Tell Us What You Need:
2020-2024 Consolidated Plan

The City of Plano is in the process of drafting its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. The Plan guides how we spend approximately $10 million in federal funds over the next five years for housing and community development needs.

Help shape the goals and strategies which serve you and your neighbors by completing an online survey or attending a public meeting at the Community Relations Commission Meeting on Thursday, November 14, 5:30 p.m. at the Plano Municipal Center, 1520 K Avenue, Plano 75074 or on Monday, November 18, 9 a.m. at the Sam Johnson Senior Recreation Center for Adults 50+, 401 W. 16th Street, Plano 75075. Learn more at Plano HUD Consolidated Plan.
Planning A Fall Party?
Check Out Our Tips For Success

Want to host a neighborhood-wide Fall Festival in your neighborhood this year? We have some great tips to help you and your neighborhood plan a successful fall event this year. Always remember your five senses when planning an event: taste, touch, feel, hear and see. Host a party to remember with these tips:

  •  Incorporate food into your party. A neighborhood-wide potluck is a great way to engage with your neighbors and experience the taste of home-cooked food from a variety of households! As an added bonus - make it an international potluck!
  • Close a street for your party. Did you know the City of Plano can close a street for a neighborhood block party for FREE? Closing a neighborhood street ensures the safety of your party. Plus, it lets your neighbors know something fun is going on.
  • Add an Ice Breaker Activity. Ice breaker games help people get to know their neighbors. They are a fun addition to any party.
  • Have a theme for your fall party. Incorporating a theme into your party makes party planning easy and inspires a lot of added fun. Whether it’s a Comic Book Hero costume party, a Hatch Chile potluck or a fall festival...having a theme engages your neighbors in a positive way.
  • Have games, games and more games! The more games the merrier! Cornhole, Ladder Ball, Hula Hoop and Lawn Darts are great yard games! Don’t forget to include other table top and cultural games into your party, such as Mah Jongg, Chinese checkers, Mancala or Chess.
  •  Add some décor! Want to make your party feel more festive? Think ambiance! Tie in your theme with decorations, tablescapes and cloths and lighting.
  • Don’t forget the music! Get your perfect party playlist on a memory stick and get ready for fun.

For more tips, call BEST Neighborhoods at 972-208-8150 or email best@plano.gov.
Property Maintenance Minute:
Are You Facing Sidewalk Debris?
MORE GOODNESS!
Control Bluestem Grass

Have you seen Bluestem Grass in your neighborhood or even in your yard? If you see Bluestem and mow it over, then it only spreads the seeds. To eliminate this grass, pull the stems or treat with herbicide. Otherwise maintain your yard more regularly as it grows faster than other grasses. 

Yards with a few thin areas of Bluestem aren't a health or safety concern. Only thick areas of Bluestem Grass are enforced by the City. Learn more at Plano Neighborhood Services or call 972-208-8150.
Achieve the Dream: Become a First-Time Home Buyer

Are you interested in becoming a homeowner in Plano? The City of Plano’s First-Time Home Buyer Program creates homeownership opportunities for low-to-moderate income families by providing assistance with down payments and closing costs, up to a maximum of $55,000.

Eligible applicants must be at or below 80% of the area median income, which is $66,500 for a family of four. Other requirements include: asset limits, a minimum 620 credit score, lender pre-approval and attending the City’s 8-hour First-Time Home Buyer class.

Review all requirements, download an application and sign up for the First-Time Home Buyer class here
Got Plans For Saturday, November 9?
If Not, You Do Now!

Join us at the 2019 Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, November 9. Engage with Garland, Plano and Rowlett residents and discuss the ways they strengthen their communities, engage neighbors and plan for the future. Keynote speaker Angela Blanchard provides insight and strategies to create community by bringing people together in unique ways. Sign up here! 
Connect With Your Neighbors And Learn How To Be Inclusive

Join us for the Neighbors Connect Roundtable: Creating Inclusive Communities. Dr. Meghna Sabharwal provides important insight about understanding the opportunities presented by an increasingly diverse society. Save the date! RSVP here!
Nuttiest Neighborhood Winner

Congratulations to our Nuttiest Neighborhood winner Whiffletree V, VI and VII! In just one month, neighborhood residents collected 1,717 pounds of peanut butter for the 2019 North Texas Food Bank Peanut Butter Drive. That's more than 3 1/2 pounds of peanut butter per neighborhood household!

Thank you to all of the neighborhoods who participated in the contest. We hope your neighborhood is nutty enough to join our competition next year!
GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM
Kala Krishnan
Senior Neighborhood Planner
Serving Plano Since 2012

Name and position, plus how long you've been with the City of Plano.
I’m Kala Krishnan and I have worked with the City for seven years as a Neighborhood Planner.

Describe your role within Neighborhood Services?
As a Neighborhood Planner within the BEST Neighborhoods division, my job is helping ensure our neighborhoods are BEST (Beautiful - Engaged - Safe - Thriving). So, much of my time is serving and connecting residents, neighborhood groups and volunteers with the tools/resources they need.

What made you decide to take this career path?
I started my studies in Engineering, then moved to Interior Design before I finally, and happily landed in Planning. What I love most about Neighborhood Planning is how I get to meet amazing people on a daily basis. I am inspired by their stories and challenges. It gives me the opportunity to serve. The hugs and tears of grateful residents are a plus, too!

  Is there one thing you want readers to know about Neighborhood Services?
This entire department has a heart for service and goes above and beyond to help our residents. My co-workers in the department are always thinking about more ways we can help. If a solution is not obvious, we find one.

Fun fact about where you grew up or a hobby you enjoy outside of work?
I grew up in Montreal, Canada (Yes! I am a Canuck!) My mother is an Indian classical dancer and has run her school, Nrithyalaya, for the past 43 years. I have followed in her footsteps by running my own school here in Dallas for over 10 years now.   
Thank you for making our community a better place!