Frisco Approves Zoning Change for Unique North Texas Housing Development

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City Council for Frisco, Texas has recently approved a zoning change which would allow for the construction of a housing development unique to North Texas. In a vote held on Tuesday, January 2, council members made the change for land that was previously zoned as agricultural to become a community of high-end residences which featured green roofs – literally.

A developer out of India, Total Environment, presented plans in Frisco for the high-end community with the added feature of having roofs that are covered with grasses and plants native to North Texas. According to the Center for Architectural Ecology, the benefits of having a green roof are numerous. In particular, “Green roof growing media retain rainwater and, together with plants, return a portion of this water to the atmosphere through evaporation and transpiration (evapotranspiration)…Stormwater that does leave the roof is delayed and reduced in volume…Stormwater that runs off a green roof is cleaner than runoff from a conventional roof.” Similarly, in places of high average temperatures, “Green roofs reduce the heat flux through the roof, and less energy for cooling or heating can lead to significant cost savings. Shading the outer surface of the building envelope has been shown to be more effective than internal insulation.”

Total Environment plans for the development to take place on 55 acres of presently vacant land adjacent to Independence Parkway. In total, the community would consist of 122 houses as well as several walking trails, which would mean that the high-end homes would cover less than half of the entire acreage (23 acres, to be exact.) Starting price points for these homes is anticipated at $900,000.