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New - Master Plan Update
The McKinney National Airport is updating its master plan study to produce an efficient and environmentally conscious development plan to sustain healthy growth and service during the next 20 years.
The update is prepared in concert with state and federal agencies, local officials, neighboring communities, adjacent land owners and airport users. The city will partner with the Texas Department of Transportation and Coffman Associates to conduct the study. A public hearing will also be part of the master plan process to allow the community to provide input on the direction of the airport. The process is slated to be completed in late 2017.
On Nov. 10, a Technical Advisory Committee made up of airport tenants and users as well as a Planning Advisory Committee appointed by City Council provided strategic input during the master plan update process. Watch the meetings on this page under the Committee Meetings tab. A public open house was also held to educate residents and stakeholders on the purpose, process, goals and objectives of the master plan update.
McKinney National Airport Seeks Private Partnerships
City officials are exploring public-private partnerships at the McKinney National Airport to continue to expand its operations and fund future airport development. Read the story
McKinney National Airport Update
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Mayor Pro Tem appointment
According to the City Charter, City Council is to appoint a Mayor Pro Tem each year. At the City Council meeting on June 7, Council appointed Randy Pogue as the new Mayor Pro Tem. More about McKinney City Council
City Council appoints Paul Grimes as City Manager
City Council Retreat
Legislative Priorities Approved
Texas Legislature will decide many significant issues that directly and indirectly impact residents and businesses of McKinney, their local government, and their quality of life.
At the July 19 City Council meeting, the Council adopted the 2017 State Legislative Agenda to provide guidance to the representatives of the Texas State Legislature and advocates of the city in the legislative process.
View McKinney's Legislative Priorities
New - Downtown Parking Development Agreement
At the Nov. 15 meeting, City Council voted to enter into a development agreement with Virginia@5, LLC and SP2 301 E Virginia, LLC for a potential downtown parking garage at the northeast corner of Virginia Street and Chestnut Street, providing approximately 300 parking spaces.
In the development agreement, the property owner will hire a design firm to develop a schematic design for the proposed parking structure. The schematic design will provide number of spaces, estimated costs and options for design that will allow City Council to decide whether or not to proceed with the project.
If either the city or the property owner decides to discontinue the project following the design phase, the costs incurred to date would be split evenly by the two parties.
If City Council decides to proceed with the project once these costs are known, then the lease payments and purchase option will be based on the cost of construction, which will be determined during the initial schematic design phase.
Additional public hearings during City Council meetings will be held to discuss the parking structure once the schematic design has been completed. View the meeting
New - Costco
At the Nov. 1 City Council meeting, a public hearing was held prior to City Council unanimously approving both a proposed specific use permit and site plan for Costco located at the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 380 and Hardin Boulevard. View agenda item
New - “Restaurant Row” Initiative
In an effort to expand fine dining, casual dining, and/or fast casual dining options within McKinney, City Council has expressed a willingness to enter into potential partnerships with property owners, restaurant groups and/or restaurant developers to develop a “Restaurant Row” initiative.
“Restaurant row” is generally intended to mean a collection of three or more fine dining, casual dining, and/or fast casual restaurants within a larger coordinated development. No preference is shown to individual restaurant brands or to restaurants that are part of a chain of other restaurants.
A Request for Proposals was issued Oct. 23. Below is a timeline of key dates that describe the process of this project:
- Oct. 23 – Issue Request for Proposals
- Nov. 7 – Pre-submittal Conference
- Nov. 14 – Interpretation/Request deadline
- Nov. 23 – Issue Addendum
- Dec. 15 – RFP deadline
- Week of Jan. 23 – Interviews, if needed
- March 1 – Recommendation to Award
Municipal Annexation Plan amendment
City Council is expected to consider and act on an amendment to the Municipal Annexation Plan at the Oct. 4 City Council meeting.
