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Brooke Chambers
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Username: Chambeb

Post Number: 2
Registered: 07-2013
Posted on Monday, June 01, 2015 - 03:29 pm:   

There is currently no overlay district along 121. I understand as a result the Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a reception hall on Independence and 121 with a large 70 Ft tower , a replica of the Montreal tower, (originally submitted as Eiffel tower replica). Can you provide information about when exactly the City will look into establishing stricter standards for construction on this highly visible roadway?
 

Ben Brezina, Assistant to the City Manag
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Username: Ben_brezina

Post Number: 792
Registered: 06-2010
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:48 pm:   

The property in question is zoned Highway, and there are no height restrictions for this zoning district for a property that is further than 200 feet from a Single Family or Two Family zoning district.

We have two overlays one on the DNT and one on Preston Road. The Zoning Ordinance allows for the construction of ornamental towers in all nonresidential districts, even within the Tollway and Preston Road Overlay Districts, provided that the feature is setback additional distance from the property lines. An example is the clock tower feature in the Frisco MarketCenter development at the northwest corner of Main Street and the DNT.

Below is a copy of the regulations from the Zoning Ordinance regarding Ornamental Features.

B) Ornamental Features Exception
(1) Ornamental features in all nonresidential zoning districts may exceed the maximum building height provided that the ornamental feature does not contain floor area and provided the required setbacks for the ornamental feature are increased by two (2) feet for every one (1) foot that the ornamental feature exceeds the maximum height.
(2) Ornamental features shall be defined as towers, spires, steeples, and cupolas.
 

Brooke Chambers
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Username: Chambeb

Post Number: 4
Registered: 07-2013
Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 02:55 pm:   

Since Preston and DNT are the only Frisco corridors with an overlay district, are there plans to establish an overlay district for 121? If so, what is the timing? If there is not, should residents interpret this as 121 not being at the same level of priority for the City?
 

Ben Brezina, Assistant to the City Manag
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Username: Ben_brezina

Post Number: 805
Registered: 06-2010
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 - 03:54 pm:   

The recently adopted 2015 Comprehensive Plan recommends the creation of an overlay district for SH 121. This is listed as a midrange project, meaning that we would start on the project sometime between two to five years depending on workload at the time. All projects are considered during the budget preparation for each fiscal year.

John Lettelleir, AICP
Director
Development Services
City of Frisco
jlettelleir@friscotexas.gov
Tel: (972) 292-5310

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