Residents have the opportunity to give their opinion on the replacement of the Plano Tomorrow plan
Plano officials answered questions from the public on Thursday at a town hall on the draft global 2021 plan, which will be a guideline for Plano’s development over the next 20 to 30 years.
The comprehensive plan will replace the city’s Plano Tomorrow plan which was criticized in 2015 and led to a legal battle.
Residents opposed the dense development of the Plano Tomorrow plan, especially new apartment complexes, which they said would undermine the city’s suburban character. They also wanted more community involvement in the plan.
The draft master plan includes a future land use map; parameters for the combination of land use, height and density of buildings; an existing inventory of land use and housing and a new redevelopment and growth management policy that stipulates exceptions should only be approved with a justification of how this will benefit the surrounding neighborhoods and the community. General public.
The program included telephone and live commentary from the public. Some speakers did not give their full names. The following is a list of some of the concepts included in the audience questions.
Can residents grieve if they believe the guiding principles of the plan are not being followed?
City manager Mark Israelson said all concerns would come to him or one of his deputy city managers. He also invited anyone with concerns to email or call him.
Are there any plans for one-story houses in the future?
Developers can be “encouraged” to help meet the needs of the community, said Doug Shockey, chair of the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee (CCRP). However, developers can’t know what to build as there are so many different factors that go into the decision.
David Downs, first vice-chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said that since demand for two-story homes is high and they are quickly sold or rented, there is little incentive for developers to build one-story houses.
However, the P&Z has repeatedly mentioned to developers that the city needs more senior-friendly housing, Downs said.
Is anything being done to provide affordable housing for young families or seniors looking to downsize?
The plan supports special housing needs that include the elderly, people with disabilities and low to moderate income residents, said Mike Bronsky, vice president of the CRPC, in response. The committee would also like to see a community needs assessment to ensure the city continues to grasp what the community needs as it continues to change and evolve, he said.
What is the intent of the suburban activity category on the map?
The idea was to divide it into different sections that could be identified with different standards, housing mixes, Shockey said. The category also highlights areas for a planned combination of uses. This would include the destination shopping, entertainment and residential areas all in one.
How did the city get here?
In 2015, resident Beth Carruth submitted a petition with over 4,000 signatures asking City Council to repeal Plano Tomorrow. If it wasn’t, voters should be able to decide his fate, opponents argued. The city secretary did not forward the petition to council because leaders argued that development plans were not the subject of petitions calling for elections. In response, Carruth and four other Plano residents filed a complaint. The state’s 5th District Court of Appeals dismissed the city’s argument in July 2020 and the secretary was ordered to bring the petition within 14 days. Instead, city council members voted to cancel the plan. Since then, an interim plan dating from 1986 has been put in place.
Can I still suggest a contribution?
The entire draft global plan is available on planocompplan.org. An online survey can also be completed on the website until Monday. Once the public awareness phase is complete, feedback will be presented to City Council. If necessary, adjustments will be made to the plan. Finally, a public hearing will be held to formally adopt the plan. The public hearing will be open to the public and allow the public to comment.