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Board Meeting

November 11, 6:30 pm at Parr Library

posted 9.26.14


posted 9.5.14


The City of Plano this week returns to weekly landscape watering for residential and commercial water customers through Oct. 31.

Starting September 2, odd numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays.

 Even numbered addresses can water on Thursdays, and that includes our HOA common areas. Watering remains prohibited between 10 am and 6 pm so adjust your water sprinklers as needed.

For more information on water conservation and restrictions in Plano, visit www.plano.gov/water. If you spot any common area water sprinkler heads in need of repair or adjustment (pushing water onto the street vs. the grass, etc.), please contact FirstService Residential property manager Chelsea Chambo at 214-451-5416 (o)
214-415-5755 (mobile) or
chelsea.chambo@fsresidential.com

posted 9.2.14


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posted 8.8.14


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Plano Ranks in Top 10 U.S. Suburbs for Education

TIME Magazine released a book on healthy living, entitled “Healthiest Places to Live.” The book features 10 U.S. cities and Plano is the focus of a chapter called “Best Place for Staying Safe.”

Plano Named 6th Best City in America for First-Time Homebuyers

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Why Plano is a great suburb: D Magazine interview with our mayor

updated 08.29.14


July Board Meeting
July 23, 2014
6:30 pm
Parr Library Program Room
 

posted 06.30.14


National Night Out

Kings Ridge was very favorably portrayed in this Plano Television Network story that summarizes why community awareness is so important.  All the interviews for this community access channel news story took place in Kings Ridge during National Night Out on Oct. 1. We thank the Plano Mayor's Office, Plano Texas Police Department, Plano Fire Rescue, Carol Kyer, Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees, Place 7, Lewisville ISD superintendent Dr. Waddell and neighbors for helping to create such a memorable event.  Our next National Night Out event will be on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMNAXawExVk

posted 10.17.13


www.planostar.com/articles/2012/10/01/plano_star-courier/news/7987.txt

Plano Star Courier
Sept. 30, 2012

Furniture mart moves ahead: Project’s neighbors react to planned development

Map courtesy of Google: Nebraska Furniture Mart will be located in The Colony, just south of State Highway 121 between Spring Creek Parkway and Plano Parkway. The subdivision to the east of the development is in Plano.

By Bill Conrad, bconrad@starlocalnews.com
Last year, when Nebraska Furniture Mart announced its intentions to build the largest home furnishings store in North America on a 433-acre property in The Colony, some Plano residents got nervous.
The 1.86 million-square-foot store will cover about 40 football fields’ worth of land north and west of the Kings Ridge subdivision, the westernmost housing division in Plano.

While the project officially broke ground on Tuesday, uncertainly surrounding the development still exists. However, Kings Ridge resident Bill Kula said most homeowners he has spoken with are looking forward to seeing what the development brings to the area.
“We are very supportive of economic development and of job growth, and look forward to that transpiring through the new development,” Kula said. “At the same time, we want to preserve and protect the financial investment that we have made in our homes.”

The furniture store will be located on the western end of the property, away from the homes. However, the store is only one part of the mixed-used development. While it is expected that other retailers, as well as restaurants, will occupy a portion of the property’s remaining acres, no announcements to that effect have been made at this point.

“We have asked the city of The Colony, as well as Nebraska Furniture Mart, to do what they can to apply a variety of buffering for sound, for light and for visual aesthetics [to the property],” Kula said. “Even though we are Plano residents, and the development is in The Colony, we are hopeful the city will be a good neighbor and that Nebraska Furniture Mart will be a good corporate citizen.”

Kula said himself, and residents from Kings Gate and Shoal Creek – two other nearby HOAs – have been in contact with Nebraska Furniture and that the company has provided some information.

Troy Powell, The Colony city manager, said he understands the Plano residents desire for more information. He said the city and developer are not withholding information; there is simply not a lot of information to share at the current time.

“The important thing to remember at this time is that we don’t have a site plan, so there is not a lot of information to share with Plano residents,” Powell said. “We have asked Nebraska Furniture … to set up meetings with Kings Ridge and other neighborhoods and they have agreed to do that.”

There is no timeline for a site plan to be released, but Powell said he hopes to have one in hand in the next few months. He also said there is no timeline for the project’s development, other than the main building must be finished by May 2015.

With a project of this magnitude, the entire region will be affected, Powell said, adding that he believes the developers want to be good neighbors with Plano.

“I am very optimistic that the project is going to be world class,” he said. “… The economics of the deal are that [Nebraska Furniture] is investing so much money that there are only certain high-level tenants that can afford to be a part of the project, and those tenants are going to care about what their neighbors think.”

A Plano resident has also been appointed to the board of the property’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, which will help ensure the concerns and thoughts of Plano residents are heard, Powell said.

