Universal Design

Universal Design is About You

Every one of us will experience a need for universal design at one time or another in our lifetime. Universal design is a building concept addressing accessibility issues for people who may encounter physical challenges due to size, height or diminished physical ability brought on by the aging process or a change in health status. This design promotes integrating cost-effective and efficient modifications to improve the accessibility of structures. Who hasn’t sprained an ankle, brought home a new baby, cared for a sick or aging relative? Universal design is for now and tomorrow. Please see the Funding Resources for Universal Design tab on the left to learn about programs sponsored by the City of Plano that may be able to financially assist you. In the Quick Links section on the right, you can find inspiration for universal design modifications you can make to your home.

Elderly Woman at Kitchen CounterUniversal Design is About Your Neighbors

Plano’s population is growing older. Our senior population (ages 65 and older) has increased by 213% since 2000 to approximately 34,200 people. If this trend continues the number could reach nearly 72,700 by the year 2030. At this rate, the City’s current supply of retirement and assisted living facilities will not be enough housing to meet this need. Plano is also home to approximately 20,000 people living with disabilities and each year that number increases. Universal design is a smart solution to improve accessibility and mobility within housing to enable seniors to age in place in their own home as well as accommodate people with disabilities.

Data sources: U.S. Census Bureau – 2000 Census and 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) 5 year Summary, North Central Texas Council of Governments 2019 Population Estimates

Roll-in shower


Lower cabinets with pullout drawers


Grab bars


32-inch wide doorways


Stepless entry ways


Light controls within easy reach