Call for public vote on Plano Tomorrow rejected

The City of Plano and opponents of its new comprehensive planning and zoning plan appear to be headed to court after the city council there rejected a call for a public vote on the issue.

Plano Tomorrow replaces a comprehensive plan that was passed in 1986. It serves as a guide for planning and zoning in the future.

The city says it protects Plano's suburban character in neighborhoods while encouraging development.

Generally, it's pitted the city staffers, business and real estate leaders against longtime residents and homeowners associations who don't like the change.

When opponents failed in September to convince the city council not to pass it, they responded with a petition drive -- more than 4,000 signatures demanding the city put the comprehensive plan to a public referendum.

A group called Plano Future attended Monday night’s meeting dressed in red, holding signs that said "Citizens don't count" and turning their backs on the council -- still battling to stop a plan they believe will flood their city with apartments and multi-family dwellings.

Plano Future has threatened to sue if they don't get their public vote.

The city hired an outside attorney who told them state law prevents it from holding a vote to repeal Plano Tomorrow because it involves zoning.

Opponents have hired their own attorneys and argue just the opposite.

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