- At the July 25 work session, City Council discussed updates to the city’s Municipal Annexation Plan. City Council directed staff to begin the process of formally amending the 1999 Municipal Annexation Plan. This amendment would generally identify areas at the northeast corner of U.S. 380 and Custer Road as well as along the north side of U.S. 380 and east of FM 1827 (New Hope Road) on the Annexation Plan. View details
- At the Nov. 16 City Council meeting, Council discussed the orderly growth and annexation strategies for the City of McKinney. City Council gave staff direction to coordinate with the City Attorney’s Office to explore changes to the City’s current Annexation Plan and approach for growth. View details
Proposed Amendment to Tree Survey Requirement
Downtown Parking Committee
At the June 7 City Council meeting, City Council passed a resolution supporting the Downtown Parking Committee’s recommendations on locations for potential structured parking garages and a potential municipal facilities complex. The recommendations include:
- Conduct a study to determine the location of a future City Hall, proposing property east of Highway 5 as an option
- Consider the northeast and southeast sectors of downtown for future structured parking
- Avoid areas west of Kentucky Street for parking structures
Subsequent meetings will be 5:30-6:30 in City Hall Council Chambers. See the city calendarfor meeting dates. The meetings will be streamed live on McKinney Vision and available after the meeting. View history and videos from previous meetings View list of appointees
Construction in McKinney
The Building Inspections Department has created a list of New Construction and Addition Projects that are currently under review for permit or have recently received a permit. This list is updated on a regular basis. View report
New - Nine-acre Development
At the Oct. 18 City Council meeting, the city held a public hearing to solicit feedback on the site and façade plans presented by Columbus Realty Partners, Ltd. for the development on the city’s nine-acre property. City Council unanimously approved the plans and construction is scheduled to begin in January. Presentation
The city held an open house Sept. 15 at City Hall for residents to view updated renderings and elevations from Columbus Realty Partners, Ltd. of the nine-acre development in downtown.
Blount Fine Foods
Blount Fine Foods has acquired the former Food Source LP building and has announced expansion plans that will create an estimated 85 new jobs in McKinney during the next three years. The project will involve expansion of the existing building by up to 20,000 sq. ft. in the first phase of construction and up to an additional 50,000 sq. ft. in the second phase of their expansion project.
Hisun Motors Corp. to expand headquarters
MEDC announced China-based Hisun Motors Corporation will expand the company’s North American headquarters in McKinney, adding more than 44,000 square feet of warehouse space and 10 new jobs within three years. The expansion is scheduled for completion in October. The capital investment equals more than $4.5 million for real property and business personal property. Read the news release
Costco coming to McKinney
City Council approved an economic development agreement at the regular meeting on May 17 for the construction of a Costco Wholesale store at the northeast corner of Hardin Boulevard and U.S. 380. The building will be 153,000 square feet with more than 700 parking spaces and a fuel station for members. Costco will bring approximately 150-175 full and part-time jobs to the community. View the City Council meeting video
Barclays has informed the city of the following: Barclays has decided to close its McKinney site and relocate work to its technology hubs in the U.K. and India and some other U.S. sites. This will happen in phases, with three key migrations in June, August and early September. The site will close at the end of September 2016. Barclays is looking at a number of options for the site, including subletting.
There are approximately 270 employees at the site; 196 are permanent Barclays employees, and the rest are contractors (approx. 65) and managed service employees who support things such as facilities (approx. 10).
Like many municipalities, McKinney provides incentives to businesses to locate in the area. As part of agreements with McKinney local government, Barclays was eligible for a number of incentives. However, the bank has not taken any of the incentives that were available under the terms of the provided packages.
Lincoln Property Company, Inc. has notified the City of McKinney that it cannot proceed under the terms and conditions set forth in the Master Development Agreement entered into with the city. It has withdrawn from the agreement to serve as the master developer for the approximately 57 acres at the Gateway site surrounding the current anchor owners, such as Emerson Process Management. Read more
Finance Department Earns National Recognition for Budget
The city has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. In order to earn the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, budget documents must receive a proficient rating in four nationally recognized guidelines and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories for effective budgets, which include a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and a communications device. Finance staff has earned this award for 32 consecutive years. View McKinney’s comprehensive budgets.
