Council could take action on Plano Tomorrow lawsuit in new meeting; next steps remain unknown

The city of Plano's comprehensive development plan is undergoing a review process. At the same time, a legal effort to repeal the plan has reached a new stage after a court ordered the city to present a citizen petition for a referendum to Plano City Council. (Screenshot courtesy city of Plano)
The city of Plano's comprehensive development plan is undergoing a review process. At the same time, a legal effort to repeal the plan has reached a new stage after a court ordered the city to present a citizen petition for a referendum to Plano City Council. (Screenshot courtesy city of Plano)

The city of Plano's comprehensive development plan is undergoing a review process. At the same time, a legal effort to repeal the plan has reached a new stage after a court ordered the city to present a citizen petition for a referendum to Plano City Council. (Screenshot courtesy city of Plano)

The city of Plano has scheduled a special meeting to discuss a path forward in the Plano Tomorrow lawsuit just days before a court’s deadline for staff to submit a referendum petition to council members.

Plano City Council will meet 1 p.m. Aug. 2 in private to discuss the lawsuit in the wake of the Fifth District Court of Appeals’ latest ruling, which undermined the city’s legal position as it attempted to protect its comprehensive development plan from efforts to repeal it.

Council members will “receive a detailed analysis prior to the Sunday meeting, which is confidential legal advice,” City Attorney Paige Mims said in a statement.

Following the private discussions, there will be an opportunity in open session for council to take action resulting from those talks, according to the meeting agenda.

The city did not say July 31 what options it is considering in advance of the meeting.


On July 22, the court ordered staff to present a 2015 citizen petition to council members within 14 days. If presented, council members would then have the option to repeal the city’s comprehensive development plan or to submit that option to a citywide vote.

Council has already held some discussions on this topic since the latest ruling; council members met for nearly three hours July 27 in executive session.

Before that meeting, Mims would not say whether the city was considering appealing the ruling. Since then, the city has declined to comment publicly on its legal strategy going forward.
By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper in Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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