Plano’s plan commission defers decision on historic Haggard farm project

Plano planning officials have delayed a decision to develop part of the city’s pioneer Haggard family land along the Dallas North toll freeway.

Haggard Enterprises Ltd and Dallas developer Stillwater Capital want to dezone more than 142 acres on Spring Creek Parkway, just east of the toll highway, to build a mixed-use project that includes office, retail, hotels and residential buildings.

The over 2 million square foot development would be built on part of the family’s original farm.

Clay Roby of Stillwater Capital told the plan commission that his company worked with the Haggard family to come up with a unique building plan.

“The family were concerned about what was going to happen on this property as the last large plot they own in Plano,” said Roby. “This would ensure that a significant part of this project – essentially the centerpiece – would be a tribute to the family and something that would be held as an inherited asset.”

Parts of the planned project would have an agricultural theme giving a nod to the property’s agrarian past.

The centerpiece would be a destination dining and event venue called The Almanac.

The Haggard family have owned land in Collin County since the 1850s.(DMN files)

“This is the rationale for the project from Stillwater’s perspective,” said Roby. “What you see here is a very low density, walkable, agrarian inspired restaurant, farm-to-table and event space.

“The deciding factor for the design was to come up with a plan that looked like a converted farm,” he said. “If you visit this project after its completion, you might wonder if it has been around for 100 years since the family first developed the property.”

The farm-themed complex would include an event barn, cellar, brewery and distillery. There would also be a greenhouse and an outdoor lawn for events.

In addition to The Almanac complex, developers are seeking zoning for over 700,000 square feet of office space, 700 multi-family residential units, a 98-room hotel, 30,000 square feet of retail space and a housing community for people aged 427 units.

There would also be a retail “village”.

Approximately 13 acres on Spring Creek and Windhaven Parkways would also be set aside for future single-family home construction.

The tallest of the proposed buildings – the hotel and an office near the highway – would only be five stories high. Most offices would have three or four floors.

The first phase of construction would be the Almanac agricultural complex and an office building. The boutique hotel and a first apartment building will follow.

Over 28 acres would be set aside for open space.

Plano’s planning staff recommend approval of the new development plan.

“The applicant is requesting a planned new development district to implement a development concept that would align the zoning on the site more closely with the current market for commercial and residential uses,” according to documents filed by staff. “While there is a demand for increased development density, the required phasing, open space and other limitations result in improved development standards compared to current zoning. “

Residents who spoke out against the project at Monday night’s meeting raised the usual concerns about traffic and density. There was also a setback against the apartments offered.

“It shouldn’t be considered,” said resident John Donovan. “There are really too many. “

Commissioner David Downs said he was not put off by the planned apartments.

“It’s not affordable housing, but it’s 700 other places to live,” Downs said. “There is not enough housing in Plano.

“We have so many new jobs,” he said. “We need residential to support this. “

The current zoning would allow developers to build most of what they propose with much greater building heights.

Planning commissioners voted to postpone decision making on the project until next month over concerns about projections on proposed parking garages and access to a neighborhood park.

“I think it’s a great project and I think it makes sense where it is,” President Nathan Barbera said. “I think there is still work to be done to resolve some of these issues. “

The Haggard property is located between Plano’s Legacy Business Park and the residential areas.

It is surrounded on three sides by commercial development and zoning.

The Haggard family were one of the first large landowners in Collin County, acquiring properties from 1856 to use for agriculture and ranching.

At one point, the family owned thousands of acres between US Highway 75 and the current toll highway corridor. Over the decades, the land has been sold for neighborhoods, shopping malls, offices and all kinds of amenities.

Stillwater Capital is also working on a planned $ 1 billion mixed-use development adjacent to the new headquarters and the new PGA complex. Called The Link, the 240-acre development just south of US Highway 380 would include office, retail, luxury residences, entertainment, a boutique hotel, and sports wellness uses.

The 142-acre project located east of the Dallas North Toll Freeway would include office, hotel, retail and residential buildings.
The 142-acre project located east of the Dallas North Toll Freeway would include office, hotel, retail and residential buildings.(Capital of calm waters)

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