Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission approved a rezoning request for new homes with grassy rooftops at a meeting Tuesday.
Homes with ‘grass roofs’ are set to become a reality in Frisco.
Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request from the owners of the property to rezone 57 acres on the northeast corner of Independence Parkway and Rolater Road from agriculture to single family.
Consultants with architecture and design firms Stantec and Total Environment first presented the concept to the commission during a work session on June 13. The homes in the proposed development would have a modern, sleek interior while the outside would have customized gardens, including grassy rooftops. According to the developer, these types of homes are popular in other countries, such as India and Dubai.
The zoning request came before the commission at the Aug. 8 meeting. However, commission members still had many questions about the development and there was a mixed response from residents, so they tabled the request in order to hold another work session to discuss the case.
As a result, the developer has provided more information about the plant material that will be used. The developer has also enhanced open space amenities, upgraded the bridge design, reworked the open space and provided a connection of a trail to the cul-de-sacs within the proposed development.
At the commission’s request, the developer has also held additional homeowners association meetings with surrounding neighborhoods, including Richwoods, Lawler Park, Liberty Crossing and Hunters Creek. Developers said they generally received positive feedback from residents.
During Tuesday’s meeting, there were several residents present who spoke in favor of the development.
One resident spoke against the project, arguing the proposed developed was too different and was not likely to be successful in Frisco. Some residents said it was that uniqueness that would "place Frisco on the map."
Commissioners spoke in favor of the project and expressed appreciation for the developer in taking their questions and finding solutions to any concern they might have had.
Item will go before Frisco City Council at a later date.
Frisco Station resolves issues with Stonebriar Park residents; Commission makes change to setback distance
Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request Tuesday night from the Frisco Station Partners to amend a zoning ordinance and add a comprehensive sign package to its planned development.
The commission had previously tabled this item during its Nov. 14 meeting because residents from Stonebriar Park, the adjacent neighborhood to Frisco Station on Warren Parkway, had several concerns with the existing office building.
The residents expressed concerns with the parking garage lighting, exterior office building lighting, a lack of screening between the existing office building and the neighborhood, and the height of the security cameras.
The commission tabled the item and encouraged Frisco Station Partners to meet with residents.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Bob Campbell, Stonebriar Park HOA president, and another resident said Frisco Station Partners have met with residents, and the issues have been resolved.
Campbell thanked the commission for the opportunity to speak with the developer and voice their concerns. Campbell said the primary issue the residents had was the setback distance of the building to Warren Parkway and how close it was to the neighborhood.
After convening in a closed session to have a discussion with city staff members and lawyers, the commission approved a proposal from city staff to modify the setback distance to 75 feet along Warren Parkway.
Nicole Luna is the Senior Reporter for Frisco. She covers development, transportation, education, business and city government. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Spanish from The University of Texas at Arlington and has been with Community Impact Newspaper since June 2015.
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