Development Regulations

Recent Amendments

  • City Council adopted changes to the Zoning Ordinance on August 21, 2018 CC-2018-08-062


Potential Amendments

As you may be aware, City Council held a discussion of motor vehicle sales during the September 17, 2018 Work Session. Council noted the prevalence of motor vehicle sales developing along major corridors and in other areas of the city. With properties not developing as envisioned under the zoning and Future Land Use Plan, Council requested that staff re-evaluate the Zoning Ordinance to address these concerns.


To provide some context, the City of McKinney’s Zoning Ordinance has been in place since the late 1960s, and is based on traditional, or pyramid, zoning. In this zoning scheme, each district builds in intensity but does not necessarily take into account land use compatibility between less intense (residential) and more intense (commercial or industrial) uses. Due to this structure, motor vehicle sales and uses are allowed in a variety of districts and locations - not all of which may be appropriate. In order to help address this, 14 new zoning districts (in green on the attached Schedule of Uses redline) were adopted in 2014 that took into consideration the allowance of residential, commercial and industrial uses among the districts. The existing zoning districts were not modified at that time, and although it is no longer possible to zone or rezone to some of these districts, there are remaining locations in the city where these zoning districts still exist.


Since early June, staff has been thoroughly re-evaluating and analyzing the city’s existing regulations while simultaneously drafting amendments that address the feedback we’ve received to date. That said, we also feel that it is important to receive feedback from the community in addition to the Council and Commission. With that in mind, staff is seeking feedback from the public prior to consideration by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. Potential amendments will explore the following:

  • Inconsistencies between old and new zoning districts.
  • Discretionary review of motor vehicle sales in old non-residential districts (BG, C, BC, ML and MH) by requiring a Specific Use Permit.


Potential amendments will be presented at the City Council meeting on November 6, 2018 in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.


Zoning Regulations


Subdivision Regulations


McKinney Town Center Zoning District (MTC)

Excerpt from Chapter 146 of the City of McKinney Code of Ordinances - Zoning Regulations