District 13

​​​Council Member Jennifer Staubach Gates

City Council District 13​

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

First, I would like to thank all of those who supported me during the campaign and have given me the opportunity to serve as your  elected Council Member for District 13. I am honored to have this opportunity to represent District 13 on the City Council, and I will continue to learn, research, and explore City Council issues so I can best represent you as your Council Member....

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 News and Updates​



March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Update, March 19.pdf

March 17, 2020

Dallas Municipal Court rescheduling trials, hearings, jury duty

The City of Dallas Municipal Court, located at 2014 Main Street, is rescheduling all trials, hearings and jury duty to a later date. There will be no civil or criminal trials or hearings such as pre-trial hearings, contested hearings, show cause hearings, etc. beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, through Friday, May 8, 2020. 

Persons with scheduled trials, hearings, or jury duty appearances will be notified by mail with a new date and time. If individuals have questions, please call courts at 214-670-0190 or chat with a court clerk online at courts.dallascityhall.com.

Walk-in courts and jail cases will proceed as normal. The City of Dallas Municipal Court Building will remain open. Staff is available to assist attorneys and defendants with clerical functions such as filings, answering questions, taking payments, records, setting up payment plans, etc.

Defendants seeking to resolve their citation(s) without coming downtown, can do so online at courts.dallascityhall.com, by mail or phone by calling 214-670-0109 or 3-1-1.

March 16, 2020

Please see the latest newsletter below:

Coronavirus Update March 16 2020.pdf 

Additional regulations will go into effect tonight to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Effective tonight:
- No gatherings 50+
- Bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues, dine-in restaurants, gyms and more will be closed to the public

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Learn more: dallascityhall.com/coronavirus


March 13, 2020

Public Affairs and Outreach

City parks, libraries and cultural facilities closures 

In response to the declaration of a Local State of Disaster and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, starting Saturday, March 14, 2020, public access is closed to all City of Dallas libraries, neighborhood cultural centers and recreation centers through Friday, March 20, 2020. All City programs are suspended until further notice and the City is contacting groups with reservations to cancel and reschedule those bookings.

Athletic fields will be closed for all reservations and organized play. For additional information from Parks & Recreation, please see www.dallasparks.org.

Dallas Public Library staff will be answering phones and responding to customer emails. To find the contact information for your library branch visit  www.dallaslibrary.org.

For additional information about neighborhood cultural centers including the Bath House Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, Oak Cliff Cultural Center and South Dallas Cultural Center, please visit www.dallasculture.org.

On March 12, 2020, Mayor Eric Johnson issued a Proclamation Declaring a Local State of Disaster in response to evidence of community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) within the city of Dallas.

For more information on the City's efforts, visit www.dallascityhall.com/coronavirus.

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The City of Dallas is closely monitoring the national outbreak of the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19.

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How is COVID-19 transferred? Know the facts and stay up-to-date on the City’s website.
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La Ciudad de Dallas está trabajando activamente con oficiales del condado y del estado en la prevención, reacción y esfuerzo de recuperación del virus COVID-19.  

  • El edificio municipal seguirá abierto, sin embargo, no habrán juntas individuales en el concejo o en las oficinas del distrito.  
  • No habrá juntas personales. Las juntas pueden ser coordinadas con las oficinas especificas del concejo vía teleconferencia. 
  • Personal del concejo estará trabajando y respondiendo remotamente. 

Información adicional será publicada en el sitio de web de la Ciudad y será actualizada diariamente con información adicional tan pronto como se tenga disponible.  

El Concejo convocará a una junta especial  el día miércoles, 18 de marzo a las 9 a.m. 

El espacio es limitado pero la junta será transmitida por el canal 95 de Spectrum Cable y dallascitynews.net/watch-live. 

Por favor contáctenos  a la direccion district13@dallascityhall.com 

Para mayor información visite: City Of Dallas COVID-19

Coronavirus Update March 12 2020 

 March 12 2020.pdf 

Coronavirus Update March 9th 2020 

Good Evening, 

I received the following update from Jon Fortune, the Assistant City Manager overseeing Public Safety. I again want to reiterate, for those of you who have pre-existing conditions, are elderly, are considered high risk or are caretakers for those who are considered high risk, please take every precaution and avoid large gatherings to limit potential exposure. While the risk may seem low now, as more tests become available the situation could change very quickly. My office will continue to update you as we learn more.  

As of today, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city of Dallas or Dallas County. There is a report of a Collin County resident who is "presumptive positive" for COVID-19. 

The status of the City's planning and preparedness efforts are listed below:

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and leadership met at 11 a.m. to continue discussing planning and steps to take as testing becomes more prevalent.

