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GENERAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS

General development plans (GDPs) provide for large, complex or phased development projects in mixed-use zone districts. They are intended to anticipate a development program and the necessary infrastructure systems (road network, drainage, parks and open space, utilities) that will support the conceptual development. GDPs bridge the gap between comprehensive planning and site development plans by looking at proposed development at a scale more specific than area plans, but more generally than a building or building group.

The GDP identifies issues related to major transportation, water, wastewater, open space, land use and urban design within the GDP area and provides a conceptual plan for integrating the anticipated land uses with the necessary infrastructure and other improvements. Review of the GDP is the principal mechanism for coordinating city agency requirements and approvals. Approval of the GDP constitutes approval of a master plan that will guide all future development within the defined boundaries.  GDPs are necessary to:

1. Ensure that the landowner and developer investigate the broad effects development of property will have on the site and also on adjacent properties and public infrastructure;

2. Guide the future growth and development of those portions of the city identified for development in accordance with the City’s land use and transportation plan;

3. Protect the natural, social and economic character of the city by encouraging orderly development that ensures appropriate timing and sequencing;

4. Ensure that public facilities and services are available concurrent with development and will have a sufficient capacity to serve the proposed development(s);

5. Prevent the pollution of water bodies and groundwater; assure the adequacy of drainage; and establish protection for and wise stewardship of natural resources;

6. Provide for open spaces through the efficient design and layout of the land.

The GDP approvals may be modified in conjunction with subsequent approvals if additional information reveals development constraints that are not evident during General Development Plan review. Modifications to the GDP may be required, based on specific information presented during land subdivision or Site Plans. Later subdivision and Site Plans shall be consistent with the approved General Development Plan.

GENERAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN DEPOSIT
Professional fees for the review of planned developments with their plat applications, concept and site plans, zoning applications, and other land use related permits shall be paid by the applicant to the City.  The professional fees shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, engineering, traffic engineering, expenses for related legal fees, land planning and financial analysis in order that the application can be properly evaluated to achieve compliance with the City’s regulations. A deposit of $5,000.00 shall be paid for the services at the time the initial application is filed.  The actual costs will be determined prior to final approval and either an additional sum will be due from the applicant or a reimbursement made if the actual cost is less than the deposit.

NOTICE OF INTENT

The subdivider shall submit to the plan administrator a letter showing his/her name and address and that of his/her land planner and stating his intent to subdivide a particular property, briefly describing the location, amount of land, and particulars as to the intended use of the property.  At that time, a Pre-Design Conference will be scheduled.

PRE-DESIGN CONFERENCE

GDPs are not self-implementing documents. Further actions are required to bring the preliminary concepts in the GDP forward during subsequent development planning and construction. The subdivider shall consult with the plan administrator and the City Engineer or their duly authorized representatives concerning the ultimate land use of the proposed development, the most advantageous subdivision plan, the suitability of the location of the proposed subdivision, the arrangement of streets, alleys, and lots, the layout of utility lines and availability of service from trunk mains and other regulations and policies of the City regarding development. Conditional approval as to the general land use of the proposed subdivision should be obtained from the plan administrator prior to preparation of the Preliminary Plat.  No applications shall be accepted for processing until a pre-design conference has occurred.

CONCEPT PLANS

A map, drawing or chart drawn to scale on which is shown the subdivider's proposed arrangement of streets, lots, easement, other public spaces, and general land uses on all contiguous properties owned or held under single ownership from which a proposed subdivision is intended to be made.

The Concept Plan may be the same as a Preliminary Plat, if such plan complies with the requirements of a Preliminary Plat.

When a subdivision is a portion of a tract larger than 40 acres in size, to be subdivided later in its entirety, a Concept Plan of the entire tract shall be submitted with the Preliminary Plat of the portion to be first subdivided. The Concept Plan shall show the schematic layout of the entire tract and its relationship to adjacent property within the neighborhood unit. When appropriate, more than one tract or subdivision may be included within the Concept Plan.

The Concept Plan shall delineate the proposed characteristics of the area in terms of major categories of land use, dwelling units and population densities, general layout of lots and streets, drainage ways, utility trunk lines, location of sites for parks, schools and other public uses, present and proposed zoning, and such other information as the commission or its designee finds to be necessary for making a decision on the approval of the Preliminary Plat.

PLATTING
 
Platting is required if the owner of a tract of land located within the City of Weston or in its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ):
  1. divides the tract in two or more parts to lay out a subdivision of the tract, including an addition to a municipality
  2. lays out suburban, building, or other lots
  3. lays out streets, alleys, squares, parks, or other parts of the tract with the intention of dedicating to public use or for the use of purchasers or owners of lots fronting on or adjacent to the streets, alleys, squares, parks, or other parts
For platting purposes, a division of a tract includes a division regardless of whether it is made by:
  1. using a metes and bounds description in a deed of conveyance or in a contract for a deed
  2. using a contract of sale or other executory contract to convey
  3. by using any other method.
A division of land under this rule does not include a division of land into parts greater than five acres, where each part has access and no public improvement is being dedicated.

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS

1.  General Development Plan Application

2.  General Development Plan Deposit Agreement

3.  Concept Plan

4.  Approval letter from Collin County Development Services

5. Tax Certificates from the County and the School District

6. Documentation of agricultural tax status if exemption if requested

7. Planning submittal fees as listed on the City of Weston's Fee Schedule

Completed packets must be submitted a minimum of 90 days prior to the anticipated City Council meeting in which an application is to be considered by Council. 

CITY COUNCIL VISION STATEMENT
Our vision is to prepare for and to embrace the future while sustaining 
and preserving the identity and heritage which makes Weston unique.

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