Plano City Council creates committee to re-examine city's comprehensive development plan

Plano City Council discusses Plano Tomorrow plan
Plano City Council on July 22 held a joint meeting with the Plano Planning and Zoning Commission to discuss the future of the Plano Tomorrow plan. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)

Plano City Council on July 22 held a joint meeting with the Plano Planning and Zoning Commission to discuss the future of the Plano Tomorrow plan. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)

A group of Plano residents will meet over the next year to discuss changes to the city’s comprehensive development plan after several efforts to repeal the document suffered setbacks in recent weeks.

Plano City Council on Nov. 11 formed a temporary committee to review the Plano Tomorrow plan and potentially suggest amendments. Each council member appointed two members to the 16-person committee and voted to approve $1 million to support the group as it gets off the ground.

The Plano Tomorrow plan has been the subject of a series of challenges in recent years from a group of residents that circulated a petition to hold a public referendum to repeal the plan. The city did not present the petition to the council at the time, arguing the city’s comprehensive development plan could not legally be decided through the referendum process.

Skeptics of certain portions of the Plano Tomorrow plan also ran for Plano City Council, earning four of the body’s eight seats in the two most recent election cycles.

Of the $1 million approved to assist the committee’s activities, $900,000 would go toward a one-year contract with an outside consultant. The remaining $100,000 would fund support services from the city’s planning department.

Any recommendations to update the plan would require a three-fourths majority vote by the ad hoc committee and a simple majority from the Plano Planning and Zoning Commission before it could be presented to Plano City Council.


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