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Terminal and Hangar Project
The City of McKinney has entered into a public-private partnership with Western LLC for a $16 million construction project at the McKinney National Airport that will update and expand its facilities and include a new state-of-the-art fixed-base operator (FBO) terminal and 40,000-square-foot hangar.
Airport Land Acquisition
At the Dec. 19, 2017 City Council meeting, the Council voted (5-1) to authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement with VTCR LP, Prairie Flight LP, and MADMT LP, collectively, for the purchase of approximately 190 acres of land located generally at the southeast side of McKinney National Airport. The land was purchased with cash for $22.3 million.
Before the purchase, the city-owned 775 acres of land comprising the airport, and pursuant to the recommendations of an updated airport master plan, the city aims to add up to 500 acres in the coming years to protect the growth potential of the airport. View the Q&A.
Master Plan Update
The McKinney National Airport updated its master plan study to produce an efficient and environmentally conscious development plan to sustain healthy growth and service during the next 20 years. View the 2016-17 Master Plan Update.
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Legislative Priorities Approved
Texas Legislature will decide many significant issues that directly and indirectly impact residents and businesses of McKinney, their local government, and their quality of life.
Every other year, Council adopts the State Legislative Agenda to provide guidance to the representatives of the Texas State Legislature and advocates of the city in the legislative process.
View McKinney's Legislative Priorities
Recent Business Updates
Wireless Technology and 5G
McKinney wants to maintain our high quality of living standard, which includes adequate wireless coverage and be a place that businesses want to call home. Learn more about the city’s efforts to increase wireless coverage and bring 5G technology to the city.
Craig Ranch Hotel
The City of McKinney approved a tax incentive plan in May 2017 for an upscale lifestyle hotel and conference center in Craig Ranch through a public-private partnership. The project will be located on an eight-acre site at the corner of Collin McKinney Pkwy. and Weiskopf Ave. within the 2,200-acre Craig Ranch master-planned development. Read more
McKinney earns AAA ratings from Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s
The City of McKinney once again received the highest ratings issued from two major credit rating agencies for its general obligation (GO) bonds. The city earned a rating of Aaa from Moody’s and AAA from Standard & Poor’s. Standard & Poor’s assigned its 'AAA' long-term rating to the city’s series 2018 general obligation (GO) bonds and affirmed its 'AAA' rating on the city's existing GO bonds and certificates of obligation.
Moody’s said the rating reflects the city's rapidly expanding tax base, strong fiscal management and long-term forecasting that has led to stable financial performance and very strong reserve levels. S&P cited the city’s very strong management, strong financial policies and institutional framework as reasons for its high ratings.
In addition to the city’s ratings for its general obligation bonds, McKinney received a rating of AA+ with an outlook of stable from Standard & Poor’s and Aa2 from Moody’s for its water and wastewater utilities system.
The City of McKinney is the first city and government entity in the state to receive all five transparency stars from the Texas Comptroller’s program that recognizes local government entities that provide easy online access to important financial data. McKinney earned stars in the areas of Traditional Finances, Contracts and Procurement, Economic Development, Public Pensions and Debt Obligations.
Finance Department Earns National Recognition for Budget
The city has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. In order to earn the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, budget documents must receive a proficient rating in four nationally recognized guidelines and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories for effective budgets, which include a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and a communications device. Finance staff has earned this award for more than 30 consecutive years. View McKinney’s comprehensive budgets.
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Special Event Ordinance Changes
In December 2018, the City of McKinney made amendments to the Special Event ordinances. These updates were established to help the city manage requests, assist with scheduling and provide a mechanism to partially recover costs. Ordinances had not previously been modified since 2009.
Special event ordinance amendments passed in December were the result of a long process including review of policies among peer communities, input from event organizers and feedback from city departments.
Amendments include the following:
- Increase of permit application fee to $100
- Implementation of "Restricted Use" streets
- Establishment of site restoration trail fees
- Creation of Preferred and Independent Routes
For more information, please email Andrew Jones, Special Event Coordinator.
North Texas Municipal Water District
Four member cities have filed a petition with the PUC to review the current rate structure contained in the member city agreement with NTMWD. Read the FAQs
U.S. 380 Feasibility Study
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is conducting an expanded U.S. 380 Feasibility Study to evaluate options for a controlled-access facility in and through Collin County. As an engaged Stakeholder in this process, the city has shared with TxDOT all of the options previously considered by the city for U.S. 380, including citizen feedback, Council discussions and high-level constraint maps. Although the city is no longer exploring options for a U.S. 380 bypass, the city will continue to provide feedback at stakeholder meetings on the potential alignments identified as part of the expanded TxDOT study. Learn more