Request to rezone McKinney Storybook Ranch property withdrawn

The McKinney Planning and Zoning Commission supported a rezoning request that could allow multifamily buildings to be constructed on the Storybook Ranch property located at 3701 Custer Road, McKinney. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
The McKinney Planning and Zoning Commission supported a rezoning request that could allow multifamily buildings to be constructed on the Storybook Ranch property located at 3701 Custer Road, McKinney. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

The McKinney Planning and Zoning Commission supported a rezoning request that could allow multifamily buildings to be constructed on the Storybook Ranch property located at 3701 Custer Road, McKinney. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

A pending request to rezone the Storybook Ranch property in McKinney was withdrawn during a Feb. 4 McKinney City Council meeting by the applicant.

The request came from JPI Construction, which had plans to purchase Storybook Ranch if the rezoning was approved by council.

The rezoning, which received preliminary approval from the McKinney Planning and Zoning Commission during a Jan. 28 meeting, would have allowed for apartments and commercial uses on the property if approved during the February meeting, according to a letter of intent filed with the city.

Without council's approval, the property will remain under its current zoning.

Storybook Ranch, located at 3701 Custer Road, McKinney, has been operated by a nonprofit charity organization called River Ranch Educational Charities. The McKinney location provided space for events and gatherings for over 20 years. Still on the property is Dry Bones, a replica old-western town that is comprised of 15 authentic buildings from the mid-1800s that were brought in from various locations around the U.S.


JPI had plans to redevelop the property and build an apartment complex with up to 400 units and that would be no more than four stories tall. The proposed redevelopment could also include a restaurant and commercial spaces, the developer said during the planning and zoning meeting.

The applicant did not give any reasons for why the request was withdrawn. The rezoning request could appear on future agendas.
By Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August 2018.


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