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City Council Notebook: Townhomes, Cell Phone Tower Discussed, Community Development Block Grant Approved

By Ben Lane, TSB Staff

The McKinney City Council discussed and voted on several items in their meeting on Tuesday evening.

Community Development Block Grant Approved: The council voted to approve 2013-2014 annual action plan for the Community Development Block Grant. CDBG is a grant program that provides communities with funding to encourage development throughout the community.

The presentation to the council outlined CDBG’s purpose: “The City of McKinney uses CDBG as a quality of life investment toward goals to develop and revitalize viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.”

According the presentation provided to the city council, the City of McKinney anticipates receiving $710,285 in CDBG funding for the program year, October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. According to the presentation, the CDBG money would be distributed to many organizations in McKinney, including:

  • The Samaritan Inn – $12,000
  • Community Lifeline Center – $10,000
  • Health Services of North Texas –$6,375
  • City House – $6,473
  • CASA of Collin County – $8,500
  • Collin County Committee on Aging, Inc. – $11,098
  • Children and Community Health Center – $11,000
  • Holy Family School – $5,750
  • Community Dental Health –  $10,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County –$8,500
  • Habitat for Humanity of North Collin County – $10,000
  • Housing Rehabilitation –$333,232
  • Community Services – $60,750
  • CDBG Economic Development – $68,800
  • Grant Administration – $142,057

Public Hearing on Proposed Townhomes at Corner of Willie Street and Parker Street Conducted: A public hearing was held to discuss a proposed townhome development at the northeast corner of Willie Street and Parker Street. Nine McKinney residents either spoke out against this development or requested that the council note their opposition to the development.

At the June 25 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission, several residents also spoke in opposition of the development. On both occasions, the residents said that the townhomes would negatively affect the surrounding properties due to the expected population density. The residents also stated that the proposed architecture of the townhomes would not be consistent with the other homes in the Historic District and that the price of the townhomes did not represent market demand.

The residents also said that the increased traffic patterns would negatively affect the neighboring school, Cornerstone Christian Academy. During the June 25 meeting, he planning and zoning commission voted 5-2 to recommend denial of the request.

No vote was taken in Tuesday’s city council meeting either as the applicant has requested the vote be tabled indefinitely. McKinney Director of Planning Michael Quint told the council that the applicant is considering canceling the development plans completely.

Request for Verizon Cell Phone Tower Tabled to a Future Meeting: A request from Verizon Wireless to build a new cell phone tower located approximately 1,500 feet East of Lake Forest Drive and approximately 230 feet South of future Collin McKinney Parkway. The plans for the proposed cell phone tower show the tower exceeding the maximum height for cell phone towers in McKinney.

According to the presentation to the Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, the Commission voted 5-2-0 on March 26 to recommend denial of the cell phone tower plans to the council. The vote on the tower was also tabled at the April 16 meeting at the request of the applicant in order to redesign the site’s layout.

City staff presented the new plans to the council on Tuesday after determining that the changes made were significant enough to warrant a new vote from the Planning and Zoning Commission. That vote took place on May 28 and the Commission members voted 5-1 to deny the updated request.

Because the Zoning and Planning Commission voted to deny the request, it would require a super majority vote (six of seven council members voting in favor) to approve the request. Councilwoman Geralyn Kever was absent from the Tuesday meeting so no super majority vote could be taken. The request was tabled until the August 5 City Council meeting.

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