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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
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
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 - October 2016
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
New - September 2016
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
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.”
Proposed Kittyhawk Transmission Line and an Electric Substation
- 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, 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 Council on May 23.
- On or around Sept. 2, Brazos intends to file a permit to the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
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