Keller council members, residents discuss redefinition of 'mixed-use' in future land-use plan

Public hearing on the future land use plan will continue at the Nov. 5 city council meeting.

Public hearing on the future land use plan will continue at the Nov. 5 city council meeting.

Discussion concerning the definition of “mixed use” in land development and its place in Keller’s future land-use plan continued among City Council members and residents during the Oct. 1 council meeting and work session. This is after several Keller residents voiced concern over mixed use’s definition at the Sept. 17 City Council meeting.

During the work session, Council Member Tag Green said the definition for mixed use was updated to address redundancy and provide clarity. The future land-use plan is “visionary document” to reflect citizens’ desires for Keller’s future, he said at the work session, but it is up to council to make exceptions.

“City Council does have the authority to override [the future land-use plan]  based on [if]  a planned development makes sense to City Council to approve something that’s inconsistent to [the plan’s]  definition,” Green said at the work session.

At the Sept. 17 meeting, several residents voiced concern over the residential component of the mixed-use definition during public testimony. However, during the Oct. 1 work session, Council Member Sheri Almond said including residential could help avoid concern and confusion for future developers.

“I’m afraid if we’re too restrictive, it’s going to cause issues down the line,” she said during the work session.

Almond said including residential does not indicate she is for added apartments in Keller.

"I just want the public to understand the process that [planned developments]  go through," Almond said.

Public testimony will continue at the Nov. 5 council meeting, Mayor Pat McGrail said at the meeting. Action may be taken on the future land-use plan at the Nov. 5 meeting, he said.

Council will continue working on the mixed-use definition, said Mayor Pro Tem Sean Hicks at the meeting.
By Elizabeth Ucles
Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


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