Posted on: February 8, 2016

Bobcat Sightings in Plano

There has been increased concern with bobcat sightings in Plano. We wanted to answer some of our most frequently asked questions we receive at Animal Services about these particular animals that call Plano home.

• Bobcats have never injured a single person in Plano’s history. Even children are too big to be considered a meal as the bobcats in this area hunt only animals that are rabbit sized or smaller.

• Pets that are bigger than a rabbit are not usually at...Read on...

Posted on: February 8, 2016

Bobcats and Coyotes Sightings in Plano

• Bobcats have never injured a single person in Plano’s history. Even children are too big to be considered a meal as the bobcats in this area hunt only animals that are rabbit sized or smaller.

• Pets that are bigger than a rabbit are not usually at ...Read on...

Posted on: October 20, 2016

Plano Honors Six Food Establishments Ranked Highest in Food Safety

Selection of award finalists was based on routine inspection scores, types of food preparation processes, number of meal periods per day, and opening date of the establishment. Criteria related to routine inspections included: maintaining a score of “A”...Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2016

2016-17 Fire Prevention Poster Winners

Congratulations to this year’s winners at the City Level for the Plano Fire-Rescue Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest! See the winning posters here

Congratulations to this year’s winners at the City Level for the Plano Fire-Rescue Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest! See the winning posters here.

These posters will move on to District Level competition at the spring District Meeting of the North...Read on

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Posted on: January 26, 2016

Plano Firefighter Exam Eligibility List - 01/21/2016

An examination for the position of firefighter was administered on January 21, 2016. The following eligibility roster is created as a result of that exam. This list shall be in effect for one year from this date unless exhausted earlier.

Plano Firefighter Exam Eligibility List

Posted on: November 18, 2016

Nearly $800,000 in Heritage Grant Funding Approved!

Plano Conservancy Cemetery Restoration - Funded by Plano Heritage Preservation Grant

Congratulations to the 2016-17 Heritage Preservation Grant recipients: Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation and Plano Art Association. Combined these organizations were awarded nearly $800,000 in grant funds. The City of ...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Apply for the 2017 Heritage Tax Exemption Program

Is your property historic? We are on the search for new participants for the 2017 Heritage Tax Exemption Program. Since 1984, Plano has offered tax exemptions for the purpose of providing tax relief needed to encourage preservation and maintenance of the ...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Prepare for Heritage Tax Exemption Site Assessments on Jan. 17

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We'd like to offer a friendly reminder to those properties who currently participate in the Heritage Tax Exemption Program. Heritage staff conducts yearly site assessments on Tuesday, Jan. 17, weather permitting. Please address any repair items noted in t...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Downtown Historic Resource Surveys Complete! Save Dec. 14 for National Register Kick-off Meeting

Historic Resource Survey

The Heritage Commission, in conjunction with feedback from the public, our staff and preservation consultants, recently approved updated heritage resource surveys of all properties within the Downtown Heritage Resource District. We use Historic Resource S...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Did You Hear about the Heritage Farmstead Museum Carriage House Restoration Project?

Heritage Farmstead Museum Carriage House

The Heritage Farmstead Museum is putting a $75,000 grant from the Plano Heritage Commission to work to repair the 125-year-old Carriage House. The restoration work began in August when the structure was lifted and moved off its sinking foundation.&am...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Bring on the Awards

Heritage Farmstead Museum 2016 Awards

We've got several new honors to celebrate in our heritage preservation community. The Heritage Farmstead Museum brought home the 2016 Texas American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award and the Collin McKinney Achievement Award. The City&a...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Certificates of Appropriateness Activity Keeps Rolling

The effects of the improved workflow for Certificates of Appropriateness (CAs) applications continue to be seen as 80 percent of CAs were approved by the Planning Department team without requiring Heritage Commission review.

Greater detail in the...

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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Meet the Preservation Review


Welcome to the inaugural edition of the City of Plano Planning Department's Preservation Review quarterly newsletter. The name is a nod to The Plano Review, a newspaper established by R. J. Ridgell in 1884.

Preservation Review honors Plano's historic...Read on...

Read the Latest Issue of Preservation Review
Posted on: August 17, 2016

How Plano Got Started in Historic Preservation

What shapes Plano's identity? It's our history. In 1979, rapid population growth threatened our historic resources. That prompted Plano's forefathers to adopt a Historic Landmark Preservation Ordinance. The ordinance established the city's heritage progra...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Doing Work? Need a CA? We've Improved the Process

A CA, or Certificate of Appropriateness, is required prior to beginning any exterior improvement projects on locally-designated heritage properties or properties within the Haggard Park or Downtown Heritage Resource Districts. Over the past year, city sta...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2016

What's Your Sign? Maybe It's Time to Modify

At the request of the Downtown Plano merchants, two sign modifications to the Zoning Ordinance have been approved by City Council for the Downtown Business/Government District.

