Dallas Morning News Interviews David Coale on Legal Dispute over Plano’s Master Development Plan

The 5th Court of Appeals recently ruled that the City of Plano’s master plan, known as Plano Tomorrow, must be approved by voters in a referendum election before implementation. LPHS partner David Coale talks to the Dallas Morning News to provide perspective on the ruling and Justice David Schenck’s opinion, which concludes that the state’s government code does not include master plans in the items precluded from referendum votes. 

The Texas Supreme Court generally sees things similarly to Schenck, Coale said, and the unanimous ruling only steepens the slope of getting a different outcome.  

“There are obvious policy reasons to read the statute the way Plano wanted to read it, but that’s just not what it says,” Coale said.  

Read the entire article here.