Convention and Event Services (CES) has received various inquiries on the possible cancelation of the St. Patrick's Day parade this weekend. At this time, events permitted through CES will continue as scheduled. A statement is included here and will be distributed to event organizers.

  • OEM continues to participate in national and regional conference calls with our counterparts in other areas to coordinate policy, procedure and best practices for responding to COVID-19. This includes a daily conference call with Dallas County Health and Human Services, which began today.
  • Guidance on travel and related questions are available at CDC's website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html 

To assist in your planning, the CDC has issued guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. Some of the key recommendations from the CDC guidance include:

  • Take steps to prevent the introduction of respiratory germs into your facility. Consider restricting visitors to your facility. Post signs at the entrance of your facility instructing visitors not to visit if they have symptoms of respiratory infection. The CDC has examples for signs your facility can use. Encourage employees to stay home if they are sick.
  • Monitor residents and employees for fever or respiratory symptoms. Isolate residents with fever or acute respiratory symptoms to their room, except for medically necessary procedures.
  • Identify dedicated employees to care for COVID-19 patients and provide infection control training, such as the CDC's free online training course - The Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Training.
  • Support hand and respiratory hygiene, as well as cough etiquette by residents, visitors, and employees. Make sure hygiene products like hand sanitizer, soap and paper towels are easily accessible to residents and employees.
  • Notify facilities prior to transferring a resident with an acute respiratory illness, including suspected or confirmed COVID-19, to a higher level of care.

Additionally, you need to prepare your organization as a business for the effect that a potential COVID-19 outbreak would have on your operations, such as the loss of staff or volunteers due to illness. The CDC has issued interim guidance for businesses and employers, which includes considerations for determining how to respond to a potential COVID-19 outbreak. Some of the key considerations are:

  • Prepare for possible increased numbers of employee or volunteer absences due to illness in employees and their family members, or due to employees needing to stay home to watch their children if schools or after school programs are suspended
  • Explore whether you can establish policies and practices to increase the physical distance among employees, such as flexible work sites (e.g., telecommuting) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts)
  • Cross-train personnel to perform essential functions so that the workplace is able to operate even if key staff members are absent
  • Be prepared to change your business practices if needed to maintain critical operations (e.g., identify alternative suppliers, prioritize customers, or temporarily suspend some of your operations if needed). 

Dallas Counyt Health & Human Services (DCHHS) will continue to provide updates to the community about COVID-19. Attached is a Frequently Asked Question handout with additional information on best practices.You can also call DCHHS at 972-692-2780 between the hours of 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Monday - Friday. 

COVID -19 FAQS (English) 

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For detailed information regarding the coronavirus, please visit the CDC website.  

Dallas County Health and Human Services is the centralized resource for health safety in Dallas County. Please visit their website for more information. The City of Dallas has additional information on their website.  

John Hopkins University created this interactive map to track the coronavirus world-wide. Find the desktop version here and the mobile version here.  

While the City, County, State and Federal government will be working closely to contain the virus, we have a collective responsibility to maintain healthy habits. If you are sick, please stay home. And, I cannot emphasize this enough, wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds frequently throughout the day.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to my Council Liaison, Sarah Evans, by phone at 214-670-3816 or email at sarah.evans@dallascityhall.com


Coronavirus Update March 7th 2020 

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February 2020 District 13 Atmos Project Tracker

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1.28.2020 DPD/Dallas Online Reporting System (DORS)

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1.14.2020 Love Field Good Neighbor Program Meeting Update

 Councilmember Gates attended the Love Field Good Neighbor Program Meeting on January 14, 2020. She wanted to share the information with neighbors that were unable to attend, as well as a community input survey below:

Love Field Good Neighbor.pdf

Love Field Alternate Entry.pdf

Survey:  http://bit.ly/GNP-CommunitySurvey

January 2020 Dallas Water Utilities Pipeline Project Update

Please see the latest summary of DWU pipeline projects in District 13: District 13 Pipeline Projects - January 2020.



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Preston Center Parking Garage 2nd Public Meeting

On January 31, 2019, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the City of Dallas will host a Public Meeting to discuss the future of the Preston Center Garage. This is your opportunity to provide input about the current garage, as well as your vision of what it should be for Preston Center. The meeting will be from 6-8:00 pm at the Walnut Hill Recreation Center, 10011 Midway Road, Dallas, TX 75229. 

The survey and Public Meeting are part of the Parking Garage and Transportation Interface Study. The Study is an analysis that follows the community-led Northwest Highway and Preston Road Area Plan, which was completed at the end of 2016. This Study will evaluate the recommendations of the Area Plan for a new, underground garage with green space on top, and possibly some technology improvements/modifications that could be made in the near-term. The Study will also evaluate access and connections from Northwest Highway to the parking structure. 

