Discussion and Frequently Asked Questions

Other topics raised during the review process along with the complete Facebook discussion and general feedback can be accessed via the links to the left. Below were the frequently asked questions.

Q. What is a Master Plan?
A. At a basic level, a Master Plan is a community’s guide to future development.

Q. Why not use a committee process?
A. The Town is following a community engagement process in order to provide a framework for early public involvement, promote many participants, and keep them actively engaged. The focus of this process is to receive public input first. The engagement process is also designed to produce community options for the Council to consider, prioritize, and delegate to other boards, commissions, or committees, if necessary.

Q. What are the four focus areas, and why only four? A. The process is focusing on four specific areas to concentrate efforts on creating the most value for the Town while achieving the vision of the Master Plan. The four areas are.

    The Denton Creek District is west of US 377 and north of Denton Creek in which a variety of commercial, industrial or residential uses could be appropriate, such as office, retail, industrial and/or high density residential, in planned developments providing coordination between the uses and with surrounding areas.
The Cross Timbers Conservation Development District (CTCDD) is predominantly residential development, typically being single family residential development on two-acre lots or greater in combination with conservation easements and/or other conservation techniques that preserve the Cross Timbers ecosystem and other natural systems.
One issue we have heard is development is not allowed in the CTCDD. In fact it is allowed, and conservation techniques (i.e. conservation or cluster development) are encouraged. The Town’s SMARTGrowth Program incentivizes conservation developments. Below is the SMARTGrowth criterion on Conservation Developments (emphasis added):
    Sec. 98-167. - Conservation development.
    (a) No development application or project shall be approved for a conservation development unless it complies with applicable requirements set forth in the land development code for a conservation development within an A, agricultural district and/or SF-E, single-family estate district. Conserved areas must be in conservation easement. Conservation development will be considered for conservation incentives commensurate with the quality and character of the open or natural lands to be placed within a conservation easement or otherwise conserved and the extent to which the conveyed land contributes to the preservation of the country character, including its open, natural, scenic and ecological values. Incentives will be considered on a project-by-project basis and will be approved by the town council only after community input and public hearing. Expedited development review shall be approved administratively. Such incentives may include but are not limited to: expedited development review, permit fee waivers, reduced street infrastructure requirements, reduced park land dedication requirements, and reduction of monetary assessments relative to agricultural rollback taxes. Reduction of parkland dedication to correspond to percentage of conserved area. The purpose of this criterion is to mitigate the ill effects of rapid and intense urbanization in Flower Mound by protecting the open lands, natural land forms, agricultural landscapes and scenic vistas.
The Lakeside Business District is planned for large scale commercial and/or light industrial developments such as corporate offices, office parks, industrial parks, clean manufacturing, hotels, resorts and similar uses, in a planned campus setting. Retail, restaurant, hotel and similar uses serving the commercial/industrial uses could be appropriate, if they are planned as integral elements of the developments. No residential land uses are included in this district. The Lakeside Business District emphasizes high quality, regional commercial development enabling Flower Mound to effectively compete in the economic development arena and develop a balanced tax base which will lower the tax burden on homeowners.

The FM 2499 commercial corridor between Cross Timbers Road and Justin Road consists of a series of Specific Plan Areas (SPA) along FM 2499 and is predominately planned for office and retail uses. SPAs are “mini concept plans” that address quality neighborhood and village retail development, professional office use, low-density residential land use and describe safeguards for adjacent developed residential subdivisions.