Post Number: 2
|Posted on Monday, May 30, 2011 - 12:20 am: |
We moved here from Pennsylvania. There, like here, there is little differentiation between one town and the next- they all sort of just run together. But there the trees are bigger, the roads are twistier, and the development a lot more diverse from 200+ years of building/rebuilding. It's an interesting place to live because there's always something different around the corner.
This area is much flatter with much less trees. The developed areas, and "square" development plans, make everything just sort of blend together into a continuous concrete blur, for miles and miles. Development after development.
One reason we bought a house where we are is because it exited into Craig Ranch, which (at the time) was just a big grassy field. Not any more.
We drive along Main Street east of Preston, which is Brinkman Ranch on one side. It provides a visual respite from the commerce-centric development of Preston and much of the rest of Plano, Allen, etc.
Does Frisco have in its plans the establishment of open space areas to keep this town looking like it does? I hear stories where Spring Creek was once "it" and everything north of that was undeveloped. I hate to think that in 5 or 10 years my kids won't be able to see horses or cows in fields any more.
I relish that little bit of nature, or "wild west" we have and I hope there's some plan for Frisco to preserve it somewhere, or in several little somewheres. And by "preserve" I don't mean build it into a park, or playground, or sculpted garden. I mean, leave it as a forest, field, natural creek setting, or grazing land for animals.
I come from Philadelphia, which most people think of as a big city, but it actually lays claim to one of the United States' largest and oldest municipally-operated park systems, Fairmount Park. It encompasses 9,200 acres and includes 63 neighborhood and regional parks. I'd like to see Frisco do some of that here.
Post Number: 78
|Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 04:09 pm: |
Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts and observations. As a planner, I share your desire to preserve open space to the greatest extent possible. Unlike some other states, Texas has a long history of property rights; whereby, land owners have the legal right to reasonably develop their land. We have authority to require the dedication of park land at the time of development, and in some cases require that the land owner reserve 15% of his or her property for open space for higher density residential developments. In other cases, the City can purchase more property, but we have to be cognizant of using tax payer funds within our budget.
Frisco takes ever step it can to preserve our environment. We actively work with developers to preserve areas adjacent to creeks and riparian corridors and offer incentives to leave the areas in a natural condition. But in reality, when a landowner decides itís time to sell the majority of his or her farm or ranch land and convert it from an agricultural use to a residential or commercial development, we can only ensure the development is in accordance with our Comprehensive Plans and Zoning Ordinance.
To view our vision on how the City should development, please refer to the following links:
Please do not hesitate in contacting Jeff Witt, Comprehensive & Environmental Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or me if you have any questions.
John Webb, AICP
Zoning & Subdivision Administrator
Dept of Development Services
City of Frisco, Texas