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Picnic Grounds Improvements
In case you had not noticed, we have replaced the grills in both picnic areas, North and South.  There are new surfaces, new access doors and some new stone work.  Our thanks to Casey Shepelwich and his company for completing these renovations.
 
Road Work on Cross Bend Road
If you had not noticed, the city has begun work to repave sections of Cross Bend Road between Country Place Drive and Custer Road.  Portions of Cross Bend Road will be reduced to one lane traffic for the next few weeks!  Hopefully, when the work is completed, we will have eliminated the treacherous chuckholes, and we will a safer and smoother ride in the future!
 
Swimming Pool Resurface, Repair & Maintenance
Country Place has contracted with a local company to completely resurface our pools.  The pool surfaces have become very rough in places due to several years of exposure to chlorine and various pool acids that are used to keep the PH in balance.  In addition to this work, steps are being added in the shallow end with removable handrails for use by our elderly residents to assist them getting in and out of the adult pool.  This work will start on Friday, August 23, and continue on for at least two weeks.  The work may be extended due to the hot weather, rain, etc.  Obviously, this will have an impact on Labor Day pool activities (September 2) during which time the pools will likely be closed.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but the end result will be positive for the 2020 swim season.
 
Why Does the City of Plano Flush Fire Hydrants?
Here is a You Tube video prepared by the City of Plano that attempts to answer this question.
 
 
 
 
 
Crime Watch Bulletins - (Updated 08/26//2019)
As the Plano Police Department posts Crime Watch Bulletins we will link to them on our Crime Watch News section or you may view the entire list here.
The City of Plano also posts Crimes in Plano which contains information on crimes that the Police Department is seeking citizen help in identifying suspects for unsolved crimes in the City limits.  You may view this page here.
 
 
Country Place Featured in the City of Plano Neighborhood Spotlight
The City of Plano posted the following article on its website May 23, 2019:
 
Neighborhood Spotlight
 
Recognized as one of Plano's Platinum Neighborhoods , Country Place is a strong supporter of our community. Situated along Chisholm Trail and Country Place Drive, the neighborhood supports their residents, Plano, Collin County and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro.
 
At the heart of Country Place is service and the neighborhood annually supports two nonprofit organizations - the Assistance Center of Collin County and Special Olympics. Residents donate to the Assistance Center of Collin County, in addition to volunteering at their Collin County Mud Bug Fest. For eight years, Country Place provided its common grounds for the Chili Cook Off hosted by Special Olympics. 
 
Country Place cares for their neighbors. Their Helping Hands program assists residents who need help with moving heavy furniture, putting up Christmas lights, mowing their lawn and more.
 
See the webpage article here.
 
 
New Screen Wall for Country Place on Custer Road
The screen wall project for our neighborhood backing up to Custer Road has been in the works for a number of years.  A lack of budgeted funds by the City as well as other screening wall projects have delayed any significant progress on this until now.  The City of Plano has previously done a complete survey from the residents living along Custer and behind Knob Hill (two years ago) as well as preliminary engineering.  Now the project is finally in sight for next year.  Here is the latest correspondence from the City on the subject of the screening wall:
 
"We have just entered the design phase for this project and hired an outside consultant to complete the necessary geotechnical investigation, and ultimate design of the wall system.
 
At this time, in general, the project should wrap up the design phase by the end of 2019 and begin construction thereafter (we will usually wait until after the holidays if it approaches that timing to avoid major construction activities in the month of December). We will do utility investigation and any major relocations may postpone this schedule a bit.
 
Prior to beginning construction, we always hold a Neighborhood Meeting at the Municipal Center here, and invite affected residents of the project to introduce them to the contractor, discuss schedule, what to expect, etc. Mail out notices for that will be sent prior to that meeting.
 
In the meantime, survey crews and coring trucks and crews will be on-site in the next couple of months to obtain geotechnical borings and complete the project surveying. Notices will be sent out prior to that work beginning as well."
 
As indicated above, the City will be providing direct updates, particularly to the Country Place residents who will be directly affected by the project.  We will try to keep you informed on the website as well.
 
