West Belt Line Road and Cottonwood Drive." If approved, streets adjacent to Cottonwood Heights Neighborhood Association will benefit, including the replacement of two signal cabinet and battery back up units on Coit Road and the rebuild of the traffic signal at Beltline and Mimosa.

The third proposition will fund $7.2 million "to replace five neighborhood playgrounds, the expansion of hike and bike trails at Breckinridge Park and the newly expanded Spring Creek Nature Area, renovations to the Richardson Senior Center and an updated pool building and equipment for the Canyon Creek Public Pool." Cottonwood Park is included in the list of park playgrounds to be replaced.

Finally, proposition 4 will provide $2.2 million to "replace more than 10 miles of sidewalks in five of the City’s 27 sidewalk regions." This includes a number of sidewalks within Cottonwood Heights Neighborhood Association west of Waterview Drive, south of Beltline Road, east of Coit Road and north of Spring Valley Road.

The embedded map below shows the areas to be impacted if these bond propositions are approved by voters.

The specific language of the bond resolution can be reviewed below.

Stay tuned for more details about these propositions.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Free family event on Saturday, September 19th: Richardson Police Public Safety Expo

Bring the whole family to the Richardson Police Public Safety Expo, which will be held at the Richardson Civic Center on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be face painting and a bounce house for the kids, along with police/fire vehicles (and a CareFlite helicopter) on display and SWAT and K-9 demonstrations.
The event is free, and food will be available for purchase. For more information, check out the embedded flyer.

Get Ready for National Night Out 2015!

The Richardson Police Department encourages all neighbors to participate in National Night Out 2015, which will take place in Richardson on Tuesday, October 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

National Night Out is a nationwide community building campaign intended to (1) increase crime prevention awareness, (2) encourage support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, (3) strengthen neighborhood unity and partnerships between the police and the communities it serves, and (4) send a strong message to criminals that citizens are organized and prepared to fight crime in their neighborhoods. National Night Out in Richardson is also a great opportunity to get together with your neighbors on a pleasant fall evening for a block party, cookout, parade, or whatever you and your neighbors can put together. The gathering can be big or small - the most important thing is to get outside and participate.

The RPD Crime Prevention Unit can provide additional information about planning a National Night Out block party for your neighborhood. DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER YOUR PARTY, as parties that register by the September 20 registration deadline will receive a visit from a police officer to discuss crime prevention tips and to collect canned goods for the RPD's "Can Do" project. When registering, you can also opt in to be judged in a city-wide neighborhood block party competition.

For more information, visit the RPD's Neighborhood Night Out page or contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955. To register your block party, click here. And for street blocking information, click here.

Monday, April 6, 2015

SAVE THE DATE: Spring Neighborhood Leadership Workshop is Tuesday, April 21 at City Hall

Cottonwood Heights Neighborhood Association residents are invited to attend the City's 2015 Spring Neighborhood Leadership Workshop on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at City Hall. Be there at 5:30 p.m. for networking and dinner, then stay  for an overview of the City's policy for regulating group homes and for strategies on conserving water. The program will conclude around 8:30 p.m.

For more information, please visit the COR Leadership Training page. You can RSVP for this program to Jenna Hite.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

SAVE THE DATE: League of Women Voters of Richardson to host candidates forum for Texas HD 102 on October 8, 2014

From a recently released LWV of Richardson press release:
The League of Women Voters of Richardson and the Richardson Independent School District Council of PTAs will hold a candidates forum for candidates vying for Texas House District 102. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the small gym at Westwood Junior High School, 7630 Arapaho Road, in Dallas. 
The candidates in ballot order are Linda Koop, Republican and George M. Clayton, Democrat. The candidates will be given the opportunity to make comments as to why they should be voted in as District 102 representative. They will also answer questions from the audience. Questions can be submitted in advance by sending them to Emailed questions will be given the same consideration as questions submitted at the event. The questions will be screened according to League of Women Voters of Texas Guidelines
The public is invited to this meeting that should provide guidance in deciding which candidate to send to Austin representing the people in District 102. 
The meeting is funded by the League of Women Voters of Texas Education Fund through donations from Richardson area residents and businesses.
Remember that the deadline to vote in the November 4, 2014 general election is October 6, 2014. If you have not registered or are not sure whether you are registered to vote, you may determine your eligibility or request a voter registration application here.

Click here for more information from the LWV of Richardson about the general election.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 2014 Fall Neighborhood Leadership Workshop will take place at Richardson City Hall on Tuesday, October 21

The City will host its 2014 Fall Neighborhood Leadership Workshop on the evening of Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Grand Hall in Richardson City Hall.

Programs will focus on social networking for neighborhoods, with an emphasis on NextDoor was established to be the social networking platform for neighborhoods, and is the preferred networking platform for the Richardson Police Department for interfacing with homeowners and neighborhoods in our community. (Visit and join Cottonwood Heights' NextDoor page here.)

The programs will begin at 7 p.m., but you don't want to miss the catered dinner that will be provided and networking opportunities beforehand.