This will be the second Public Meeting; the first was held on September 6 at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. This link will take you to a presentation shared at the 9/6 Public Meeting:

www.nctcog.org/planningstudies (Click on 'Dallas Preston Center Garage Study')

Please share the link and news of the 1/31 Public Meeting with your neighbors or anyone you think may be interested in the study. 


Plans to mitigate DNT and Northwest Highway congestion

Read the recent memo from Transportation Department Director,  Michael Rogers,  which highlights how the City and its partner agencies, NTTA and the North Central Texas Council of Governments, are working to alleviate congestion in the area including Preston Center and the fire station signal.


How to Register to Speak at a City Council Meeting

A person wishing to address the city council must first register with the city secretary and provide the following information: Name, residence address, daytime telephone number, the subject matter to be presented, and whether the subject is on the current city council meeting agenda. A person may register in person, by electronic mail (CitySecretary@dallascityhall.com), or by telephone (214-670-3738). The earliest a person may register for an upcoming city council meeting is 8:15 a.m. of the next regular business day following the previous city council meeting. The deadline for registering to address the council at a city council meeting is 5:00 p.m. of the last regular business day preceding the meeting. No person may register to speak during an open microphone period more than once within any 30-day period.  This is anticipated to be the process, however, rules may be suspended to accommodate neighborhood speakers.

How to View Upcoming Agendas

Upcoming Agendas with Agenda Item Details, once posted, may be found at this website: www.dallascityhall.com/government/Pages/Council-Agenda.aspx



Preston Center Parking Garage and Transportation Interface Study 

Update 9.12.18

9/6 Preston Center Garage Study Public Meeting #1

This link will take you to a presentation shared at the September 6 Public Meeting. You can view the presentation and meeting materials as follows:

www.nctcog.org/planningstudies (Click on ‘Dallas Preston Center Garage Study’)


We want to let District 13 constituents know of an upcoming opportunity where you'll be able to provide your thoughts and ideas about parking at Preston Center. 

The City of Dallas and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) are seeking input through an online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/prestoncenterparking, as well as holding a Public Meeting for the community: 

Public Meeting Details

Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church

8011 Douglas Ave.

Dallas, TX 75225 


The survey and Public Meeting are part of the Parking Garage and Transportation Interface Study. The Study is an analysis that follows the community-led Northwest Highway and Preston Road Area Plan, which was completed at the end of 2016. This Study will evaluate the recommendations of the Area Plan for a new, underground garage with green space on top, and possibly some technology improvements/modifications that could be made in the near-term. The Study will also evaluate access and connections from Northwest Highway to the parking structure. 

We hope you'll join the discussion and attend the Public Meeting on September 6th. This is your opportunity to provide input about the current garage, as well as your vision of what it should be for Preston Center.

Please let others know about this opportunity by forwarding it on to your neighbors or anyone you think may be interested in the study. 

For more information, go to www.nctcog.org/planningstudies or call Judy Meyer at 214-499-4661.

Anyone needing language interpretation or special accommodations for a disability at the public meeting, or to complete the survey, should contact Judy no later than Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.


Helpful Information​​​​


​​​District 13 Zoning Change Applications​​   


Pending City Council

Z189-282.  11029 Royal Haven, Child Care Facility.  CC 12/11/19


  • Z178-358  CPC 11-7-19

Pending City Plan Commission

  • Z178-267 - 2929 Carlisle - CPC on 10-3-19 instructed staff to re-advertise for a PD

  • Z189-153    7735 and 7777 Manderville Ln.pdf General Zoning Change to MU-3 with proposed deed restrictions. CPC 1/23/2020

  • Z189-231 PC Village Apartment Dallas Lovers Lane/Skillman/Northwest Highway, TXU right-of-way. Amend PDD 916 so as to allow uses to be addressed from Private Drives rather than the nearest public street. Pending CPC.
  • Z189-286 Pending CPC.
  • Z189-319   Pending CPC.

Currently Under Staff Review

189-179 Planned Development District for an animal shelter or clinic with outside runs

  • Z189-179 Dallas ISD Park Lane and Eastridge Drive, SW sorner. Planned Development District for a public school other than an open enrollment charter school. In Review.

                        District 13 Board  of Adjustmen​t Applications

BDA 189-118  5867 Park Ln.pdf Special Exception to fence height.

BDA 189-126 4047 Cochran Chapel Road Special Exception to the required 10 ft set back.  The Flood Plan does not allow to set the garage at the rear of lot.

BDA 189-131 11241 Rosser Road Special Exception of fence height to allow 10 ft fence in a required front yard where the maximum fence height is 4 ft.