Approved: Zoning For Taller DCC Tennis Building

The tennis building at the Dallas Country Club could come down this summer to make way for a modern replacement with twice as many courts.

The project still needs the approval of club members.

(ABOVE: Kirk Smith, assistant director of town services, discusses zoning changes with the Town Council. Photo by William Taylor)

To that end, Mac Wesson and Bill Wilshusen have been working with Highland Park town leaders to get the project ready for a membership vote this spring. Wesson chairs the club committee working on the project and Wilshusen is the club’s past president.

On Monday, the Town Council amended the Country Club Zoning District to allow for a taller building to go up about 17-feet closer to the north side of Mockingbird Lane than the one there now.

The new regulations would allow the building to be nearly 46.9-feet-tall, almost 7-feet taller than what was allowed in the zoning district before and come within 2.5 feet of the property line along Mockingbird Lane.

But Wesson predicted the new building wouldn’t be quite as close to Mockingbird as the new zoning rules would allow.

He said the building is still being designed, and he didn’t have a cost estimate for it.

What is planned, he said, is for the building to be similar in size, but instead of having a pitched roof, it would have a flat one, allowing for four courts on top as well as four inside. The existing building only has the four interior courts.

William Taylor

William Taylor, editor of Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People, shares a name and a birthday with his dad and a love for community journalism with his colleagues at People Newspapers. He joined the staff in 2016 after more than 25 years working for daily newspapers in such places as Alexandria, Louisiana; Baton Rouge; McKinney; San Angelo; and Sherman, though not in anywhere near that order. A city manager once told him that “city government is the best government” because of its potential to improve the lives of its residents. William still enjoys covering municipal government and many other topics. Follow him on Twitter @Seminarydropout. He apologizes in advance to the Joneses for any angry Tweets that might slip out about the Dallas Cowboys during the NFL season. You also can reach him at For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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