McKinney P&Z commissioners OK changes to shared parking in downtown, Hwy. 5 district

McKinney P&Z commissioners are allowing for more shared parking in downtown McKinney and east of Hwy. 5. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
McKinney P&Z commissioners are allowing for more shared parking in downtown McKinney and east of Hwy. 5. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

McKinney P&Z commissioners are allowing for more shared parking in downtown McKinney and east of Hwy. 5. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

The McKinney Planning and Zoning Commission approved a change to parking requirements for businesses in the McKinney Town District, an area which includes downtown McKinney and east of Hwy. 5.

Currently, a limited number of parking spaces in this district can be applied toward parking space requirements for two different uses. With the change, that allowance for shared parking will be expanded to include the use of public off-street and on-street parking spaces, so long as they are within 200 feet of the business or destination, according to meeting documents. This also eliminates shared parking agreements between businesses.

“What staff is thinking with this is that as we are getting more development interest in areas of Hwy. 5, we would allow development to use some existing parking that is already there or will come online,” Assistant Director of Planning Mark Doty said.

He specifically cited the parking garages located in downtown, and then parking for the new City Hall east of Hwy. 5 will also be able to use some of this parking.

“We're hoping that this will help to spur more redevelopment and kind of relax some of those parking requirements that we have currently to encourage that development,” Doty said.


Commissioners approved the change unanimously at the meeting Aug. 11. It will move on to be considered by McKinney City Council at the Sept. 1 meeting, McKinney P&Z Chair Bill Cox said.
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.