Updating the City’s development regulations is a major undertaking and will require substantial community input and collaboration among a wide range of McKinney stakeholders. Below is a summary of the project timeline and major project tasks:
Task 1: Project Orientation - Summer 2019 (complete)
As a first step, the team reviewed background ordinances, plans, and related materials to prepare for initial meetings in July 2019 with City staff, decision-making bodies, the Technical Advisory Committee, the Citizen Advisory Committee, the McKinney Development Committee, and other community stakeholders. These meetings helped shed light on where the current regulations are working well, and where they can be improved. The project team also toured McKinney with City staff to see how key land use issues are playing out in practice.
Task 2: Short-Term Priority Amendments (underway - early 2020)
The project team will draft targeted code amendments to address known code issues that require immediate attention. The specific topics addressed during this task will be identified during Task 1. Example topics may include parking ratios, screening requirements, revisions to tree preservation requirements, etc.
Task 4: Prepare the Draft Development Code - beginning Spring 2020
Installment 1: Administration & Procedures
This installment will address all review and approval procedures in McKinney related to land use and development, along with enforcement procedures and rules for nonconformities. Existing procedures will be reviewed and updated accordingly to promote efficient and predictable decision-making.
Installment 2: Zoning Districts & Uses
This installment will update the zoning districts, including dimensional standards (building setbacks, height standards, lot coverage, etc.), and the use permissions for land uses in each zoning district. This material will reflect the land use strategies identified in the ONE McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan and other area-specific planning efforts.
Installment 3: Development & Design Standards
This installment will include standards that address the look and feel of new development and redevelopment, such as grading and drainage, landscaping, parking, access and connectivity, building design, and signs. The development standards are also expected to address environmental and open space protection, sustainability, and redevelopment and infill standards. Sign regulations is also proposed to be included in this installment.
For each of the three installments, the project team will first provide a staff draft to be reviewed internally for technical accuracy and to ensure appropriate direction. Following staff comments, the team will prepare a public draft and post those materials on the project website and present the materials in person to the various committees and to the general public. The team will collect comments received on the three installments and then prepare a single Consolidated Draft for further review prior to beginning the adoption process.
Task 5: Adoption
After receiving input on the Consolidated Draft, the project team will create an Adoption Draft that will be considered for recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission and approval by the City Council.
As a companion guide to the new Development Code, the team will prepare an Executive Summary that describes the project, compares the existing and proposed regulations, and summarizes all major changes. This material will be presented by the project team during a series of public hearings to inform and educate decision-making bodies and to solicit additional public input.
Task 3: Code Assessment - Fall 2019 (complete)
The project team evaluated the current development regulations in detail and prepared a report that outlines the major issues to be addressed in the update project, based on the team’s independent review and also stakeholder feedback. The assessment incorporates potential new approaches for McKinney based on national and local best practices. An annotated outline was also prepared showing how a revised code could be organized, serving as a roadmap for the remainder of the project.
The Assessment Report is avaialble for review now!