Frisco ordinances adjusted to align with 'Shot Clock Bill'

A house comes out of the ground in a new neighborhood in east Frisco.

A house comes out of the ground in a new neighborhood in east Frisco.

Frisco's zoning and subdivision ordinances have been modified in preparation of a new law that will limit the amount of time cities have to act on development plans.

House Bill 3167, which goes into effect Sept. 1, gives cities 30 days to respond to plats, site plans and other development plans, leading the bill to be dubbed the "Shot Clock Bill."

In the past couple of years, these plans have taken 45-90 days to go through the approval process, said Robert Cox, Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission chairman.

State law already required cities to act on plats—or maps showing the boundaries of a development—within 30 calendar days. HB 3167 extends the requirements to other development plans, such as construction plans and site plans.

Frisco City Council and the Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission approved updating the ordinances during two Aug. 20 meetings.

Cox said Frisco would need to look at staffing and vacation time since the law restricts the time staff has to consider any plans.

“This is probably a little bit of a burden from a time frame perspective, and I fully support the changes we have to make here to comply with the law,” he said. “And hopefully over a period of time, our Legislature will fix some of these concerns and time frames so that we’re actually working together with the developers, even better together without unnecessary burden.”
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