The Future Land Use Map determines appropriate locations for future uses, establishing the community’s vision for the placement of housing, employment, social activities, and protection of natural areas. Ten categories provide guidance for new development and redevelopment, describing the typical mix of land uses and design characteristics that are desirable to create distinct areas of the city. The map does not establish zoning district boundaries or regulations, nor guarantee that individual properties are suitable for the full range of design characteristics described within each category. Land use decisions on individual properties should consider not only the Future Land Use Map, but also other Comprehensive Plan policies, the context of the surrounding area, and other individual site considerations that cannot be evaluated as part of the high-level policy guidance of the Comprehensive Plan.
Neighborhoods are predominantly residential, and also include light commercial, office, institutional, and other residential-supporting uses. Low-density single-family is the most prevalent housing type in Neighborhoods, but townhouses, duplexes, and garden-style apartments are also common.
Corners are primarily commercial areas located at the intersections of major arterials that serve as shopping, dining, and social hubs for nearby neighborhoods. These areas will vary in size and scale across the city, with the introduction of residential uses at some locations to support the health and viability of non-residential uses.
Centers include major employment-only districts, as well as activity hubs for destination shopping, office, and entertainment, that serve large parts of the city and the region. These areas will vary in the level of intensity, walkability, and mix of uses from center to center.
Corridors are areas of development oriented along expressways, major streets, or rail lines. As areas of high-visibility for visitors and the traveling public in Plano, these areas will develop with quality aesthetics and character that represent the city’s high standards for excellence.
Networks include the systems of social, educational, and recreational needs distributed across the city. Serving all residents of the city, these areas will be highly accessible by automobiles, public transit, bicycle routes and trails, and enhanced pedestrian connections.