Historical Master Plans

Below are summaries of past Master Plans as well as the complete documents.
The Town’s first Comprehensive Plan, or Master Plan was adopted in 1982 (November 22, 1982) and was titled “Master Plan for Flower Mound.” This plan began a tradition using Master Plans to guide growth and development of the Town related to land use, urban design, open space, parks and trails, public infrastructure and economic development. In its introduction, The Master Plan for Flower Mound was intended to be a “conceptual guide…and reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission annually and necessary changes recommended to the Council.” 

On December 23, 1985, the Town Council approved ordinance 80-85 which adopted a “Master Land Use and Thoroughfare Plan” in response to substantial growth and development which resulted in the need to review and evaluate the Town’s master land use and thoroughfare plan. Again, the Town used the plan as a guideline for zoning decisions and planning issues. 

On January 4, 1994, the 1994 Comprehensive Master Plan was approved. Again, the updated plan was in response to growth. As indicated in the plan, “Since 1985, the Town’s growth rate increased from approximately 250 new residential permits per year to approximately 1,000 such permits per year. The Town, therefore was facing increasing growth rates with a Master Land Use Plan that would be at least 8-or 9-years-old before it was updated or replaced.” The Comprehensive Master Plan summary articulates the plan’s purpose. “It seeks to preserve and enhance the quality of life that today’s residents enjoy. A master plan is flexible in order to positively react to conditions that are, today, unknown, and assure that they fit seamlessly into the Town.” 

Five years later, the Town adopted a new Land Use Plan (Resolution 37-99) on September 27, 1999. On March 19, 2001, the Master Plan 2001 was adopted by ordinance 24-01. These updates were preceded by explosive growth that eventually led to a temporary moratorium on residential master plan amendments, residential zoning amendments, and residential development plans (January 11, 1999 – ordinance 02-99). The moratorium was lifted on February 17, 2000 (ordinance 16-00) when the Town adopted a SMARTGrowth Management Plan (SGMP) the same day. According to the January 11, 1999, TC Minutes, “if determined necessary, the [S]GMP would be effective upon adoption of the Comprehensive Master Plan [Master Plan 2001] and would remain in effect until completion of system capacity improvements or next update of the Comprehensive Master Plan (2004).” Although originally envisioned as temporary, today the SGMP is known as the SMARTGrowth Program.

The next holistic review of the Town’s Master Land Use Plan would begin five years later on December 19, 2005, when the Town Council approved Resolution No. 38-05 creating a Master Plan Steering Committee to solicit public input and provide a recommendation to the Town Council for the update to the Town’s current Master Plan. The Steering Committee would focus on Senior Housing, the Lakeside Business District, the Denton Creek District, and Infill development. Other areas of concern for citizens would be identified by the Steering Committee through public meetings. A variety of reasons prompted the review including a desire for alternative housing options for older residents, review of residential development options for the Lakeside Business District, future development of the Denton Creek District, and how best to plan for undeveloped (infill) properties. The Committee report can be viewed here. Individual sections of the report can viewed as follows: 

  • Summary – Page 1
  • Senior and Cluster Housing – Pages 2-3
    • The Town chose no action for Senior Housing and Clustering.
  • Lakeside Business District – Pages 4-7
    • The Town created a Mixed-Use steering committee which ultimately resulted in the adoption of a Mixed-Use ordinance.
  • Denton Creek District – Pages 8-9
    • The Town created a Mixed-Use steering committee which ultimately resulted in the adoption of a Mixed-Use ordinance.
  • Infill development – Pages 10-13
    • No changes were implemented in regards to infill development.
    • Infill areas 1, 2, 4, 9, and 10 were ultimately developed or in the process of being developed.
  • Cross Timbers Conservation Development District – Pages 14-16
    • The Prairie Vista District was created to provide a buffer between the CTCDD and SPA 8.
    • The Town Council approved amendments to the floodplain standards designed to provide greater incentive for conservation developments.
    • The Town received TxDOT grants and Green Ribbon Funding to install irrigation and landscaping along roadways in Town.
    • On November 5, 2007, the Town Council approved an ordinance amending the Town of Flower Mound’s Master Plan Section 5.0, Parks and Trails Plan and replaced the Parks and Trails Map contained within the Town’s Master Plan with a new Parks and Trails Map. As recommended by the Master Planning Steering Committee, the approved trails map further connects parks, schools, neighborhoods, and businesses with future trails.
    • In November of 2007, Flower Mound voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax increase to fund additional parks and recreation improvements. This will provide a funding source for additional trails in addition to grants.
  • Right-of-Way Landscaping / Trails – Pages 17-18
    • The Town adopted a median and right-of-way landscape master plan.
  • Gateways – Page 19
    • Gateways were addressed with the adoption of the median and right-of-way landscape master plan.
  • Specific Plan Areas – Pages 20-21
    • SPA 11 was created
  • Architectural Standards (Urban Design Plan) – Pages 22-23
    • The Town's Urban Design Plan was updated in 2010.