On July 14, Allen City Council unanimously approved zoning amendments and conceptual plans for The Farm, a 134-acre mixed-use development at the southeast corner of SH 121 and Alma Drive. The property, owned and farmed by the Johnson family since 1964, will be developed in cooperation with JaRyCo, an Allen-based company.
The Farm was originally approved in January 2018 under its former name–The Strand. As development plans continued, the Johnson family and JaRyCo adjusted the design to preserve Alma Drive as the “front door” to Allen. The developers also want to create a unique concept plan, moving from the original zoning approach to a form-based code approach. In keeping with this vision, the plans changed slightly to replace residential density along SH 121 with more green spaces, open areas and amenities to reflect the character of the development.
During the presentation at the City Council public hearing, developers explained that the concept plan will cap at 2,400 urban residential units, in addition to townhomes facing south toward the existing single-family residential in Waterford Estates. Urban residential units will be phased in with the development along with the concurrent development of office uses and open space.
Natural open spaces will become a signature feature of The Farm, highlighting outdoor features such as hike and bike trails, water features, a lakeside dining area, and new parks with accompanying amenities.
The Farm is projected to be a 15-year project, with construction beginning late 2020/early 2021.