Housing with grassy rooftops? Developer pitches eco-friendly luxury homes in Frisco

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During a June 13 work session of the Planning and Zoning Commission, a local developer pitched a new housing concept to Frisco—and anywhere else in the U.S.

Consultants with architecture and design firms Stantec and Total Environment presented a concept for a 57-acre, single-family home development on the northeast corner of Independence Parkway and Rolater Road. The 120-lot development would consist of luxury homes featuring low-energy, environmentally friendly products.

Based on renderings provided by the consultants, homes would have a modern, sleek interior while the outside would have customized gardens, including grassy rooftops. These types of homes are popular in other countries such as India and Dubai, and, if approved, would be the first in the U.S., according to developers.

Currently the land is zoned for agriculture and the developer must seek a zoning change before development could take place.

Commissioners said they needed more details regarding the building materials and how the homes would meet the city’s development standards. They said they would also like to know more about the existing projects in other countries to see if there would be any potential problems with this type of house.

The commissioners agreed to hold another work session with the City Council to discuss the project.

“I think this is unique…but we just need to make sure this is something we all buy into,” Commissioner Robert Cox said. “We just don’t want [the developer]to waste [their]time [only]for it to be denied later on.”

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