McKinney residents turn out to oppose proposed event center

A proposed event center will go to McKinney City Council on July 21 with a negative recommendation from Planning and Zoning Commissioners. (Illustration courtesy city of McKinney)
A proposed event center will go to McKinney City Council on July 21 with a negative recommendation from Planning and Zoning Commissioners. (Illustration courtesy city of McKinney)

A proposed event center will go to McKinney City Council on July 21 with a negative recommendation from Planning and Zoning Commissioners. (Illustration courtesy city of McKinney)

The developer of a proposed McKinney event center will get another chance to make an impression on area residents at an upcoming City Council meeting.

Area homeowners packed McKinney Council Chambers for the June 23 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Most were opposed to the development, which they said would result in more traffic and more noise and is the wrong fit for the surrounding neighborhoods.

“There is nothing to support it,” resident Asha Shetty said, pointing out that wedding event centers are usually in proximity to hotels and airports.

The proposed event center would be located on 14.01 acres at the southwest corner of Virginia Parkway and Lake Forest Drive. The development would have both indoor and outdoor uses and be able to seat about 800 people for events such as weddings, corporate events, receptions and various other ceremonies, according to meeting documents.

Outdoor uses would consist of small weddings, small dinners and photos, according to meeting documents. The development would include a pond area, a fountain and a gazebo. A 6-foot screening wall would surround the property.


The applicant for the event center had requested to rezone the site from planned development district to another planned development district that would allow for outdoor uses and for a larger building size.

In addition to the event center, the rezoning would also allow for retail and office to be developed on the site. The applicant suggested the retail element would be similar to a Walgreens or CVS Pharmacy.

The request for the development was ultimately denied by the P&Z Commissioners. Commissioners said they were OK with the event center there but had issues with the outdoor uses that would come with the requested zoning and the potential noise it could bring to the area.

The development request will be sent to the McKinney City Council on July 21 with a negative recommendation from commissioners.

By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.