City of McKinney Maintains Low Outstanding Debt Per Capita
Despite a large population and rapid growth, the City of McKinney has maintained a low rate of outstanding debt compared to other cities in Texas. According to a recent report by BOSC, Inc., McKinney is the 17th largest city in Texas with the seventh largest population increase, but ranks #262 in the state for General Obligation Bond Principal Outstanding Per Capita at $1,596. More information
Grade “A” Transparency
New - Arch Resorts Lawsuit
A state district judge requested McKinney seek an interpretation of its 2002 Interlocal Agreement with Collin County regarding platting and permitting procedures within the city’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).
Consequently, Collin County was added as a party to an existing lawsuit filed by an RV Park development, Arch Resorts, against the city in 2015. Read full set of FAQs
City of McKinney wins appeal in $9 million land dispute ruling
On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, a Texas appellate court overturned a $9 million judgment against the city to developer El Dorado Land Company, LP. The developer claimed the city violated a deed restriction by building John and Judy Gay Library in Gabe Nesbitt Community Park on designated park land, but the court ruled the library falls within the deed’s requirement that land be used for a “recreational facility.”
Upon learning of the court of appeals’ ruling, McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller said, “Contrary to the claims by El Dorado Land Company, the city has always firmly believed that having the John and Judy Gay Library in Gabe Nesbitt Community Park was consistent with the language of the deed. We’re glad the court of appeals agrees. The library is immensely popular and has enhanced the recreational benefits provided by the city to all of its citizens.”
New - Proposed Kittyhawk Transmission Line and an Electric Substation
Brazos Electric Power Cooperative has filed its application for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) for the installation of the Kittyhawk transmission line and an electric substation along the S.H. 121 (Sam Rayburn Tollway) corridor in southwest McKinney. This project is comprised of approximately 1.6 to 5.6 miles of 138kV double circuit transmission lines and a 5-acre substation site. Additional proposed locations for the installation of transmission line routes include Allen, Frisco and Plano.
Brazos Electric has notified property and landowners within 300 feet of each of the proposed locations to advise them of their right to participate in the proceedings. The PUCT will decide whether a transmission line application is approved and on which route the line is constructed.
The City of McKinney has filed a Motion to Intervene in the PUCT proceeding. Stakeholders with property that may be affected by any of the proposed routes or substation locations are also encouraged to intervene in the docket to stay informed with the latest updates regarding the project.
To become an intervenor, a statement must be filed with the PUCT by Nov. 28, 2016. This statement should describe how the proposed transmission line and/or substation affects your property. Detailed information about the PUCT process and how to become an intervenor can be found online.
Stakeholders are asked to send contact information for their respective legal teams to Chandler Merritt so the city can coordinate information on upcoming meetings of the PUCT regarding this project.
Additional information about the proposed Kittyhawk transmission line and electric substation can be found on the Brazos website and the CoServ website. More information on Landowners and Transmission Line Cases at the Public Utility Commission of Texas can also be found online.
Below is a brief history of the proposed Kittyhawk project:
- On May 17, Brazos held a stakeholder’s meeting to formally present the project to the public and hear feedback on the proposed locations.
- On May 23, CoServ Electric made a presentation to City Council regarding the project.
- On June 7, the McKinney City Council unanimously voted to oppose the proposed project as it pertains to the construction of the substation and associated transmission lines within the City of McKinney.
- On July 7, Brazos removed two of the proposed routes (M and Z) from the proposed plan presented to the City Council on May 23.
- On Oct. 14, Brazos filed its CCN application with the PUCT.
- On Oct. 17, the city filed a Motion to Intervene with the PUCT.
- On Nov. 28, all intervening statements from stakeholders must be submitted to the PUCT.
MEDC and MCDC Board Meetings Now Televised
Monthly board meetings for the McKinney Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) will now air on McKinney TV, the city’s broadcast TV station. McKinneyVision is available to Spectrum Cable subscribers on channel 16 and to AT&T U-Verse subscribers on channel 99. Additionally, all programming streams live and is available for archived-on-demand viewing on the city website.
The normal schedule for MEDC meetings is on the third Tuesday of every month at 8 a.m. and the fourth Thursday of the month at 8 a.m. for MCDC meetings.
Update on public transit
City Council voted May 17 to seek limited public transportation options for the elderly and disabled requiring transit within McKinney city limits. Read the story