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City of Melissa Texas 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Page 6.31 Chapter 6 Parks and Trails Plan connected to McKinneys trail system providing the possibility of a regional trail connection. This trail connection should be a priority. When a development is occurring adjacent to a creek area lots should not be platted such that they back onto the creek. o Backing lots to a creek often results in homeowners taking ownership of the creek by doing things such as building structures into the creek area damming the creek etc. It also often becomes difficult for cities to ensure proper maintenance of creeks. o A better solution is to treat lots adjacent to creeks in the same way that has been recommended for lots adjacent to park areas lots should be configured to front onto creeks. A small street could be placed in between the lots and the creek. This solution allows more lots to have the increased value that is associated with lots near creeks. When a development is occurring adjacent to a floodplain or creek area trails that are at least 10 feet in width should be required adjacent to the area see Figure 6-4. o These areas provide prime opportunities for trails because they naturally extend across subdivisions and throughout the City. o A trail along a floodplain or creek in one neighborhood can be easily connected to a continuing trail connection along the same floodplain or creek in an adjacent subdivision. o In addition these areas cannot be developed so they make good locations for trails by not decreasing the amount of land that would otherwise be able to be developed if trails were not required. Figure 6-4. Example of Easement for Trail in Relation to FloodplainCreek Area