UPDATE: McKinney council OKs development concepts at old Craig Ranch Ballfields

The overarching zoning of the property includes a total of 55.5 acres geared toward a mixture of commercial, hotel/motel, outdoor amusement and urban multifamily residential. (Courtesy city of McKinney)
The overarching zoning of the property includes a total of 55.5 acres geared toward a mixture of commercial, hotel/motel, outdoor amusement and urban multifamily residential. (Courtesy city of McKinney)

The overarching zoning of the property includes a total of 55.5 acres geared toward a mixture of commercial, hotel/motel, outdoor amusement and urban multifamily residential. (Courtesy city of McKinney)

Updated March 16

Developers received approval March 16 to tweak the general development plan for the Craig Ranch ballfields, which had originally been submitted and approved in December.

Changes to the development plan include moving the access point, and having one of the buildings of the multifamily develop increase by about 20 units.

Council members and city staff pointed out that while the number of units was increasing, the number of units was still lower than what developers are permitted to build under the existing zoning.

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McKinney City Council continues to move along in revamping the defunct Craig Ranch Ballfields.

On Dec. 15, council members approved a general development plan submitted by Morrow Investors that outlines the conceptual site layout on the land, including building placements, driveways and other infrastructural fixtures.

“We’re just evaluating the general building location access points and where parking is going to be provided,” McKinney Planning Director Jennifer Arnold said Dec. 15. “It is consistent with the zoning requirements.”

The overarching zoning of the property includes a total of 55.5 acres geared toward a mixture of commercial, hotel/motel, outdoor amusement and urban multifamily residential uses, Arnold said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper.

Arnold said roughly 35 acres of the total 55.5 acres allow for urban multifamily uses. Each building will have a parking garage, courtyard and other required amenities, according to a letter of intent submitted to council.

Zoning for the development was originally approved Aug. 6, 2018, per city documents

Arnold did not have an expected groundbreaking date and emphasized that plans are still developing. The city of McKinney currently does not have renderings of the planned developments.

“What I can say is that the [general development plan] is an extremely early plan for the property,” Arnold said in an email. “They will still need to submit and get review/approvals of a site plan, any necessary plats, and any necessary engineering plans before they can start going vertical with construction.”
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.


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