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Changes proposed to master plan after resident feedback

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Flower Mound’s Master Plan review continued on October 17 with a joint work session of the Town Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Town leaders directed that several changes to the Master Plan be brought forward for consideration.

The meeting was attended by approximately 20 residents and land owners.  Town leaders believe that the process used this time has engaged residents in meaningful discussions and in larger numbers than in the past.

Town Manager Jimmy Stathatos praised his senior staff Tommy Dalton and Doug Powell for breaking new ground with the process.

“They demonstrated how technology and traditional town hall meetings can create meaningful discussions with large numbers of residents, ” said Stathatos.

Council member Jean Levenick expressed support for the process saying, “Involving the entire community in the process has been more efficient and positive. In years past, a committee of 10 or so would meet for months on end.”

The proposed changes reflect the feedback received from residents and landowners participating in a town-wide engagement process called “Our Master Plan: Strengthening the Vision”.

Over 150 people participated in an online survey and almost 400 people have joined a Facebook page dedicated to the review.  Over 3,000 residents were sent personal invitations to participate in the process.

In the Lakeside Business District proposed changes include allowing limited residential that supports the overall development of the district.  The district, which is in southern Flower Mound, would remain targeted at commercial uses.

Proposed changes to the master plan for the Cross Timbers Conservation Development District would allow flexibility in the residential lot sizes to encourage increased conservation of open spaces and scenic vistas.

Drafts of the proposed changes can be found on the Town’s website.  The proposed changes will be the subject of public hearings at Planning and Zoning on November 11 and then at Town Council on December 2.

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