A specific use permit for a church near Frisco Ranch Estates will not move forward following a 4-1 vote for denial by the Frisco Planning & Zoning Commission.

The Church in McKinney requested the permit to build an L-shaped church on nearly 2 acres at the corner of North County Road and Cottonwood Street. The commission had originally tabled the permit request April 14. It heard new information and held a public hearing at its April 28 meeting before voting to deny the request.

Changes to the plan included removing driveway connection to Cottonwood Street and adding overflow parking at Frisco ISD’s nearby natatorium, according to city documents.

Chair Robert Cox and other commissioners cited the project's lack of compatibility with the neighborhood and flaws in the comprehensive plan as reasons for the permit's denial.

"I've been on Planning & Zoning for over 5 years now. This is probably the toughest case I've had in front of me," Cox said. "Because the SUP does allow for churches in residential uses, but it has to be in the right location."