The Oak Lawn Committee was formed in 1982 to respond to the initial planning strategy developed by the Oak Lawn Forum and the Urban Plan Department of the City of Dallas. The OLC is organized to address quality of life issues for the greater Oak Lawn area, such as lessening the burdens of government, lessening of neighborhood tensions, combating community deterioration, and most recently the erection of public monuments -- specifically the Legacy of Love Monument at the Oak Lawn Triangle. The Oak Lawn neighborhood was defined in Dallas city ordinances as Planned Development District No. 193 (External link opens in new tab or windowlink External link opens in new tab or windowto the City Code), the Oak Lawn Special Purpose District. The district is generally bounded by Woodall Rogers Freeway, North Central Expressway, the City of Highland Park, Inwood Road, Harry Hines Boulevard. It is almost 15 square miles in area. It is split between Dallas City Council Districts 2 and 14.(External link opens in new tab or windowClick here for a map.) The Oak Lawn Committee is a forum wherein those involved in and committed to the Oak Lawn area can exchange information and be a vehicle by which those citizens can provide input on a continuing basis to all interested parties.

The original goals for a master plan for the Oak Lawn area are still a concern of the Oak Lawn Committee:

  • To achieve buildings more urban in form
  • Protection of investment – for residential and business property
  • Protection of the environment – for safe and healthy neighborhoods
  • Protection of the “ambiance” – to preserve the human scale, mixed use, green space, and pedestrian way that is indigenous to Oak Lawn
  • Protection of the “people mix” – to preserve and maintain neighborhoods and dwelling units for the variety of people that have been drawn to Oak Lawn
  • Preservation of historic areas and structures – to maintain identity and provide continuity
  • Preservation and enhancement of parks, open spaces, and recreational facilities
  • Development and maintenance of attractive and efficient transportation systems – to serve the needs of the area, city, and region while being sensitive to the character of the Oak Lawn neighborhoods
  • Membership in the Oak Lawn Committee is open to anyone who lives or works in Oak Lawn or owns, leases, or rents property in Oak Lawn.  Annual membership dues are $50 for an individual or $100 for an organization or business with the term starting on January 1 of each year.