BY SANDRA BAKER | JULY 16, 2016 02:26 PM
FORT WORTH - A year into his first term in office, Fort Worth Councilman Cary Moon has gained momentum in his desire — and in fulfilling a campaign promise — to change how and where apartment communities are built in his district.
After all, his District 4 includes Woodhaven, an east-side neighborhood where in the 1970s and ’80s the city concentrated the building of nearly two dozen complexes and thousands of apartments. Eventually, time took its toll and many of the apartments deteriorated. The area became notorious for having a high crime rate. It’s taken years of work to turn it around.
Moon doesn’t want that repeated anywhere in his district, or anywhere in Fort Worth, for that matter.
So, armed with the ability to himself initiate rezoning in place of the landowner, Moon last fall began the process of “down-zoning” properties away from multifamily use to single-family uses, concentrating on tracts that were classified by city staff not to be compatible with the city’s land-use policy or comprehensive plan, which guides growth and development. The council considered those cases in April and June.