Plano homeowners are not the city’s only residents who are interested in the project’s outcome. Plano Deputy City Manger Frank Turner said the two cities have been in contact regarding improvements to Headquarters Drive, and have also discussed how to provide water to a portion of the development.

“The portion of the site from the railroad tracks to the east (nearest the Plano homes) will receive water from the city of Plano that has been sold to The Colony,” Turner said. “We are uphill from that portion, so it is pretty simple for us to get water to that portion of the site.”

Turner said it is customary for cities to keep their neighbors informed of any development occurring on their border, and that The Colony has done its part to keep Plano city staff up to date.

Assuming the project goes as planned, Kula said it will be a great thing for the region. However, he emphasized he hopes Nebraska Furniture keeps him and his neighbors in mind as they develop the property.

“We hope that [The Colony’s] long-term gain does not produce short-term negativity for the region,” he said. “There is still plenty of opportunity and sufficient time for The Colony and Nebraska Furniture Mart and nearby neighbors to have a cooperative discussion that leads to a win-win benefit for all.”


www.planostar.com/articles/2012/10/01/plano_star-courier/news/7990.txt

Plano Star Courier
Sept. 30, 2012

Annual National Night Out celebration brings neighbors together
By Bill Conrad, bconrad@starlocalnews.com, @Bill_PlanoStar on Twitter
Hamburgers and hot dogs will be grilled and games will be played across Plano Tuesday night when residents gather to celebrate National Night O
ut.

The annual event allows residents to get to know their neighbors and enjoy each other's company. While the event may seem like its all fun and games, the camaraderie built during the celebration has another benefit: helping reduce crime throughout the city.

"In a community where you have people moving in and out, you sometimes don't have the opportunity to meet your neighbor and know more about them," said Officer David Tilley, Plano PD spokesman. "... When we get to know someone, we usually make a better effort to watch out for their property when they are gone."
Plano PD has 342 police officers who are sworn to protect the 260,000 residents. Since the officers can't be everywhere at once, the department needs help in combating crime throughout the city, Tilley said.

"We depend on our community to report suspicious activity, suspicious vehicles and suspicious persons," Tilley said. "Many times when we get these calls it turns out to be someone who is at a residence that is not allowed to be there."

One of the largest National Night Out events in Plano is put on by the Kings Ridge Homeowners Association. The residents of Plano's westernmost neighborhood have celebrated the night for the past seven years with a parade and neighborhood cookout.

Bill Kula, the HOA's communications chairman, said the event drew 325 residents last year and he hopes this year will draw even more.

"National Night Out to Kings Ridge is more than a one evening affair," Kula said. "It is all about community, safety and building camaraderie with neighbors. We have established a very close relationship with the Plano police and they have helped to spread the word about calling upon your neighbors to be the eyes and ears of your neighborhood."

While he doesn't have any proof, Kula said he believes crime has been reduced in Kings Ridge due to the relationships formed at National Night Out. He added that a number of Kings Ridge residents work from home so the neighborhood is watched during normal business hours when many residents are at the office.

"We may not carry a badge, but we feel that it is important for us to alert neighbors when there has been suspicious activity," he said. "We routinely send out electronic notices whenever there has been suspicious activity or when vehicles are spotted in our neighborhood that maybe shouldn't be here."

As Kings Ridge prepares for its eighth National Night Out celebration, Kula said he urged residents who live in neighborhoods that don't participate in the event to urge their HOAs to get involved.

"National Night Out has reinforced for us the importance of being vigilant against crime 365 days a year," Kula said. "... We are committed to National Night Out and believe that our neighborhood serves as a model for what other neighborhoods can do."

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www.neighborsgo.com/blogs/1/87571

Dallas Morning News NeighborsGo Plano section
Self posted Sept. 25, 2012 with photos from our NNO 2011 event
Kings Ridge H OA To Showcase Safety in Plano During National Out

The Kings Ridge Homeowner Association hopes to break a record in the name of safety Oct. 2.

On Tuesday evening, Plano’s westernmost HOA will celebrate National Night Out as it seeks to break an attendance record by having more than 325 neighbors participate in the HOA’s annual NNO parade and block party that begins at 6:15 p.m.

This year, Kings Ridge neighbors will be joined by Plano Mayor Phil Dyer, the Plano Police and Fire Department and the rhythmic beat of the Hebron High School drum line. The past two years, Kings Ridge has hosted the city’s largest HOA events that commemorate National Night Out with 325 attendees each year.

“National Night Out in Kings Ridge is more than a one night event; it’s a year-round state of mind focused on community and safety,” said Paul Nolte, Kings Ridge safety committee chairman. “Kings Ridge has established a reputation as a neighborhood focused on community, family and safety. We care about one another, and National Night Out reinforces the importance we place on safety.”

