Plano CountyPlano, Texas, is the second largest city in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Area. Plano boasts some excellent recreation opportunities, including the Plano North Park and the premier NFL sports complexes in Texas, AT&T Park and the Dallas Cowboys practice facility. The city is about seven miles from downtown Dallas. The third most populous city in Texas, it's growth spanned more than half a century, during which time it grew from just two hundred people to today's metropolitan population of three hundred million. Plano is today a dynamic international city with an excellent mix of residential, commercial, and recreational offerings. The city of Plano is served by two public transit agencies: the city of Plano and the Texas Department of Transportation. The city of Plano's bus service offers daily routes throughout the city, while the T&T Park has two big parking lots on its grounds that serve as its bus garage. The city of Plano also has a county courthouse, courts, public library, fire station, a water treatment plant, a convention center, shopping malls, a toll road, a convention center, a library, and numerous hospitals. The county seat lawyer, Michael McCaleb, was elected to the Texas State Supreme Court in 2021. Recently, he was featured in an article in the New York Times Magazine where he was described as a "judicial star" whose opinions are regularly sought by media outlets across the country. The fourth largest city of Plano, Texas, is the county seat of Collin County. The Collin County government has requested that the city of Plano be included in the master plan, stating that it would increase local revenues and prove to be a good venue for future economic development. To that end, the city of Plano is requesting that the state approve the submission of the city of Collin as one of fifteen designated "special county purpose cities."The fourth section of the master plan for Plano County calls for a zoning change at the intersections of roads in the area. Currently, there are no cross streets between Riverside and Elm avenues, or between San Antonio and Frisco streets. The Plano Texas Visitors Bureau has recommended that a new set of cross streets be created between those locations, and that the existing ones remain unchanged. The redesign for these areas would result in a "larger downtown core with more premium retail and restaurant space," according to the bureau. Also required is a rezoning plan for the downtown area of Plano, including areas like Bell Avenue between Riverside and MLK roads, and Alergis Street between Riverside and MLK. The rezone proposal also states that certain types of commercial and residential real estate will be excluded from the master plan. These include properties that are zoned residential in the city of Plano, but have been previously treated as a mixed-use commercial property in the county. Additionally, the rezone plan would allow for a new business downtown that will replace an existing gas station and convenience store. According to the master plan, the downtown area of Plano, including the streets of Alergis Street and Riverside, will be zoned for "business purpose." This includes restaurants, movie theaters, night clubs, hotels, shopping centers, and other similar businesses. However, there are some exemptions to the rule: buildings with four or more units may be eligible for this type of zoning if they are also zoned for residential use in the county. Certain types of multi-family dwellings may also be eligible for this classification under the plant's Comprehensive Zoning Code. It is important to note that many businesses in the area such as warehouses, car dealerships, and other types of retail stores could qualify for the rezoned commercial property classification under the master plan, but it is recommended that they seek prior approval from the Planning and Zoning Department before doing so. In addition to the areas already mentioned, there is another part of Plano that could potentially change the future growth and disposition of this growing central Texas city. The city is currently seeking to rezone approval for a small claim located in the southwest part of Plano, which is often referred to as southwest tract. This area is south of downtown Plano and includes a number of properties which could qualify for rezoning as either a single family unit or multi-family residential property. If these claims were reclassified as small claims instead of traditional city lots, it is possible that the growth and prosperity of Plano could experience a steeper downturn. Rezone approvals for small claims are not without controversy in the city of Plano. Because the city council has approved rezoning for these specific parcels, many residents and business owners are apprehensive about the future of small claims altogether. Some legal experts have suggested that the courts plano could adopt a similar approach to the county's legal system, which limits the type of dwellings a person can build on their property. However, the courts have remained consistent in refusing to open the door to Plano spurring on a trend that some local residents have feared for years.