What does the study area look like today?

Below you will find an overview of current conditions in the study area. This background information provides a more detailed inventory of the issues, constraints, and opportunities presented by the Oak Point area. Scroll down to learn more about demographics, current environmental conditions, existing public realm, land use and building character of the Oak Point area.


730

Total acres in the study area

60%

of the study area consists of open space, landscape area, agriculture, or vacant land.

32%

of the study area is paved.

8%

of the study area is occupied by buildings.

Plano is a mature city, and is one of the largest communities in DFW.

 

Population Comparison

Plano's population is increasing at a slower rate, however, growth is anticipated to continue due to infill and redevelopment.

Plano Population Growth + Forecast (1960-2040)

 
 

Residents in the study area tend to be younger and more racially diverse than the rest of the city.

Click here to see the Block Group boundary of the study area that the demographic data is based on.

 

Age (in percent)

Race/Ethnicity (in percent)

 
 

The study area tends to have a lower household income compared to the rest of the city.

 

Household Income (in percent)

$83,793

Median household income city-wide

$61,911

Median household income in the study area

Average Temperatures

Climate + Ecology

Plano generally has a more comfortable climate than the average US city, with a higher number of sunny days and more days annually with temperatures between 70-80 degrees. 

The Blackland Prairies

The Blackland Prairies are an ecoregion comprising a swath of land running from northeast Texas generally along the I-35 corridor toward the Hill Country. The area is characterized by gently rolling hills, and dark clay soils.

 

Topography

Highest ground elevations [noted in pink on the map] are generally around 640 feet, with elevations greater than 640 feet resulting from mulch storage at the Living Earth site. Key vistas exist adjacent to Plano Centre and east of Collin College. Steep slopes are generally confined to stream corridors and along the western edge of Spring Creek, east of Jupiter.

 

Tree Canopy and Open Space

58.7

acres of tree canopy (8%)

58.8

acres of buildings (8%)

37.2

acres of park land (5%)

129.4

acres of parking (18%)

 

Water

The floodplain is relatively constrained within the study area. The area is bisected by two drainage basins, Brown Branch and Rowlett Creek. There are 2.7 acres of water surface, and an additional 5.7 miles of streams. Stream corridors can connect important open space amenities to development.

Average Precipitation (in inches)

Pedestrians & Mobility

Pedestrian Destinations

While there are a number of pedestrian destinations within and adjacent to the study area, the sidewalk network is fragmented and does not necessarily provide comfortable access throughout the study area. Quarter-mile [5-minute walk] and half-mile radii [10-minute walk] are shown from area destinations, as well as DART bus stops.

 

8

bus stops exist within the study area

17.2

miles of roadway

31.6

miles of sidewalk

0

on-street bike lanes or multi-use trails

2.7

miles of railroad right-of-way

 
 

Existing Transportation Network

There is limited road connectivity to and through the study area. DART bus route 350 has 8 stops in the study area, and the Parker Road light rail transit station is one mile south of the study area.

The planning process will look at opportunities to improve access to new and existing development, as well as adjacent areas.

 

12%

or 88 acres of right-of-way

32%

or 237 acres of undeveloped parcels