The City of Frisco is preparing to review and revise its Comprehensive Plan, laying the groundwork for successfully dealing with future growth and challenges.
The City is now accepting applications for volunteers to serve on the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, consisting of 23 residents and local business leaders. The deadline to apply is Oct. 25.
The committee’s work will begin in January. John Lettelleir, director of Development Services, said he expects the committee to present its recommended revisions to the Planning & Zoning Commission and to the City Council in the first quarter of 2015.
“Cities can either be reactive or proactive,” Lettelleir said. “In Frisco, we’re trying to channel our growth and plan for a future that is best in the long term for our residents and businesses.”
Lettelleir said the Comprehensive Plan leads to concrete action. The City earned the Texas American Planning Association Chapter Comprehensive Plan Award in 2000 and 2006.
“Frisco is still a young city, but now is the time to think about what we need to do to keep our community engaged and committed,” Lettelleir said. “We have a strong record of thinking carefully about our Comprehensive Plan, then turning those proposals into reality.”
The Comprehensive Plan is required by City Charter and is reviewed every few years, as growth and market conditions dictate. The committee will meet in public sessions and solicit input from residents and businesses throughout the next year.
A few members of the 2006 Plan revision committee will reprise their roles on the new panel, while several other positions will go to representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, Frisco Economic Development Corporation, Frisco Independent School District, Parks & Recreation Board and Planning & Zoning Commission.
The 2006 Comprehensive Plan contains strategies regarding future land use, livability, transportation, growth and other issues. The updated plan is expected to offer guidance regarding:
· Frisco’s transition from a growing city to a city with aging neighborhoods and an aging population
· Planning for different types of housing needs, to address the city’s changing demographics
· Public safety and public health topics
· Public Transit
· Water Conservation
The committee will look closely at the future development of regional roadway corridors, especially the Dallas North Tollway, Preston Road and Highways 121 and 380.
“Placemaking” will be a goal for the committee. This approach attempts to create attractive public spaces for communities, promoting neighborhood spirit and encouraging residents to connect with their city instead of moving on to the “next big thing” as neighborhoods age.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the committee should visit the City’s website for more information or to apply.