By Angie Bado, TSB Publisher
In action taken at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, council members approved a request by IBG Holdings, Inc. to to modify the developments standards of approximately 20 acres within the Adriatica planned development.
The applicant requested a variance in the original PD ordinance that stipulated that a total of 285 residential units may be developed in the Town Center District as long as a total 120,000 square feet of floor area commercial use, exclusive of parking, be constructed prior to the development of the residential units.
George Fuller, of George Fuller Contracting, who is also a partner in IBG Holdings, Inc., asked council to consider the existing commercial use on the perimeter of the development as adequate to begin construction of residential units within the Town Center District.
The approved changes in the ordinance will allow for the first 50 townhouse or condominium/loft residential units in the Town Center District to be constructed concurrently with 40,000 square feet of floor area of commercial uses, exclusive of parking, the next 100 residential units concurrently with 50,000 square feet of commercial use, and the remaining 135 townhouse or condominium/loft unites to be constructed concurrently with 30,000 square feet of commercial use property.
The applicant was also granted rezoning to increase the maximum height of buildings within the Town Center District from 50 feet to 60 feet.
Fuller told council that the height change is necessary to make the buildings within the area more architecturally pleasing, allowing for pitched roofs. Clay tile roofing would be more anesthetically pleasing Fuller said, stressing that the change does not add additional stories or density within the area.
Councilman David Brooks (At-Large), who is also a partner in IBG Holdings, recused himself from the discussion and the vote.
In other action, council voted to adopt a joint 2013 State Legislative agenda, partnering the City of McKinney and the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. The agenda focuses on six major areas in the best interest of McKinney’s citizens and businesses, including: economic development, education and workforce, health care, transportation, taxes and spending, and water. The agenda also opposes legislation that threatens local control and, or, imposes unfunded mandates.
Mayor Loughmiller said adopting the joint resolution “strengthens our position in Austin when we are united from the public and private sectors.”