Please review the invitation below for more information. You may RSVP for this event to Jenna Hite at or 972-744-4162. The RSVP deadline is October 18, 2014. This is always a popular event, so register as soon as possible.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

LAST CHANCE: Register Your National Night Out Block Party by Friday, September 19!

National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. The City of Richardson will again compete in Category 2, which includes cities with populations from 100,000 to 299,999, for first place in the nation in building relationships between neighborhoods and the police to help fight crime. 

According to the Richardson Police Department, National Night Out was founded 31 years ago to "heighten crime prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back." 

If you have not already registered your NNO block party, you have until Friday, September 19 to do so. Your party can be as small or large as you want it to be; some neighborhoods have parades and festivals, while others may just opt for a simple cookout with lawn chairs. Your party should fit your neighborhood's style and personality... after all, participation in the program is the most important thing.

Click here to register your party. For street blocking information, click here

Good luck! Let's make this year's National Night Out one to remember!

Monday, September 1, 2014

NEXT SATURDAY: RPD hosts Public Safety Expo at Richardson Civic Center

On September 6th 2014, the Richardson Police Department will be hosting a Pre-“National Night Out” event for the residents of Richardson or anyone interested in reducing crime and learning how to make their home a safer place. The Expo will be held at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. The Public Safety Expo is open to the public on September 6th 2014 from 10am until 2pm.  
Representatives from Home Depot, Lowes, ADT Security, United States Army, Care Flight, North Texas Auto Theft Task Force, along with many others. The Richardson Police Department Crime Prevention Unit will be on hand to answer any questions and provide valuable information on crime trends in the area. There will be Police, Fire, and Military vehicles to view along with a visit from the Care Flight Helicopter. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and there will be activities available for all ages. Come out and help us give crime a going away party! See you there!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BREAKING: Once-a-Week Watering Begins Sunday, August 31

The City of Richardson announced that it was changing current Stage Three watering restrictions to once-a-week watering, effective this Sunday (August 31, 2014). This decision was based on the North Texas Municipal Water District's decision to increase water usage in order to maintain water quality within its service system.

See the City's press release for more details: 

Monday, April 14, 2014

IMPORTANT: City Plan Commission public hearing THIS TUESDAY on a request for a change in zoning affecting the West Spring Valley Redevelopment Plan


I encourage you to make room in your schedule this Tuesday evening, April 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. to attend the Richardson City Plan Commission's public hearing on a request made by a developer for a change in zoning that will affect the West Spring Valley Redevelopment Plan (more specifically, the old Continental Inn site). The public hearing will take place in Council Chambers at Richardson City Hall (411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX 75080).

For those of you new to the neighborhood, the Continental Inn was once a full-service hotel that, in the course of several decades, deteriorated into a cesspool of criminal activity and became Richardson’s most notorious symbol of the creeping blight that threatened the vitality of Cottonwood Heights, other adjacent neighborhoods and the community at large. The situation festered until leaders in the Cottonwood Heights, Richardson Heights and Heights Park Neighborhood Associations banded together to come up with a set of grassroots proposals based on empirical evidence in other communities that, if implemented, could revitalize our area and make it desirable and relevant to the needs of 21st century families. After two years of collaboration between neighborhood leaders, city staff, elected officials, paid consultants and local businesses, the West Spring Valley Redevelopment Plan was presented to the Richardson City Council, who unanimously voted in favor of rezoning the nearly 200-acre area (which included the old Continental Inn) as a planned development. The City’s first major act in accordance with the Plan was the purchase of the Continental Inn property and its subsequent demolition in the summer of 2012. Simply put, the West Spring Valley Redevelopment Plan is an unprecedented example of grassroots neighborhood leaders coming together with other community stakeholders to formulate a long-term, forward-looking strategy for renewing and revitalizing our neighborhoods. In 2012, the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association even recognized the Plan as an exemplary project.

The public hearing on Tuesday is related to a developer's request for a change in zoning to allow for the development of multiple pad restaurant sites where the old Continental Inn once stood. The CHNA board believes that the development proposed significantly deviates from the West Spring Valley Redevelopment Plan and its quality is insufficient to justify the proposed zoning change. 

Please review the developer's proposed plan here, which begins at page 140 of the agenda packet. If you can make it, I strongly encourage you to attend Tuesday's meeting to show your support for the West Spring Valley Redevelopment Plan. If you feel comfortable speaking in favor of the City continuing its support for the plan the Council endorsed in 2011, please do so. If you would prefer not to speak, you can still fill out a speaker's card denoting your support for the plan. In the end, there is strength in numbers and we encourage you to step up in support of your neighborhood.

(Please note that we anticipate that this will be a long meeting, as there are multiple agenda items outside of this particular zoning case. On top of that, some of you may have RSVP'd to attend the 2014 Spring Neighborhood Leadership Workshop that will be held in the Grand Hall on the same evening. I will make every effort to keep those of you interested in attending both events apprised of progress at the CPC meeting.)

Thank you for all that you do to make our neighborhood vibrant, friendly and desirable. If you have any questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,
Jason Lemons
CHNA President