Housing development with green rooftops gets OK from Frisco City Council

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During Tuesday’s meeting, Frisco City Council unanimously approved a zoning request for a housing development planned to have houses with green rooftops.

The development would be the first of its kind in the city and the region. It is planned to incorporate the property’s natural features, including a creek and trees, into the layout of the neighborhood. The planned development would be located on the northeast corner of Independence Parkway and Rolater Road.

The majority of residents who gave feedback to the council during Tuesday’s meeting were in favor of the proposed development. Council members called the development “innovative.”

During the Nov. 28 meeting, Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request from the owners of the property to rezone 57 acres from agriculture to single family.

Consultants with architecture and design firms Stantec and Total Environment first presented the concept to the commission during a June 13 work session. 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 developer is working with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas to have native plants incorporated into the development, including plants on the rooftops. The landscaping throughout the development includes street trees, sodded roof, and vines growing on the sides of the homes, according to the city.

According to the developer, the duplex-style homes would be sold for more than $1 million each.

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  1. Great idea, but: Massive loss of agriculturally zoned land–rezoned for wealthy individuals, and no affordable, low=income housing included in the plan? Hmmm.

  2. Lauren Galaned

    Important points Joanna! These are the points missed by so many developers. In addition, has the real maintenance costs for these green roofs been factored into this development? Poorly maintained green roofs look horrible and fail to perform the tasks of storm water management and heat island mitigation among others if they are in poor health. The issue of continued maintenance (true labor requirements and expertise) is possibly the most overlooked issue in the many green roofs we see in our city!

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Lindsey Juarez
Lindsey has been involved in newspapers in some form since high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 with a degree in Journalism. While attending UTA, she worked for The Shorthorn, the university's award-winning student newspaper. She was hired as Community Impact Newspaper's first Frisco reporter in 2014. Less than a year later, she took over as the editor of the Frisco edition. Since then, she has covered a variety of topics and issues important to the community, including the city's affordable housing shortage, the state's controversial A-F school accountability system and the city's "Bury the Lines" efforts.
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