Sherman leaders want tighter restrictions for businesses on major thoroughfares

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- Sherman's major thoroughfares may be getting an aesthetic update. Mystic Matthews has more on the city's plans.

Mayor Bill Magers says it will be up to city leaders to impose stricter standards for businesses that open up along major streets and highways. Examples include the type of landscaping, building materials, and even the way a business is lit at night.

If an updated overlay plan is approved by the city council, any new buildings in Sherman will be subject to the tighter restrictions.

City planners have identified three major areas known as thoroughfares: the FM 1417/Heritage Parkway district, the Highway 75/82 district, and the Sam Rayburn district.

Construction along FM 1417 is already subject to tougher restrictions, like the number of awnings a business can have and certain allowances for signage.

Now, council members want the other districts to have the same rules while planners look to make new business construction more pleasing to the eye.

"The direction today was to have stricter standards on 75/82 and Sam Rayburn Freeway to have better buildings and more eye-appealing to the public," Scott Shadden, director of developmental services, said.

Could those requirements put a damper on the development boom?

“You want to make sure you address all types of business, but being said, there's more appropriate locations for certain styles of businesses. What we discussed today is to hit our thoroughfares and gateways. So yes, by raising our standards we're going to encourage certain businesses who can meet those standards,” Sherman mayor Bill Magers says.

Those standards, Magers says, will encourage businesses that care about appearance as well as revenue.

“It will just be a higher quality of construction along our thoroughfares, which our citizens are going to want to see."

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  • by Thurmon Merman Location: Sherman on Dec 12, 2007 at 04:53 PM
    I for one do not care about the higher quality of construction of businesses. I can't stand to see them clear out the landscape and tear down huge trees for a parking lot and a new shopping center. We look just like every other city south of here, nothing unique about Sherman.
  • by bubba redneck Location: sherman on Dec 12, 2007 at 08:47 AM
    just a though here is the the beginning of bringing a "Home Owners Association" meaning other people telling business owners how to run and build their business..i for one.."a business owner" will not tolerate anyone telling me what i need to do to my own business...well there is one the city going to pay for the improvements??
  • by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2007 at 08:36 AM
    thats right if you dont meet their 'standards' lets boot you out thats they american way hahahaha
  • by Carol Location: Sherman on Dec 12, 2007 at 07:44 AM
    Hooray for city officals who care as much about appearance as well as revenue!
  • by I love ugly buildings Location: The city of nasty road construction on Dec 11, 2007 at 10:24 PM
    In other words "All you ugly businesses out there need to 'purty' up the place" or you will get major road construction placed in right in front of your ugly business and cause you to get closed down. Don't want to be putting no damper on the business boom now. Keep those $5.00 an hour jobs a plenty. Boom Town Sherman.
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