The National Association of Town Watch hosts the annual event nationally and uses National Night Out as a way to bring neighbors and crime fighters together. Now in its 29th year, National Night Out involves more than 37 million people in the U.S., U.S. territories, Canada and military bases according to the NATW. In 2010 and 2011, the City of Plano was nationally recognized by the NATW for its National Night Out program.

In Kings Ridge, the nearly 500 home West Plano subdivision has designated volunteer block captains who work with the safety committee to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community.

The neighborhood’s safety committee credits National Night Out for helping motivate neighbors to not only be alert for suspicious activity, but for quickly reporting unusual or strange activity so everyone can be quickly apprised of news and events happening in the neighborhood.

Bill Kula, Kings Ridge communications chair, contributes to neighborsgo on behalf of the Kings Ridge HOA.


Kings Ridge HOA to Showcase Safety in Plano During National Night Out

The Kings Ridge Homeowner Association hopes to break a record in the name of safety Oct. 2.

On Tuesday evening, Plano’s westernmost HOA will celebrate National Night Out as it seeks to break an attendance record by having more than 325 neighbors participate in the HOA’s annual NNO parade and block party that begins at 6:15 p.m.

This year, Kings Ridge neighbors will be joined by Plano Mayor Phil Dyer, the Plano Police and Fire Department and the rythmic beat of the Hebron High School drum line.  The past two years, Kings Ridge has hosted the city’s largest HOA events that commemorate

National Night Out with 325 attendees each year.“National Night Out in Kings Ridge is more than a one night event; it’s a year-round state of mind focused on community and safety,” said Paul Nolte, Kings Ridge safety committee chairman. “Kings Ridge has established a reputation as a neighborhood focused on community, family and safety. We care about one another, and National Night Out reinforces the importance we place on safety.”

The National Association of Town Watch hosts the annual event nationally and uses National Night Out as a way to bring neighbors and crime fighters together.  Now in its 29th year, National Night Out involves more than 37 million people in the U.S., U.S. territories, Canada and military bases according to the NATW.  In 2010 and 2011, the City of Plano was nationally recognized by the NATW for its National Night Out program.

In Kings Ridge, the nearly 500 home West Plano subdivision has designated volunteer block captains who work with the safety committee to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community.

The neighborhood’s safety committee credits National Night Out for helping motivate neighbors to not only be alert for suspicious activity, but for quickly reporting unusual or strange activity so everyone can be quickly apprised of news and events happening in the neighborhood. For information, contact Bill Kula at william.kula@verizon.com, or 214-789-1644.

posted 09.26.12


Meeting Update

Despite a good turnout, unfortunately we did not assemble a quorum last night so the election has been postponed for approximately one month. KR has a burdensome 50% quorum requirement for first meetings which required 291 lots to be represented and we only presented 155 (in person and via proxy). Fortunately, the quorum requirement for an adjournment meeting is reduced to 145 so if we get the same showing we’ll be able to hold the vote. The property manager indicated they will send a notice in the near future for the second meeting to be held in a month or so. If you have already returned your proxy it is good for 90 days, so unless you change your mind or want to attend the second meeting in person your proxy will be voted.

Besides Brent Rice, I am aware of only one other resident who expressed an interest in serving on the Board. Paul Nolte (currently chair of the Safety Committee) volunteered for the position at the meeting. Please feel free to reach out to either candidate to assess their respective merits for yourselves. Additionally, if you are so inclined I would appreciate your forwarding the proxy to other friends/neighbors to assure we maintain the quorum. Completed proxies can be returned to 6409 Lost Arbor Court (box on front porch) or to Premier (creyes@premiercommunities.net).

Regarding the transition issue, the Premier representative indicated the developer (Declarant) still owns 52 lots (with 10:1 voting rights) and builders currently own 13 lots (1:1). Evidently there has been some recent State legislation which requires 1/3 homeowner HOA Board representation when a development reaches 75% sold; thus the recent activity. While I haven’t done the math, Premier indicated that given their supermajority voting rights, final transition of all board positions to homeowners will occur when the developer is down to 5 lots remaining (we’ve got a ways to go).

Afterwards there was some discussion regarding repair requirements for the wall by the railroad tracks and additional clean-up around the creek area. Additionally, there were a few residents who inquired as to the option of converting the subdivision into a gated community in light of the likely increased traffic with the proposed development of the adjacent raw land (Nebraska Furniture Mart) and the new phase of Austin Ranch apartments under construction on McKamy Trail.

posted 05.02.12


 


Kings Ridge is located in Plano, Texas,  just two miles west of the Dallas North Tollway and minutes from the new President George Bush Turnpike.  Kings Ridge is also centrally located close to both DFW International Airport and Love Field and boasts easy access to five major universities.

 

 

Plano's outstanding park system is designed with activities for all ages and includes amenities such as indoor and outdoor pools, recreational centers, a tennis center, multiple country clubs and hike and bike trails.  The schools attended by the children living in Kings Ridge are within the Lewisville Independent School District.

 

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