Vaccines, development, ordinances shape top 10 news stories of 2021 from Frisco

Updates on COVID-19 vaccines, development in Frisco’s northern region and more comprise top news updates of 2021 from the city and Collin County. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Updates on COVID-19 vaccines, development in Frisco’s northern region and more comprise top news updates of 2021 from the city and Collin County. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

Updates on COVID-19 vaccines, development in Frisco’s northern region and more comprise top news updates of 2021 from the city and Collin County. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

Updates on COVID-19 vaccines, development in Frisco’s northern region and more comprise top news updates of 2021 from the city and Collin County.

Here is a list of the 10 most popular Community Impact Newspaper stories in the past year, based on website traffic.

1. Frisco taking appointments for vaccine hub at Stonebriar Centre mall

Nearly one month after requesting the state’s permission, the city of Frisco’s COVID-19 vaccine hub opened Feb. 2 at Stonebriar Centre mall.

2. Collin County temporarily suspends vaccine waitlist signups to work through demand amid short supply


Collin County commissioners on Feb. 8 decided to pause processing new registrations to the county's online COVID-19 vaccine waitlist due to an imbalance of available doses and demand for them.

3. Frisco vaccine site pulling from Collin County waitlist

The city of Frisco’s COVID-19 vaccine site at Stonebriar Centre mall began pulling from the Collin County vaccine waitlist for appointments, County Administrator Bill Bilyeu told commissioners during their March 1 meeting.

4. $1B mixed-use project coming to Frisco part of 'halo effect' of PGA

Frisco City Council voted unanimously May 18 to approve a rezoning request that paves the way for a $1 billion mixed-use development east of the PGA Frisco project.

5. ‘The largest zoning case in Frisco’: Fields vision to transform challenging terrain

Fehmi Karahan described his work with Legacy West and The Shops at Legacy in Plano as comparable to winning “the Super Bowl several times.” He said he kept facing the question of, “What is next?” even though at the time he had no desire to do another project.

6. Free COVID-19 testing site in Frisco moves to Toyota Stadium

The state relocated a free drive-thru COVID-19 saliva testing site in Frisco to Toyota Stadium’s Corolla Red Lot on Nov. 2.

7. Frisco completes its part of the Six Cities Trail Connector

The city of Frisco was officially connected to Plano via the Six Cities Hike & Bike Trail. Crews completed 0.34 miles of trail on the Six Cities Trail connector, which is part of the Collin County Regional Trail Master Plan. The trail connects Frisco to trails in Plano, McKinney, Allen, Richardson and Garland.

8. Speed limit lowered on FM 423 in Frisco

The Frisco Police Department announced April 15 that FM 423 south of Main Street has been lowered from 55 mph to 50 mph. Enforcement along this corridor began immediately, officials said.

9. Frisco temporarily closes, adjusts some children's programming due to rising COVID-19 cases in region

The city of Frisco announced Aug. 25 that hours for some facilities and programs for children will close or have modified hours due to surging cases of COVID-19 in the region.

10. Frisco repeals all distance, separation requirements for alcoholic beverage sales in certain zones

City Council members, who met virtually Feb. 2 in what Mayor Jeff Cheney said was a first for the group, voted to repeal distance and separation requirements for alcoholic beverage sales in certain zoning districts.
By Matt Payne
Matt Payne reports on Frisco City Hall and its committees, Collin County Commissioners and McKinney business. His experience includes serving as online content editor at Fort Worth Magazine and city editor at the Killeen Daily Herald. He is a 2017 graduate of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.