City staff presents plan to implement zoning flexibility for innovation district east of US 75 in Richardson

A rendering shows what a potential redesign of Greenville Avenue and the area surrounding the DART Arapaho Station could look like once the innovation district is complete.

A rendering shows what a potential redesign of Greenville Avenue and the area surrounding the DART Arapaho Station could look like once the innovation district is complete.

A timeline for zoning changes and other land entitlement steps needed to deliver a 1,200-acre innovation district east of US 75 were presented to Richardson City Council at a Jan. 7 meeting.

The goal of the Collins-Arapaho Innovation District—roughly contained by Campbell Road, Plano Road and Apollo Drive—is to become a premier tech hub in North Texas, where businesses across industries and in different parts of their growth process can thrive, according to Scott Page, principal at consulting firm Interface Studio. Consultants began studying the area in March 2018.

A consultant team made up of representatives from Kimley-Horn, Strategic Community Solutions and Jacobs will identify a project scope, review zoning recommendations and continue engagement with nearby property owners beginning in the first quarter of 2019, Planning Projects Manager Doug McDonald said.

Three industrial sites have been identified as needing zoning variances. Rather than break the project into phases, the team hopes to take a different approach from previous revitalization projects and perform all zoning changes in one fell swoop, McDonald said.

McDonald said that zoning changes related to signage, building materials, building height, setbacks, paving, floor-to-area ratio and land uses will need to be approved to allow for execution of the innovation district.

In the third and fourth quarter of 2019, city staff and consultants will draft a zoning ordinance, hold community workshops and meet with property owners to ensure they are equipped to make the investment needed to revamp their properties.

McDonald said the zoning ordinance will be brought to the City Planning Commission and City Council for adoption by the end of 2019.
SHARE THIS STORY
By Olivia Lueckemeyer

Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


MOST RECENT

Nora Rotem, elementary school art finalist in the Martin Luther King Jr. diversity competition, shows her mother, Ori Rotem, her piece. Finalist and semifinalist art pieces filled the common area of Williams High School. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gallery: Plano ISD holds 33rd diversity celebration performance and award presentation

The 2020 Plano ISD Diversity Celebration was the district's 33rd year of recognizing diversity in the district as a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

There are 1.3 million registered voters countywide as of Jan. 23, according to the Dallas County Elections Office. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Number of registered voters up in Dallas County ahead of March 3 presidential primary

Those who wish to vote in the primary must register by Feb. 3.

USA Vein Clinics is now open in Richardson. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USA Vein Clinics now open in Richardson

The business specializes in quick, in-office treatments for a variety of vein conditions

This rendering depicts how a redesign of Greenville Avenue could look once revitalization is complete. (Rendering courtesy city of Richardson)
Revitalization on the horizon in Richardson's Collins-Arapaho Innovation District

A recent city-led rezoning effort has primed the mostly industrial area for revitaliation and redevelopment, city officials say.

Mary Bowen started Hipster Baby as an online boutique in 2013. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
Stylish tots outfitted at Richardson children's boutique Hipster Baby

A lack of trendy clothing for her son led Mary Bowen to open a children’s boutique six years ago.

Main Street construction
Lane reduction on Main Street in Richardson to continue for several more months

The city is encouraging drivers to seek alternate routes.

The 175,000-square-foot, multistory building will contain classrooms, labs, offices and support space for the Department of Physics and the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
New science building to accommodate continued enrollment at UT Dallas

The 175,000-square-foot, multistory building will contain classrooms, labs, offices and support space for the Department of Physics and the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences.

Applications for The Mayor's Summer Internship Program's are now being accepted. (courtesy city of Richardson)
Students in Richardson can now apply for the The Mayor's Summer Internship Program

The eight-week program allows students to work at a local business, nonprofit or government agency.

Ballets with a Twist will bring “Cocktail Hour: The Show" to the Eisemann Center on Feb. 28. (Courtesy Nico Malvaldi)
9 events to attend in Richardson in January and February

Crafting workshops, dance performances and Valentine's Day celebrations are happening in the coming weeks.

The last decennial census counted Richardson’s population at 99,223. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Richardson population to officially exceed 100,000 residents in 2020

The last decennial census counted Richardson’s population at 99,223.

cybersecurity
UT Dallas announces cybersecurity degree program

Implementation of the program was motivated by the rising threat of cyber attacks, according to the university.

Back to top