Plano proposes fewer multifamily units for Oak Point redevelopment project after elected officials weigh in

Lavon Farms, a family-owned dairy farm in east Plano, sits at the heart of the cityu2019s development plans for the Oak Point area.

Lavon Farms, a family-owned dairy farm in east Plano, sits at the heart of the cityu2019s development plans for the Oak Point area.

The team behind Plano’s Envision Oak Point project presented a revised plan on Monday that announced a 38 percent reduction in the planned number of multifamily residential units in the largely rural, east Plano area.

The reduction in multifamily presented at Monday's Plano Planning and Zoning Commission meeting corresponds with a 30 percent increase in the number of single-family residential uses in the plan. The changes were made after the city staff analyzed feedback from Plano residents, as well as elected officials who offered direction to the staff in a joint work session in January.

Planning and zoning commissioners seemed satisfied with the latest proposal and offered little additional direction at Monday's meeting. The revised draft will then be presented at the April 2 planning and zoning meeting for consideration.

The proposal highlights the reduction of the number of multifamily units in the Oak Point area, which was 1,600 units in a previous draft. The new proposal reduces that number to 990 units, while increasing the number of single-family units by 30 percent from the previous draft.

A map included in the proposal does not include an east-west thoroughfare that would have connected Legacy Drive and Los Rios Boulevard—an item that had been included in the previous draft. The future of that proposed roadway has not been determined. Council members and planning commissioners in January failed to reach a consensus on whether it should be part of the final plan.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect comments from the March 19 meeting.
By Gavin Pugh
Gavin has reported for Community Impact Newspaper since June 2017. His beat has included Dallas Area Rapid Transit, public and higher education, school and municipal governments and more. He now serves as the editor of the Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake edition.


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