These modifications include:

  • Allowance for painted mural signs. Previous...
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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Changes Expedite CA Approvals

The effects of improved workflow for Certificates of Appropriateness (CAs) applications can be seen during the last quarter. Eighty-eight percent of CAs were approved by the Planning Department staff without requiring Heritage Commission review.

Great...Read on...

Posted on: November 29, 2016

All Libraries Closed for Staff Development

Staff Development

All libraries and book drops will be closed Monday, December 12 for staff development. Online resources and eLibrary will be available.

Posted on: August 8, 2016

2016 Fall Programs and Classes at the Library

Engage - Fall 2-16

Discover all the great classes and programs at the library in Engage. You may want to Read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, challenge yourself to write a novel in 30 days during NaNoWriMo or learn on the go with a Launchpad.

Explore the art of book binding and creating storybook characters at the 18st AIRSpace. Vote for your favorite Elephant vs. Piggie character during October and then meet them in November. Come to a STEAM class to learn coding, robotics, 3D printing or cre...Read on...

Engage – Fall 2016
Posted on: June 13, 2016

Visit 18st AIRSpace

18st AIRSpace

The new 18st AIRSpace at Harrington Library is a place to learn, share, and create! The 18st AIRSpace provides opportunities for the community to engage with artists as they work in the AIRSpace.

We hope that these interactions will spark your creativity and that you’ll want to participate in a workshop or be spontaneous with make and take projects. The artists rotate monthly. Dates and times the artist is in residence are featured on the library...Read on...

Meet the Artists...

Posted on: January 3, 2015

Plano City News - Get Fit After the Holidays with City Recreation Classes

Nov. 29 Plano City News

Get the scoop on the latest round of Parks and Recreation Classes, check out the Planning department's newest award and join us for an Urban Forest Master Plan meeting in this Plano City News.

Plano City News is distributed every Tuesday to 2,300 subscribers by the City of Plano Marketing and Community Engagement Department. To receive a copy directly in your inbox, please subscribe. Thank you for your readership!

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

How Do You Feel About Our Plano Forest?

Will you answer six short questions about Plano's trees? We love our trees and want to support them for the long term. Help us develop a successful Urban Forest Master Plan. Take our short survey.

Then join us for one of these two community meetings:

Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center

5801 W. Parker Rd.

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Pecan Hollow Golf Course

4901 E. 14th St. 

We hope to see you there!

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Defend Your Drains & Protect Your Pipes

Before your Thanksgiving feast hits the table, it could hit your pipes. Fats, oils and grease from meats, butter, food scraps, sauces, dressings, dairy products and cooling oils can cause havoc on your home.

This gunk can collect in your sewer pipes leading to expensive plumbing bills. Not to mention, the damage a clog can cause when raw sewage backs up into your home, lawn, neighborhood and streets. If the sewage flows into a stream, it could even impact our...Read on...

Posted on: November 18, 2016

Experience the Lights, Sights and Love of the Holiday Season in Plano

Old Saint Nicholas makes many stops in Plano this year. To help you customize your holiday schedule, we've rounded up this list of holiday events.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 4-7 p.m. - The Shops at Legacy kicks off the season with Lights at Legacy.

Friday, Dec. 2, 5-9 p.m. - Join the annual tradition of Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano. Santa arrives at the Haggard Park gazebo at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy local m...Read on...

Posted on: November 18, 2016

Crank it Down to Once-a-Week Watering

Tuesday, Nov. 1 begins Plano's winter watering schedule, allowing for once-a-week sprinkler use. If the last digit of your address is odd (1, 3, 5, 7, 9), your water day is Tuesday. If the digit is even (0, 2,4, 6, 8), your day is Thursday.

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Sewer Rate & Trash Cart Increase

During the budget process, two increases to your City utility bill were approved. On Oct. 1, trash collection for a 95-gallon cart went from $15.10 to $16.10. On Nov. 1, the residential sewer rate went from $12.55 to $13.18 for up to 1,000 gallons.

All gallons over the 1,000- gallon minimum increased from $4.97 to $5.21.

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Posted on: October 24, 2016

Put Your Old Clothes on the Front Curb for Simple Recycling

Before you put your old, unwanted clothing in the trash cart, consider placing items on the front curb on your regular recycling day. The City of Plano has partnered with Simple Recycling to provide free weekly curbside collection of textiles.

Offered at no cost to you or the City of Plano, this service begins the week of Oct. 24 and is available to single-family, residential water utility customers. No enrollment is required.

With your cooperation, we hope to divert an estimated 1.5 millio...Read on...

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Posted on: October 24, 2016

Plan the Perfect Party with a Sustainable Twist

Environmental Education Center

Find the perfect rental for your holiday party in Plano! The City of Plano offers several convenient and affordable options.

