Raw Land Zoning – South of Park, East of Columbia, east of Harley-Davidson Financial

Pertaining to the 30-acre tract that lies east of Pitman Creek North, next to the Harley-Davidson Financial Building and the RaceTrac gas station:  Even after removing the townhouses from the plan and tweaking down the number of patio homes, the Plano City Council voted against the development.  That is the final word.  The land will revert back to “commercial building” zoning which would include businesses like movie theater, retail, restaurant as well as office space.

To all Pitman Creek North residents:

We have all seen the large “rezoning” sign in the big field.  This 35+ acres has been owned by Hunt Oil for decades.  They now have a developer buyer.  Currently, this parcel is zoned for commercial, office building, hotel, strip center mall, and retail.  The rezoning request is to change it to single family residential. Hunt will sell to a developer will in turn sell to a builder(s).    The proposal is for 45 zero lot line patio homes and 118 two-story townhomes.  The patio homes will be on the Columbia side and the townhomes will be near Alma.

I had a private person to person meeting with a Hunt Oil rep.  Here is what I found. The patio homes target finished selling price will be around $390,000 each.  The Townhomes target will be $290,000.  I was quite concerned with the possibility of the townhomes going rental, as has happened a number of times in other locations.  Per Hunt, with the high cost of this raw land controlling a high selling price for a finished home, the individual homeowners/buyers will rarely rent them out.  It should be cost prohibitive.  This is per Hunt.

The plat shows two exit/entrance streets onto Columbia – each street will align with Tawakoni and Sacramento.  There will be two entry/exit streets from the townhome area and those empty into Alma.  There are no entry/exits onto Park.  There will not be a traffic light at Park/Columbia.  The city says it is too close to the light at Park/Alma.

I can tell you that the City of Plano Administration has indicated a “No” for the townhomes and a “Yes” for the patio homes.  This is a non-binding decision.  City Council has the power of yes or no in the end.  The public hearing for rezoning of this parcel has been pushed back to August 3, City Council chambers, at 7:00 pm.  If you live within 200 feet of the raw land in question, you get to vote at the hearing.  The hearing is also open to the public.  Those people living close to the land should have received a ballot from the city weeks ago.

There is no question that traffic on Columbia and several other PCN streets will increase.  But, no matter what is developed there, the traffic will increase.  I have tried to portray the above info in a non-biased fashion.

Dave Nichols,
President, Pitman Creek North HOA