Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission OKs downtown master plan update including a Main Street redesign

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The Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission approved the downtown master plan update during its Tuesday meeting.

The plan still needs to go before the City Council for final approval. The council will vote on the update Oct. 16.

Frisco Development Services Director John Lettelleir said one of Frisco City Council’s top priorities for 2018 was to update the 20-year-old plan.

The city hired consulting firm Gateway Planning to help update the plan and put together a downtown master plan committee made up of downtown stakeholders that met throughout the year to work with the consultant.

Commissioner David Box, who also served on the committee, said the focus of the plan was to remain pedestrian-focused and have downtown become a destination, not a thoroughfare.

Commissioner Steve Cone said the one topic that was discussed thoroughly among committee members, as well as the City Council and the P&Z commission, was Main Street.

“[We] took a lot of time on what to do with Main Street; it was deeply vetted, and we had several meetings on the redoing of Main Street,” Cone said.

The consultant worked with city staff to lay out several options for Main Street, but the preferred option was to remove the median to add a center turn lane, which would allow for narrower lanes and wider sidewalks. On-street parking would remain, but there would be an option to remove it in the future.

Another option that was considered would eliminate the median and the left-turn lanes in order to provide angled parking on both sides.

Commissioner Bobby Roberti was the only commissioner to vote against the update solely because he and three other stakeholders would have liked to explore the second option further.

However, Roberti did clarify that he believed the selected option would be successful. It was Roberti’s last meeting before stepping down from the commission.

If the plan is approved by the council, the plan will be adopted and added as an amendment to the city’s comprehensive plan.

Lettelleir said the plan is to provide guidance for the city, and anything in the plan can be subject to change if the council chooses.

Downtown Master Plan-DRAFT

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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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