The Environmental Education Center is our only sustainability-focused option. This Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum-certified building is surrounded by beautifully-landscaped grounds and an outdoor patio area perfect for relax...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2016

Planning a Neighborhood Party?

Neighborhood Party

Long before you book the band or set the menu for your neighborhood block party, take a gander at the Block Parties in Plano webpage.

Along with learning about the rules and permits required, reserve the City's Pop-Up Party Trailer for FREE. The Party Trailer is equipped with tables, chairs, ice chests, water coolers, trash and recycling cans, cones and barricades, and party games to ma...Read on...

Posted on: November 17, 2016

Winter/Spring Class Registration Begins Dec. 3

The 2017 Winter/Spring session begins the week of January 9 and runs through the end of May. The first day to register for winter and spring classes is Saturday, December 3, 2016. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on Dec. 3 for Plano residents and at 5 a.m. on...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

Buckhorn Park Playground is Now Open


New playground equipment has been installed at Buckhorn Park and the playground is now open to the public. Renovations to the rest of the park should be completed by Spring 2017.  Renovations include include replacing weak-wooded trees and adding...

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Join Us for Breakfast with Santa On Dec. 10

All ages welcome

Santa's making a special trip to Carpenter Park Recreation Center to eat breakfast with you and your family. While enjoying tasty breakfast treats, create your Santa wish list and holiday crafts. Little ones can enjoy some one-on-one time with Santa and r...Read on...

Posted on: November 28, 2016

Preston Road Median Improvement Construction

TXDOT has begun construction to improve the medians along Preston Road from Dexter Drive to Highland Drive on the southern portion and Rasor Blvd./Headquarters Drive to Highway 121 on the northern end. In addition to designing the median landscape, TXDOT ...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Winterization Schedule for Parks Drinking Fountains and Restrooms

Parks and Recreation staff is currently shutting down the restrooms and drinking fountains that require closure over the winter to prevent freeze damage to the plumbing. We will begin reopening these drinking fountains and restrooms in March as temperatur...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2016

Park Construction Projects

Many Plano parks are currently under design, construction and/or renovation over the next several years. For a complete list of these projects, visit the parks construction page at the link below which provides updates and photos of some of the work in p...Read on...

Park Construction Updates
Posted on: August 11, 2016

North Texas Municipal Water District Construction at Arbor Hills

North Texas Municipal Water District has begun construction on the northeast corner of Arbor Hills Park and Nature Preserve. The erosive power of the water in the streams that run through the park have uncovered sanitary sewer lines and these lines must b...Read on...

Posted on: October 26, 2016

Winter Watering Guidelines Effective Beginning November 1

The 2016 Winter Watering Guidelines will go into effect November 1 and will run through March 31.

Plano’s watering schedule is based on the last digit of your service address. Addresses ending in zero are considered even. Irrigation systems operated by homeowner associations (HOAs) follow the even address schedule.

Turn off automatic sprinklers now...Read on...

Posted on: October 4, 2016

Bank of America Rolls Up Their Sleeves


On Friday, September 30 six employees from one of Plano's Bank of America locations chose the Plano Animal Shelter for their volunteer day. Employees were excited to lend a hand in the kennels, help with laundry, wash many dog bowls and spend time togethe...Read on...

Posted on: October 4, 2016

Hyundai Capital Lends A Hand

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On Saturday, September 24th seven employees from Plano's Hyundai Capital office spent their morning volunteering at the Animal Shelter. Creating a team building event around service to the community is a great way to build comradery and motivate staff to ...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Capgemini Serve Plano


On Friday, September 23 staff from Capgemini selected the Plano Community Garden and the Animal Shelter for their service day. Staff members rolled up their sleeves helped provide maintenance of the garden, weeding, turning compost piles, laying mulch and...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Capital One, A Dog's Best Friend


On Friday, August 19 employees from Capital One spent the day volunteering at the Plano Animal Shelter. Corporate volunteers play a vital role in helping advocate for the shelter after they spend a day in the life of shelter staff. Groups are all smiles a...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2016

Cambria Hotel & Suites Supports Animal Shelter


On Friday, September 9th staff from Cambria Hotel & Suites Plano rolled up their sleeves and spent the day volunteering at the Plano Animal Shelter. 9 Cambria employees enjoyed a day of service helping the shelter maintain a clean facility, provide se...Read on...

Posted on: August 22, 2016

Frisco Roughriders lend a hand at Animal Shelter

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On Sunday, August 21 staff from the Frisco Roughriders donated a morning of service to the Plano Animal Shelter. They spent time helping with cleaning and maintenance of the facility which improves the customer experience and provides a safe environment f...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2016

Mi Cocina Helps Clean and Oranize Senior Center Kitchen


Thank you to Mi Cocina Bent Tree for helping out at the Senior Center! The group spent a morning cleaning and organizing the Gazebo Cafe kitchen.

