Frisco to reconsider whether some developments can use turf

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The city of Frisco is going to review its zoning ordinance after an apartment complex was cited for having artificial turf.

The property owners of Olympus Boulevard, an urban living apartment complex in Frisco Square, asked Frisco City Council to allow the property to keep its artificial turf during the March 19 meeting.

The complex was cited in August for having artificial turf, which is not allowed in the city’s zoning ordinance.

Doug Palmer, national director of construction for Olympus Property, pointed out at the meeting that other residential properties in Frisco have turf and that The Star in Frisco and Frisco ISD use turf for their fields.

“Part of being in the multifamily business, you’ve got to know what you’re up against,” he said. “When we bought this property, we knew that there were other properties that use artificial turf.”

Other complexes in Frisco have also recently been cited for their artificial turf, Frisco Planning Manager Anthony Satarino said.

Several council members said they do not mind artificial turf as long as it is maintained well and agreed it was time to revisit that portion of the ordinance.

The council voted to table Olympus Boulevard’s request until Sept. 17 to allow time for city staff to work on updating the ordinance.

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  1. The artificial turf/grass ordinance should be revised for ALL of Frisco, commercial, multi-unit developments and home owners. With the cities growth, rising water rates and declining water resources every summer, this is an old school mentality. The City Council makes decisions on improving so much around us, yet, we are consistently held hostage by mandated water restrictions every.single.summer.
    I wish this had been not been tabled for September. I would be so much better to make the call to allow artificial turf for ALL Frisco residents prior to going into the hottest months of the year. The City shouldn’t be dictating yes or no to artificial grass anyway, in my option. It’s an overreach that needs to be released to the property owners’ decision.

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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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