Over the past few years, there has been a lot of fear-mongering and empty promises about apartments and other development in Plano. Here are some key things to understand:
- NO candidate, as far as I know, is “pro-apartment.”
- No one – developers, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), or City Council – is proposing to tear down single-family homes or neighborhoods to replace them with apartments. Neighborhoods with single-family homes are safe from re-development, period.
- The only questions are: what to build on the yet undeveloped land (a small percentage of Plano overall), and how to redevelop failing retail areas (emphasis on FAILING.)
- While they ran on an “anti-apartment” platform, Council Members Smith, Bao, and Ricciardelli approved thousands of apartments at Collin Creek Mall. Not necessarily a bad decision; just proof that sometimes apartments may need to be in the mix.
- Most of the apartments built in recent years aren’t attracting young families, so they don’t add a lot of kids to the schools. (PISD’s enrollment is declining, btw.)
- Crime has declined in Plano since 2006; apartments built in Plano since then did not cause an uptick.
- Traffic is a problem, but it’s mostly due to people driving through or to Plano. If more people are able to live closer to where they work, we can reduce traffic in Plano.