By Ben Lane, TSB Staff
Houses and apartments in McKinney were discussed at length Monday night at a special meeting of the McKinney City Council. The Gateway Hotel & Convention Center was also on the docket.
Home Growth in 2012: A positive example of the city’s growth was pointed out by Barry Shelton, executive director of development services, who revealed a 40.8 percent growth in approved single-family lot home applications last year over 2011. In fact, 2012 also saw 718 new single-family lot applications approved, a drastic increase from 2009 when only 97 applications were approved.
Parking Space Changes for Apartments: The Council unanimously passed a request from the Zoning and Planning Commission to change parking space requirements for new apartment building construction. The commission had received feedback that the previous ordinance, requiring each unit to have one enclosed parking space, was a hindrance to builders and developers. Therefore the commission requested the ordinance be changed to state that each new unit built be guaranteed a parking spot, but that only 50% of the units had to have an enclosed parking space. The previous ordinance, which passed in 2009, also required 0.5 additional spaces per bedroom. That part of the statute was not changed.
Beck Construction Approved: The council approved Beck Construction as the construction manager at risk for the Gateway Hotel and Convention Center project. Roger Harris, Geralyn Kever, Don Day and Brian Loughmiller voted to approve the selection of Beck Construction, while Travis Ussery and Ray Ricchi voted against it. David Brooks was not in attendance at the meeting.
Wait a Bit: A comprehensive rezoning ordinance for McKinney Town Center was discussed but ultimately tabled until the April 2 meeting.