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
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the McKinney edition.


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