At a McKinney Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Jan. 12, commissioners voted 5-2 to rezone about 28 acres to allow for residences, a hotel and retail/restaurant spaces.
The proposed development calls for low-density, detached housing, similar to a “more urban single family residential development comprised of a variety of housing sizes and styles,” according to meeting documents. Concepts for the development include a shared front yard space between residences on the north side of the development, with parking in the rear.
The target market for this community would be residents who need or want to lease rather than own, but who also want to live in an area with detached single-family, duplex or townhouse options close to city amenities, documents stated.
The applicant acknowledged that the city is wary of approving apartments in this area, and included restrictions for density and dwelling units that will ward off these types of developments.
Amenities for the residential component include a resort pool, a multipurpose clubhouse building, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, yoga and fitness rooms, private maintained yards with doggy doors, and a Zoom room with a built-in desk that caters to the growing population working from home, according to the presentation.
The project also calls for tracts for commercial and retail spaces as well as a proposed hotel.
Commissioners ultimately gave the rezoning a favorable recommendation, with commissioners Deanna Kukendall and Christopher Haeckler voting against. McKinney City Council will consider this item at its Feb. 2 meeting.
“This is a challenging site, the applicant and staff have worked together to come up with a layout that really improves an area of town that has been a challenge to have people come in and commit the dollars required to do what they’re talking about,” Commission Chair Bill Cox said.