Businesses in the downtown McKinney district can share more parking spaces thanks to a change to parking requirements the McKinney City Council approved at its Sept. 1 meeting.

The McKinney Town District includes downtown McKinney and east of Hwy. 5.

A limited number of parking spaces in this district currently 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.

“We’re hoping this will encourage new development and ease some of those restrictions,” Assistant Director of Planning Mark Doty told the council.