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City of Melissa Texas 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Page 9.6 Chapter 9 Implementation Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Grants The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department TPWD provides grants in the form of matching funds for various types of outdoor park and indoor recreational facilities. Such grants are equivalent to 500000 750000 or 1.2 million depending on the type of parkrecreational facility for which funding is being provided. TPWD grants are not usually given to cities that do not have a park plan and therefore the Parks and Trails Plan Chapter 6 is an important element related to these grants. In addition the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department appreciates joint efforts in relation to parks and open spaces. For the greatest opportunity to secure a grant the City should seek to submit applications that represent joint-effort projects with other public entities such as Collin County and the Melissa Independent School District. Regulatory Mechanisms Administrative Processes The usual processes for reviewing and processing zoning amendments development plans and subdivision plans provide significant opportunities for implementing the Comprehensive Plan. Each zoning development and subdivision decision should be evaluated and weighed against applicable recommendations and policies contained within this Comprehensive Plan. The Plan allows Melissa to review proposals and requests in light of an officially prepared document adopted through a sound thorough planning process. If decisions are made that are inconsistent with Plan recommendations then they should include actions to modify or amend the Plan accordingly in order to ensure consistency and fairness in future decision-making. Amending the Subdivision Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance represent two major proactive measures that the City can take to implement Comprehensive Plan recommendations. Specifics on the way in which this can be effectively achieved for both are discussed in the following sections. The Subdivision Ordinance The act of subdividing land to create building sites is one that has the greatest effect on the overall design and image of Melissa. Much of the basic physical form of the City is currently created by the layout of streets easements and lots. In the future the basic physical form of Melissa will be further affected by elements such as new development both residential and non-residential and the implementation of the Transportation Plan Chapter 5. As mentioned previously many of the growth and development proposals contained within the Citys Comprehensive Plan can be achieved through the exercise of subdivision control and other reactive practices. Some elements of the Plan such as major thoroughfare rights-of-way and park areas through dedication requirements can be secured during the process of subdividing the land. Once the subdivision has been filed recorded and development has begun the subdivision becomes a permanent integral part of the Citys urban fabric. Thereafter it can be changed only through great effort and expense. Melissas Subdivision Ordinance should be updated by Incorporating Transportation Plan recommendations specifically with the rights-of-way widths and sections contained therein.