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on what's happening in the City of Plano.
Is a Backyard Cottage a Fit for Your Property?
You may have thought about building additional living space on your property to host family and guests or to serve other needs. Some Plano residents have tried to do this by building a second, smaller living space in their backyard. We call these structures Backyard Cottages. 

Under the current zoning regulations, only 141 Plano properties can accommodate this housing style. If the City allows more homeowners to have Backyard Cottages, benefits would include: 
  • additional housing options for seniors and others in need
  • independence for a dependent adult family member
  • improved use of property and living space 

In response to homeowner requests, the Planning & Zoning Commission is reviewing city zoning regulations that apply to this housing style. This process begins with a work session to discuss potential design standards. If the Commission elects to move forward, a public hearing will be held on a future date to consider zoning updates.

Join the Backyard Cottage discussion in person:
Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m.
Plano Municipal Center, 1520 K Ave.

You can also watch the meeting live on the City of Plano Facebook page .

Learn more about Backyard Cottages at plano.gov/backyardcottages
NTTA Adding Lanes to the Sam Rayburn Tollway
If you driv e Sam Rayburn Tollway regularly, you'll notice construction starting west of Denton Tap Road to the U.S. 75 ramp . The North Texas Tollway Authority is adding a fourth lane in the median in both directions to improve capacity. For the most part, traffic won't be disrupted. However, three bridges in the Legacy area will require full closures at some point during the project. The Sam Rayburn Tollway Fourth Lane Project is projected to be complete in 2021.
Design a Bookmark and Enter to Win the Library's Contest
Show us your artistic talents. Enter the Friends of the Plano Public Library 2019 Bookmark Contest. Get an entry form online or at any  Plano library location

Three winners are selected from each age category: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18 and adult. Winners are announced and all entrants are celebrated at a Bookmark Art Celebration on Thursday, April 25 at Harrington Library. Winning designs are printed and available to the public in May.

The 2018 winning entries are hanging as banners in each of the five library locations through March. Will your design be there next year?

Hurry, the Bookmark Contest ends Friday, Feb. 15.
Dillon Wins December #LovePlano Contest
Dillon brought home the December 2018 win for the #LovePlano photo contest. He won two tickets to The Void at Cinemark .

This is the last #LovePlano photo winner. Please continue to share all the things you love about Plano with our #LovePlano hashtag in 2019. We'll be featuring some of our favorites throughout the year on Instagram . Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

Don't miss this chance to dance with your daughters age 4 to 14. Only $20 per person. Register online.

Saturday, Jan. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Plano Event Center,
2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.

Live Christmas tree recycling is now at your regular collection point. Just place trees and garland out like you do yard trimmings. Be sure to remove all decorations, lights, tinsel and the stand. Flocked trees (fake snow) cannot be recycled, so place them out as bulk waste items.

During #InsidePlano Podcast Episode 13, Shannah Hayley and Steve Stoler discuss the surprising year-end update about Collin Creek Mall. They also do some trash talking about the importance of recycling right. Find it at https://apple.co/2qngea0 .

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