Envision oak Point GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Guiding Principles answer the question: “What should the Oak Point area be in the future?” 

They are used in evaluating development scenarios and guiding the development of strategies. In addition, guiding principles ensure that implementation measures are aligned with stakeholder/public goals.

There are seven categories of guiding principles, and each category has a goal and several principles. The principles were identified through stakeholder interviews and public input, then refined by the stakeholder committee.

 

Planning Process

Goal

Support a planning process that is transparent, inclusive, and fiscally responsible. This process should be shaped by shared values, local plans, existing investments, and feasible implementation measures.

Guiding Principles

  1. Instill public ownership in the project by fostering involvement in decision-making.
  2. Develop a plan that is realistic and that can be implemented, balancing market demand, physical capacity of the study area, and community aspirations.
  3. Account for the long-term fiscal health of the City of Plano and partner agencies in the visioning process – plan elements should consider the impact of increased demand on public infrastructure and facilities.
 

Land Use + Design

Goal

Support a community that fosters a distinct and diverse character pattern, creating opportunities to live, work, and socialize within a cohesively planned, pedestrian-friendly environment.

Guiding Principles

  1. Identify a location for a future station area to maximize benefits of transit-oriented development.
  2. Create visually interesting neighborhoods with a range of building types and a mix of uses.
  3. Support a walkable neighborhood pattern with buildings close to the street and inviting places to walk.
  4. Create stronger connections throughout the Oak Point area, especially to key destinations: existing parks and open space, education and civic facilities, and future transit station areas.
 

Mobility

Goal

Promote a transportation network that includes multiple ways to move through and around the area (driving, biking, walking and transit), supports the development of walkable places, and reduces congestion on Plano’s thoroughfare network.

Guiding Principles

  1. Improve access to community amenities with a connected transportation system, increasing walking, biking and transit opportunities in and around Oak Point.
  2. Work closely with DART on future expansion of bus, rapid bus, and rail transit, as well as the siting of future transit stations.
  3. Ensure that the construction of future streets and the reconstruction of existing streets supports desired development types.
 

Community 

Goal

Promote a sense of community and shape neighborhoods that remain vibrant, livable, and equitable places for future generations.

Guiding Principles

  1. Promote new housing types, including mixed-use, to accommodate future needs, as well as reuse of vacant or underutilized sites.
  2. Build great places that have aesthetic character and are adaptive to changing needs as long-term residents age in place.
  3. Integrate the valued rural and pastoral qualities of the study area into the design of future development opportunities.
  4. Enhance area gateways and transitions between development types to shape neighborhood identity and support a strong sense of place.
  5. Celebrate the many cultures, ages, lifestyles and ethnicities of the area and work for inclusiveness.
 

Education 

Goal

Support strong partnerships with Plano ISD and Collin College, ensuring that plan elements and strategies consider the long-term capacity, strategic goals, and fiscal health of these institutional partners.

Guiding Principles

  1. Provide adjacent food/entertainment amenities to accommodate student populations at Collin College.
  2. Incorporate future growth and development plans of Collin College as a major asset in the Oak Point Study Area.
  3. Support a transportation network that accommodates a variety of safe and convenient modes of transportation options for PISD and Collin College students.
 

Environment

Goal

Preserve the area’s rustic landscape by establishing a network of natural open spaces and promoting environmentally sensitive development techniques in site design.

Guiding Principles

  1. Ensure that recreation areas, parks, trails and open spaces are easily accessible to residents and park system users.
  2. Maintain and enhance a network of natural open spaces that preserves and enhances scenic vistas, wildlife corridors, and plant habitats and their ecological functions and values.
  3. Create bicycle and pedestrian connections to existing park and open space features.
  4. Develop strategies to increase usage for the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve.
 

Economy

Goal

Promote the fiscal health of the City of Plano and its public and private sector partners in the study area through the development of a comprehensive economic development strategy for Oak Point.

Guiding Principles

  1. Recognize quality of life, natural beauty, diversity and the uniqueness of the area as important elements to attract and keep businesses and residents.
  2. Plan for new development and programs that will stabilize well-established, high-functioning neighborhoods, districts, and corridors in Plano.
  3. Promote and incentivize reinvestment in underutilized and declining areas, particularly within the arterial roadway corridors that bisect the study area.
  4. Provide a range of housing types for residents in all phases of life.
  5. Leverage investments in public transit to support economic development opportunities within the study area.