Here is the Latest from the City of Plano on Short Term Rentals
What You Need to Know About Short-Term Rentals
 
One of the latest hot topics is the concern of short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods. In recent months, the City has received a number of requests from residents to limit or remove the allowance of short-term rentals. Currently, the City does not have a specific "short-term rental" ordinance as the legality of such an ordinance is being litigated in several lawsuits against cities in the State of Texas. However, the City of Plano has become the first Texas city to reach an agreement with Airbnb that will formalize the collection of local hotel taxes at a rate of 7 percent.
 
In other news across the state, the City of Austin is currently in litigation over its short-term rental ordinance with the Attorney General of Texas weighing in against Austin. Just last year, in May 2018, the Texas Supreme Court ruled against an HOA enforcement of short-term rentals, which encompassed similar legal issues as the City of Austin litigation. The Austin case is currently in an appeals court and we are closely monitoring the development of the law on this issue.
 
Although we are unable to enforce short-term rentals; we can address disturbances (such as noise) and behaviors (such as disorderly conduct), traffic violations, excessive occupancy, trash accumulation or other violations of the law. For assistance with disturbances, behavior concerns or street obstructions, please call 911. For excessive occupancy concerns or trash, call Property Standards at (972) 208-8150 or email neighborhoods@plano.gov.
 
City of Plano Links to Resources
The Neighborhood Services Department in the City of Plano has developed a page for resource links to its various resources.  Follow this link and scroll down for a list!  This covers a multitude of useful information such as: water restrictions; Library cards; Senior resources, Recycling; and many others!  Take advantage of your City's website and resources!
 
Country Place Plano Platinum Best Neighborhood
 
You've probably seen the signs on Country Place Drive, but did you know that Country Place was selected by the City of Plano as one of four top neighborhoods in Plano!  This honor was bestowed on Country Place in 2016, the very first year that the City started the Best Neighborhood program!  We will retain this designation for five years at which time we will have to reapply to continue this recognition.  Several resident realtors have opined that this designation has helped increase the value of all Country Place properties; don't worry, the recognition is too intangible to contribute to any increase in assessed value!
We hate to lose any Country Place member/resident, but if you ever find yourself in the position of having to move in the near future, make sure your real estate agent knows about the recognition and uses it in your brochure and listings!
 
Inside Plano Podcast & News
The City of Plano offers a monthly podcast covering local subjects.  These might include Outdoor Warning Sirens, Plano's pools, Parks & Recreation, Election issues, Trash & Recycling, and many more local subjects.  You can sign up for the podcast or discover the links to watch it on You Tube here.
 
Plano City Call
The City of Plano offers an emergency service whereby you can sign up for phone calls or text messages in the event of certain emergency situations.  For instance, if you would like a text message if the Outdoor Warning Sirens are sounding off, you can sign up to receive the notice.  Just click on the link and check out the service.  Plano City Call
 
Fix It Plano
The City of Plano has added a new app as well as a new diagram to assist residents in determining who to call for various problems that they see with their neighborhood and within the city.
 
Neighborhood Concerns?  Here's who to call...
 
For Information on the Fix It Plano App, click here!
 
CP Gardening - (Updated 04/26/2019)
For lawn care and gardening ideas in our area, here are a few ideas and links for you to view.
 
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Follow Your Country Place Neighbors - (Updated 04/26/2019)
Did you know that not only do we have activities and events posted on the countryplaceplano.org site, but we also have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and NextDoor presence?
 
Here are the links to each site--have fun catching up on events, finding your friends and looking around on the sites.
 
Some of the sites are a little lonely, would y'all mind posting pictures and friending/following the pages?  It's a fun way to keep track of what your friends and neighbors are up to! 
 
 
About this website - (Updated 04/26/2019)
Welcome to our website!  The transition to this new website occurred in 2017! We want to thank Ron Dawes for his countless hours and tireless hours in making both this website as well as our original website a reality.  Read more to explore what's available on here.

 
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