With court hearing pending on Plano Tomorrow lawsuit, city planning officials postpone vote to repeal it

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Plano zoning officials have once again delayed a decision on whether to repeal the city’s comprehensive development plan.

The Plano Planning and Zoning Commission on Aug. 19 voted to table the proposal to repeal the Plano Tomorrow plan and replace it with the comprehensive development plan that was in place from 1986 until 2015.

City staff recommended the delay so they could bring in an outside consultant under the fiscal year 2019-20 budget. 

The planning and zoning vote is now scheduled for Oct. 7, about a month after the city is set to adopt next year’s budget.

In a statement delivered to planning commissioners, City Attorney Paige Mims also recommended tabling the item. A judge is expected to rule on a related court case Sept. 19, Mims said. 

The lawsuit involves a group of Plano residents who have challenged the city’s decision in 2015 to not deliver a petition to repeal the plan or require a citywide vote on its future.

Planning commissioners had already delayed the vote once before at a July 22 joint meeting with Plano City Council. Two of the council members, Rick Smith and Anthony Ricciardelli, called for a vote to repeal the plan and replace it with the former one.

But this required a recommendation vote by planning and zoning commissioners at the time, who decided to table the item until Aug. 19 so they could have more time to review the proposal.

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Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Dallas Morning News and The Associated Press in Oklahoma City.
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