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Top Stories: Plano Approves New Development; Learning Professional Music Production

The potential site of the Envision Oak Point in east Plano.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Ongoing debate about growth and development in Plano continued at Monday night's City Council meeting. 

Most of the council voted yes to guidelines in the Envision Oak Point plan for future development in a roughly one square mile area near the Plano Event Center and Collin College.

Council member Anthony Ricciardelli cast one of two no votes.

"I don't think it’s beneficial for our city to forge ahead call something a vision when it’s been clear for months that we haven’t achieved consensus,” Ricciardelli said at the council meeting. “And I agree that the battle isn’t tonight, the battle will be individual zoning cases.”

Some residents have opposed the plan to turn the rural area into more apartments and small lot homes. Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere doesn’t see it that way, and feels excited about the plan's potential.

“We built this city in a spirit of cooperation so we don’t have to battle,” he said. “We don’t have to battle as a community, we don’t have to battle as a council.”

NBC DFW reports that future development would still have to go through the planning and zoning process.

Other stories this morning:

  • New figures and projections presented at Monday's Collin County commissioners court meeting showed more than 23,000 new criminal and civil cases filed between May of last year and April of this year, according to The Dallas Morning News.

  • High school musicians may spend the summer practicing their instrument or making music with friends, but more than a dozen just spent a week exploring another part of the music world. KERA’s Bill Zeeble takes us to the Audio Production Camp in Arlington.

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