Plano Comprehensive Plan Review Committee to continue discussions in new year

The city of Plano's comprehensive development plan is undergoing a review process. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of Plano's comprehensive development plan is undergoing a review process. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Plano's comprehensive development plan is undergoing a review process. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Plano Comprehensive Plan Review Committee is nearing the end of its scheduled course, but remaining items will likely push the committee into additional meetings.

The committee has one scheduled meeting remaining Jan. 12 with the option to meet again if needed Jan. 19 and Jan. 26. City staff expects the committee to take on the extra two meetings, Director of Planning Christina Day said at a Jan. 4 Plano Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

As decisions are made by the committee, recommendations for the plan must be reviewed by zoning officials and receive a simple majority. There were no revisions from the committee to review at the most recent planning and zoning meeting, and there will likely not be any at the next meeting, Day said.

"I think they may be anticipating several more meetings before they reach a decision," Day said.

Three areas of the comprehensive plan still need committee and zoning body revisions and approval: the redevelopment of neighborhood centers, plan map amendments, and redevelopment and growth management. Additionally, individual items remain for the committee to discuss in areas of land use and population growth. There are more than 20 sections of the comprehensive plan, each made up of a number of items.


In a Jan. 5 meeting, the committee discussed the density guidance map as well as the future land-use map.

Once all items have reached a three-fourths majority among committee members and a simple majority by planning and zoning commissioners, revisions to the plan will be reviewed by Plano City Council and used help create a new comprehensive plan for the city.

The committee's process is being documented online, including a page with revisions at each stage and a breakdown of what items are covered in each meeting.

The 16 Plano residents reviewing the city's comprehensive development plan began their work in January 2020. Each of City Council’s eight members selected two residents to serve on the review committee.

The city is currently following development guidelines that were put in place in 1986, following the repeal of the Plano Tomorrow plan last summer.
By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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