This section provides a written description of the broad vision, form, and desired characteristics for each Future Land Use Category. These descriptions are aspirational in nature, indicating the desired future conditions. They are intended to describe the typical qualities of each category and may not reflect the full variety of uses and existing conditions of individual locations. (For example, the Neighborhoods (N) Future Land Use Category, while primarily single-family in nature, will cover neighborhoods in Plano ranging from estate lots to townhomes and apartments.)
3. MIX OF USES
4. DESIRABLE CHARACTER DEFINING ELEMENTS
mix of uses
The Land Use Mix section provides the preferred balance of housing and employment uses within the category. This is calculated in total acres of land, excluding areas that are generally recognized as unsuitable for private development, such as the 100-year floodplain and electric transmission line easements.
Employment mix (Acres)
The Employment Mix chart describes the preferred mix of the following employment types within each Future Land Use Category:
|Retail Types||Office Types||Institutional Types||Industrial Types|
Retail Types generally includes businesses with commercial store frontages located in pad, strip, activity, or big box shopping centers. It also includes supporting businesses such as light office, hotels, self-storage, gas stations, light automotive servicing centers, entertainment venues, and other similar uses when located in a retail shopping center.
Office Types generally includes businesses that provide professional, medical, or administrative services located in a neighborhood or corporate campus setting, such as:
Institutional Types includes educational, medical, and government related uses, such as:
Industrial Types includes businesses that are heavy commercial or industrial related, often with outside storage, vehicle storage, and multiple bay doors, such as:
Housing Types (Dwelling Units)
The Housing Mix chart describes the preferred mix of the following housing types within each Future Land Use Category:
The most prolific type of housing in Plano’s suburban neighborhoods, Detached Single-family Types (Detached SF) includes detached housing products with a single dwelling unit per lot, such as:
Attached Single-family Types (Attached SF) includes housing products with generally one dwelling unit per lot attached by a common vertical floor to roof wall to a similar dwelling, such as:
Multifamily Types (MF) includes any housing product with more than three dwelling units per lot, including:
Employment/Housing Mix Note:
1: While retirement housing is categorized as EIPS in the Zoning Ordinance, institutional housing can be associated with both Residential and Employment uses. Housing units within independent living centers are counted towards Multifamily Types for the purposes of the Future Land Use Map and Dashboards due to their design and function. However, assisted living and long-term care facilities are considered Institutional Types due to their operations.
The area to be used in calculating the total acreage varies from category to category as listed below:
|Per Adjoining Corner/Center|
Desirable character defining elements
This section describes the general characteristics that are desired for new growth, infill, and redevelopment in each category. Improvements to existing uses should also be encouraged to incorporate these character defining elements. Each Future Land Use Category lists the range of heights, densities, and private open space that may be acceptable in a given area, although not all properties will be suitable for the minimum or maximum range. These should be decided on a case by case basis for context-sensitivity through zoning districts and regulations.
intensity & Scale
Intensity and Scale are a combination of a building’s height and how much of the property it covers. For the purpose of the Future Land Use Map, intensity and scale are defined as follows: