For the past two years Denton has undergone an extensive writing of a development code update which was last written roughly 30 years ago. This code, along with the proposed zoning map defines what private landowners are legally allowed to do with their property. Will anything in the code update change our residential neighborhoods we care so much about?Read More
Modern society has normalized demonizing institutions we are skeptical of, and hoisting sacrificial heads upon double-sharpened sticks has become commonplace. Calls to “drain the swamp” and revolutions to end the reign of tyranny are a cyclical occurrence which stems from the conflict between our innate desires of power and autonomy. When malfeasance is found we are ever thankful for this protection from it, but sometimes in our haste to root out evil we punish the innocent, and all too often it is uncertain in which of these scenarios we partook. This two-ended spear has now made its way to our city of Denton.Read More
Few local ordinances have such a daily effect on our lives as those which govern our driving behavior. Even as Denton builds more bike lanes and paths, and bus service changes to accommodate areas of more dense growth, many of us still drive on a daily basis. The Denton City Council first passed an ordinance governing cell phone use while driving in 2014. The ordinance was largely promoted and understood to be a ban on texting. Late in 2016, some sizeable amendments were passed to this ordinance which are scheduled to take effect on June 1st. That’s just in time for the lesser-known holidays of National Go Barefoot Day, New Year’s Resolution Recommitment Day, or Oscar The Grouch Day. Perhaps more applicable though, it also happens to be International Children's Day, and whether we react to these changes with “Finally!” or “Get your grubby government hands off my steering wheel!”, we can all hope this ordinance results in increased safety for children in Denton. Read on to find out how these changes will affect you!Read More
Ever wondered how local ordinances are made? Feel like you’re always behind the curve, finding out about actions the city took not having provided your input? Wonder how new Denton City Council Members Gerard Hudspeth and John Ryan will vote, and how their ideas might influence future decisions? Who knows, if you attend or watch the meeting this Tuesday, it could even be more entertaining than a poorly-matched Netflix title. Read on for our council preview of the first session with two new council members to know what to expect: land transactions, street maintenance, affordable housing programs, and more!Read More
On Saturday, May 6th, cities all over Texas held elections for local city councils, school boards, mayors, and propositions. Those who voted decided some key issues for those who didn’t. As Jon Stewart quipped, “It is perhaps a sign of the strength of our republic that so few people feel the need to participate. That must be the reason.” For those who did vote, pat yourself on the back – you are unfortunately the exception that proves the rule of anemic local vote turnout.
But I get it. Election day was double-booked with the Cinco de Mayo parade and festivities! It was free comic book day! Actually, it was — don't tell me you skipped the polls AND didn't get a free comic book? Read on to learn what key decisions were made and how it will affect the future of Denton!Read More
A city council election is upon us once again. We've had plenty to say in the past, but let's get real, not enough of us vote in this election even though it is one of the most important to our daily lives. As if the voter turnout wasn't bad enough in other elections, it's basically non-existent in municipal elections. Read on for a break down of what you need to do to get up, get out, and be a good citizen in the next two weeks.Read More
As the sun bathes the city in summer light and 90-degree temps, you saunter over to the nearest polling place. The date is May 6th, and it's time to vote for your next city council representative. Read on for an in depth look into the folks that will be asking for your vote in May.Read More