WHAT MAKES A QUALITY PLANNED DEVELOPMENT

At the heart of Quality Planned Developments are prescribed design and amenity qualities commonly found in superior master-planned communities, commercial centers and mixed-use developments. These quality standards blend seamlessly into the fabric of a development, creating a place where people want to live, want to work and want to play.

Residential Quality Planned Developments must incorporate these standards:

  • A residential home owners association to enforce restrictions and covenants and promote community involvement
  • A set of restrictive covenants to maintain the character and appearance of the community
  • Deed-restricted vacant land or proposed commercial areas to ensure adherence to the original development’s design
  • Landscaped buffer areas adjacent to major thoroughfares
  • Sidewalks along local public streets
  • Amenitized detention basins
  • Uniform signage and restrictions against banners, temporary and bandit signs

In addition, developers must include three of the following standards:

  • Landscaping buffer along public streets
  • Uniform fencing program along streets
  • Open space or park close to residential units
  • Night sky lighting
  • Screened utilities

Commercial Quality Planned Development standards include:

  • Restrictive covenants on commercial property to maintain character and appearance
  • Master commercial property owners association to maintain common areas and enforce restrictions
  • Landscape buffer areas
  • Sidewalks and pedestrian connectivity for adjacent developments
  • Amenitized detention areas
  • Screened parking areas, segregated loading areas, trash dumpster enclosures and screened mechanical equipment
  • Uniform signage and restricted size and number of signs for multi-tenant developments

Mixed Use Developments — those that are more compact and have higher density retail and residential — will be reviewed independently for the following features:

  • Development mix shall include retail commercial, office and residential in a single master plan by a single master developer/owner
  • Compact development footprint to human scale with outdoor spaces and landscape features
  • Prescriptive architecture with a cohesive identity
  • Mixed residential component with a diverse blend of single-family housing, townhomes and multi-family
  • Parking designed to enrich and support the streetscape with no barriers for pedestrians.

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Adventure Island Waterpark at Cross Creek Ranch
Adventure Island Waterpark at Cross Creek Ranch
A view of CITYCENTRE at night
A view of CITYCENTRE at night
Scenic lakes and trails at Cinco Ranch
Scenic lakes and trails at Cinco Ranch