Posted on: May 25, 2016

Intel Security Braves Rain to Volunteer at Arbor Hills


Despite the rainy weather, 35 Intel Security volunteers came out to Arbor Hills on May 19 to perform a day of service. Dressed in coats, ponchos, and boots, the volunteers pulled invasive plants that were encroaching on the park's shrubs and grasses. Thi...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Add VIP Event Alerts to Your Volunteer Calendar

Enjoy trying different volunteer roles? Like knowing what’s going on in Plano? Have an organization or corporate group looking for team-building opportunities? Sign up to be a special event volunteer today!

VIP Event Alerts are sent by email several ti...Read on...

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Bank of America Volunteers Plant Seedlings for Parks Department


A big thank you goes out to the 10 Bank of America volunteers who planted 100 trees in the Russell Creek greenbelt for the Plano Parks Department.

Posted on: December 1, 2016

Libraries Are For Adults, Too!


In the past few years, the Plano Public Library System has offered more programming opportunities to its adult patrons. Programs include car maintenance tips, estate planning, gardening for Texas landscapes, NaNo WriMo (short for National Novel Writing Mo...


Posted on: December 1, 2016

You + A Plano Librarian = Awesomesauce!


Book a Librarian is an opportunity for Plano library cardholders to request one-on-one, uninterrupted help from one of our librarians. Sessions last 30 minutes and are tailored to your specific needs. Schedule a time at any one of the libraries convenient...


Posted on: December 1, 2016

Where ART Thou?

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Add a little art to your life without leaving town - stop by a Plano library to enjoy original works of art created by your friends and neighbors. All five public libraries host rotating mixed media art exhibits highlighting works created by established a...


Posted on: November 3, 2016

Make Your Photos The Merriest Ever

If getting the perfect photos stresses you out, then don't let it!

The library offers the perfect solution for photos worth keeping and giving during the holidays. Adobe Photoshop at Parr Library (Engage, page 13) puts the jingle in your jingle bells!...more

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Donations Deliver

The Friends of the Plano Public Library accept the following donations:> fiction and non-fiction hardback books> fiction and non-fiction paperback books> books for children and young adults> recent magazines> vinyl record albums> CD audio b...more

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Robotics Rundown

Using state-of-the-art robotics kits, create everything from hovering helicopters to swimming sea turtles. Let creativity take flight in a freestyle robotics session.

A variety of robotics equipment is available, including LEGO WeDo kits for the younge...more

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Plano infoLINKS: A Librarian-Curated Guide To Local Resources


InfoLINKS streamlines your search with an easy-to-access directory of useful Internet links for all your information needs.

Librarians compiled hundreds of resource links into 10 easy categories: Business, Consumer, Government, Health, Law, Local, Olde...more

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Did You Know?


If you have a Plano library card, then you have FREE access to online resume/cover letter evaluations and online tutoring from Use your card to create a personal account to get started.

> Resumes & Cover Letter Evaluation Submit your res...more

Posted on: October 5, 2016

A Familiar Face, A New Library Director


Libby Holtmann, a longtime Plano resident, was recently promoted to Director of Libraries. She is focused on delivering service excellence from Plano's nationally-recognized, award-winning library system. "We see the library as a partner in the educa...more

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Calling All Hindi Speakers


Do you long to read books in Hindi? Do you seek to teach your child the language? Are the festivals in India an experience you want to recreate and share with your children? The Plano libraries bring India to Texas!

> Experience India! Diwali at Hag...more

Posted on: August 31, 2016

Hoping For Harvard? Pining For Princeton? Yearning For Yale?


The Plano Library offers FREE resources to support better standardized test scores, which means a better chance to gain acceptance into your preferred university.

Opportunities to practice both the SAT and ACT tests are offered this fall. Register onli...more

Posted on: August 31, 2016

Making Sense Of Sensory Storytime


Matthew is a four-year-old boy who would rather dive behind a couch than make eye contact with a new person. Bright lights and loud noises get him really agitated, so taking him to his older brother's soccer game can upset him. For Matthew, singing along ...more

For more information, check out KidsBrain.
Posted on: August 31, 2016

Inspire Your Reluctant {Mad} Scientist


With your Plano library card number, free science databases are just a click away and offer better support than a Google search. Library databases get information from professionals or experts. They're updated frequently and include dates of publication. ...more

Posted on: August 31, 2016

Argh, It's Mango!


Avast, me hearties! Can you talk like a PIRATE? Parley in the language of seafaring swashbucklers with Mango's hand-crafted Pirate course. Use Mango Languages and enjoy plenty of time to practice your Pirate speak before International Talk Like A Pirate D...more