Frisco to support development, hyperlocal laws in 2021

Frisco is supporting laws that encourage hyperlocal control and development in this legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Frisco is supporting laws that encourage hyperlocal control and development in this legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Frisco is supporting laws that encourage hyperlocal control and development in this legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The city of Frisco has made its guiding principles toward the upcoming state legislative session clear: Bring power down to the local level.

“The City will support legislation that will protect local governance and decision-making, and oppose legislation that would, in any way, erode current municipal authority, impose costs, impact revenue, or otherwise negatively affect the City’s residents,” the city’s 2021 State Legislative Agenda states under “Frisco’s highest priority.”

In summary, Frisco officials want to support legislation that enables hyperlocal control, including that which spurs economic development, bond issuance for public projects and the use of tax dollars to lobby or hire representatives.

Frisco also opposes legislation “that would impair the growth of economic stability,” the agenda reads. That includes mandatory tax rate ratification elections and reduced rollback petition requirements, officials said.

“We feel like we know how to better serve this community because we are looking you in the eye,” Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said in an Oct. 6 City Council meeting at which the legislative agenda was discussed. “Not necessarily people sitting in Austin know the wants and needs of Frisco.”

To that end, the city of Frisco aims to see “beneficial amendments” to House Bill 2439, which pertains to the building products, materials or methods used in the construction or renovation of residential or commercial buildings, according to the state’s online bill directory.

Frisco also seeks amendments to House Bill 3167, otherwise known as “the 30-day shot-clock bill,” which stipulates that the municipal authority responsible for approving developmental plats shall “approve, approve with conditions, or disapprove [act on] a plan or plat within 30 days after the date the plan or plat is filed.” Both bills passed in the last legislative session and are now state law.
By Matt Payne
Matt Payne reports on Frisco City Hall and its committees, Collin County Commissioners and McKinney business. His experience includes serving as online content editor at Fort Worth Magazine and city editor at the Killeen Daily Herald. He is a 2017 graduate of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.


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