Tuesday’s discussion focused on defining future allowable uses for two of the six “opportunity areas” defined in the plan.
Opportunity areas are areas of the city that remain undeveloped, and those areas make up about 3% of the city, according to City Manager Paul Stevens.
The council discussed opportunity Area 1, which is off of Village Parkway in northwest Highland Village, striking high-density residential uses for that area from the plan. Opportunity Area 5, a space between Cooperas Branch Court and Cooperas Branch Road on the east side of the city, was also discussed, with the council striking entertainment, hospitality and restaurant uses from the northern section of the area and striking entertainment and hospitality uses from the southern section.
Eight residents spoke during the visitor comments section of the meeting. All eight expressed concern over the drafted comprehensive plan updates, and five opposed the recommended uses for opportunity Area 1.