OPEN SPACE & NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION Policy


Plano will conserve and restore open spaces and natural resources to increase resilience, adaptability, and biological integrity and maintain the city’s urban forest as a key component of the natural infrastructure network to improve air quality and the health of Plano’s citizens.


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Actions

OSRC1
Rehabilitate and enhance natural drainage systems, water detention and retention basins, and other infiltration areas for multiple benefits, such as recreation, wildlife habitat, and stormwater management.
Recurring and On Track
OSRC2
Identify opportunities to conserve and reestablish open space networks, mature existing tree stands, steep slopes, floodplains, priority wildlife habitats, and significant natural features as part of public and private development plans and targeted acquisition.
Recurring and On Track
OSRC3
Work with local arboricultural institutions and agencies to update the Urban Forest Master Plan that establishes goals for treescape improvements and enhancements throughout the community.
Recurring and On Track
OSRC4
Conduct a citywide study every 8-10 years, or as necessary, to determine heat island hot spots.
Recurring and On Track
OSRC5
Evaluate the feasibility of creating a tree planting program to assist specific property owners in addressing heat island hot spots.
Pending
OSRC6
Create a pavement reduction incentive program that identifies innovative ways to reduce the amount of impervious surfaces and reestablishes green infrastructure.
Pending
OSRC7
Evaluate the commercial landscaping requirements within the Zoning Ordinance as part of the Urban Forest Master Plan updates to ensure zoning regulations meet the intent of the urban forestry policies.
Recurring and On Track


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