Agenda preview: Here is what is on the docket for tonight's Richardson City Council meeting

Election day is May 4.

Election day is May 4.

City Council members return from holiday break tonight for the first work session of 2019. The agenda includes discussion on three items ranging from development to details about the May 4 election.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Richardson Room at City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson.


1. Review and discuss update on Richardson Fire Station No. 3
The design process is underway for a new fire station in Canyon Creek. According to the agenda, draft renderings for the facility will be presented along with a discussion on the construction timeline. Council members will also hear from the art selection committee on which public art piece should be installed at the site.

2. Review and discuss the 2019 City Council election
calendar and enhancements to polling locations
City Council elections in Richardson will be held May 4. At tonight's meeting staff members will present important dates leading up to the event as well as talk about new polling locations for the city's Collin County residents.

According to the agenda packet, City Secretary Aimee Nemer has worked closely with Dallas and Collin county election representatives to allow early voting at Richardson City Hall for Collin County residents. During the midterm elections, those residents were required to early vote at Methodist Richardson Medical Center.

Also on the agenda is a presentation of the new election day polling location established for Collin County voters in precincts 78 and 110. The move will allow residents to vote in Richardson City Council, Plano ISD and Collin College races at one streamlined location.

3. Review and discuss the Collins-Arapaho TOD/Innovation District
Staff members and consultants will return once again to discuss the latest in revitalizing the Collins-Arapaho Innovation District, a 1,200-acre area east of US 75 roughly contained by Campbell Road, Plano Road and Apollo Drive. This time discussion will center on a plan for pursuing zoning changes and other forms of land entitlement.

At the Dec. 3 City Council meeting, consultants presented a list of 10 strategies to get the revitalization process underway. Many of those strategies required zoning flexibility, so council identified the land-entitlement process as a critical next step.

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.


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