Plano City Council Preview - Shelby Williams

Plano City Council Preview – August 28, 2023

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Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife! She enables me to serve you, and tonight marks the culmination of my commitment to you, dear citizen, for tonight I have now attended council meetings on the birthdays of my wife and each of my children.

You can sign up online to speak at council meetings in person or via Zoom online at this link up to 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting, which is typically at the 7:00 Regular Meeting. You may alternatively share your thoughts by emailing the council members any time at our email addresses here, or by 4:00 PM the day of the meeting at The council meeting will be live-streamed on and on the City of Plano Facebook page.


Executive Session (starts at 5:00 PM)

(Review agenda here)

  • Litigation – Alexander Stein vs. City of Plano
  • Personnel – Evaluation of Council Appointees
    • City Attorney
    • Municipal Judge
  • Discussion of legal issues and potential remedies at law concerning whether the Plano Housing Authority, Plano Public Facility Corporation, Bluebonnet Public Facility Corporation, Pecan Public Facility Corporation and/or private real estate developers have complied with all laws, regulations, and requirements, including applicable processes and procedures, relating to multifamily residential developments authorized by Chapter 303 of the Texas Local Government Code, including but not limited to Texas Local Government Code 303.042(d)(2)


Preliminary Open Meeting

(Whenever Executive Session, which starts at 5:00 PM, ends)

(Review agenda here)

  • Personnel – Re-appointments – Community Relations Commission
  • Comprehensive Monthly Financial Report – June 2023
  • Short-Term Rental Study Update


Regular Meeting (starts at 7:00 PM)

Notable Consent Agenda items are at the bottom of this post.

(Review agenda here)

  • Presentation by Congressman Keith Self celebrating Plano’s 150th birthday
  • Proclamation: September is Hunger Action Month meant to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger
  • Presentation: Plano Police, Plano Fire-Rescue, Plano 9-1-1, and Medical Center of Plano staff members are being recognized for their rescue efforts


Comments of Public Interest: as Alex Stein is aware, at every meeting, anyone can speak about anything for up to three minutes, with 30 total minutes allotted for this segment.


Items for Individual Consideration

  • Item (1): Public Hearing on the FY2023-24 Recommended Budget, Proposed Community Investment Program (CIP) and the Proposed Ad Valorem (Property) Tax Rate
  • Item (2): Discussion and Direction regarding Proposed Ad Valorem Tax Rate
  • Item (3): The Fry’s rezoning request (again), which includes 501 multifamily units and 33 single-family attached units. This first failed to pass Planning & Zoning, then on appeal to council it was remanded it back to Planning & Zoning, where it passed on the second go-round. Now it’s coming back before us.
  • Item (4): Grant a Specific Use Permit for tattooing and permanent cosmetics, and to reduce the 1,000-foot distance separation from the residential district to the west to 617 feet to a business in a second-story suite situated on 0.1 acre of land located on the east side of Parker Road, 195 feet south of Premier Drive
  • Item (5): Revise the city’s backyard cottage ordinance to comply with the 2022 federal legal decision Hignell-Stark v. City of New Orleans, which found that requiring the owners of residential rental properties to reside on the same property as their rental violates the dormant Commerce Clause because it discriminates against interstate commerce (for a better understanding of the Commerce Clause, and the notion of Interstate Commerce, come to my free Constitution 101 Seminar on September 19th from 6-8pm). The revised ordinance will require that the backyard cottage not be rented separately from the main residence.
  • Item (6): Revise various sections of the city’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance including Amendments, Nonconformities, Nonresidential Districts, Planned Development Districts, Landscaping and Tree Preservation, and Exterior Wall Construction Standards
  • Item (7): Revise various sections of the city’s Subdivision Ordinance including Definitions, Assurance for Completion and Maintenance of Improvements, and Requirements for Public Improvements, Reservation and Design
  • Item (8): To modify our structure for fees related to zoning and rezoning to conform with HB 3492, passed by the Texas Legislature this year

Notable Consent Agenda Items

Total of $10,743,076 of your money in proposed expenses

  • Item (c): $1,613,391 for 30 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicles (PPV) and 1 Chevrolet Tahoe (FL)
  • Item (e): approve a variance for the replacement of equipment at the Rowlett Creek Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Item (f): $1,585,000 for real property located at 3321 East Parker Road across from Bob Woodruff Park
  • Item (g): $6,630,623 for public improvements related to the Haggard Farms development
  • Item (j): to approve revisions to the city’s Economic Development Incentives Program


Review City Council agendas and minutes here.