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Due to McKinney’s rapid growth into areas that once were rural, residents often encounter local wildlife. Some of the animals that may be encountered include: opossums, raccoons, skunks, snakes, foxes, bobcats, bats, squirrels and armadillos. Although most wild animals pose no threat to humans if left alone, there are steps you can take to protect your pets from harm:
For more information on wildlife in Texas please visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.
Download the Native Texan flowchart (PDF). Remember, a baby's best chance for survival is with its mother!
If you find a wild animal in need, find a Texas Parks and Wildlife licensed rehabilitation specialist to assist at AHNow.org
McKinney is known for its nature, and various wildlife calls the city home. Since feral hogs do best in their natural environment and not in developed cities, the city has contracted with USDA-Texas Wildlife Services to help remove feral hogs who have become a public safety concern from public property.
For more information about USDA-Texas Wildlife Services' private removal services, contact:
Adam HenryWildlife Damage Management Biologist - UrbanUSDA-Texas Wildlife Services817-978-2630
All wild animals can potentially be dangerous, especially when wounded or cornered. In a natural state, feral hogs are not considered dangerous and prefer to run and escape danger.
Extreme caution should be maintained when encountering any wounded, cornered, trapped animal or females with young.
In a word, everything. Feral hogs are omnivorous, meaning they eat both plant and animal matter. They are very opportunistic feeders, and much of their diet is based on availability.
Foods include grasses, forbs, roots and tubers, browse, acorns, fruits, and bulbs. Animal matter includes invertebrates (insects, snails, and earthworms), reptiles, and birds. Hogs will also feed on domestic animals if given the opportunity.
You have the chance to work with your friends, connect with new people, and make a difference in your community!
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The Apex Centre is always searching for passionate instructors to offer classes and programs. Interested in leading the community towards a healthy and fit lifestyle? Fill out the Instructor Application.
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Create an account online, bring the necessary documentation to the Apex Centre and visit with a Customer Service Representative at the front desk. We will verify your information, ask you a few questions, and get you started in no time!
View our Memberships & Day Pass page for more information on rates, policies, and documentation needed upon your first visit.
Apex Centre Hours
Yes, we offer FREE tours of the facility. Visit the Hours page and come in during operating hours for your tour.
Apex Centre asks that all members and guests abide by our policies and rules while visiting the facility. Policies and rules are subject to change at the discretion of Apex Centre staff.
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The Hours page includes the facility hours, playroom, gymnasium, volleyball, pools, dry sauna, camp and holiday hours.
Members Only Hours - Outdoor Pool (Summer)As a benefit to our members, the outdoor pool is reserved exclusively for members and their guests from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Non-members can only enter as members' guests during this time. Residents of McKinney may enter with the purchase of a day pass beginning at 12 p.m.
Visit our online portal and follow the step-by-step instructions. Unsure if you have an existing account with us? - Please email Contact-Apex@McKinneyTexas.org or call 972-547-2739 to avoid duplication.
Yes, a supervised playroom is available for children ages 3 months to 9 years. Learn More.
The Apex Centre is a tobacco-free facility. This includes the use of e-cigarettes.
Since the Apex Centre is a family facility, proper attire includes shirts or tops that cover the torso without being revealing, shorts or pants and proper footwear. If you are swimming, wear a family-oriented swimsuit with a lining. Cutoffs or undergarments are not considered appropriate swimwear. Footwear must be worn at all times in the Apex Centre. In the gym, on the fitness floor and in the weight room, closed-toed shoes are required for safety.
Lockers are available inside the facility. Lockers will have key pads to enter a day-use number, so no padlocks are needed. Lockers are for day use only and items must be removed at the end of the day. Return to our homepage here.
Yes. In the event of pool closure due to inclement weather, a raincheck may be given if the patron has been at the pool for less than 2 hours. Even if the indoor pool stays open while the outdoor pool closes, the rain check policy will not apply. No refunds permitted. Management reserves the right to suspend operation and/or close the pools at any time and initiate the rain check policy. See more guidelines here.
When lightning occurs, the pools will be closed. If we are unable to reopen after thirty minutes, the pool will close and attempt to reopen later in the day. This policy is in effect until one hour prior to official closing time. This affects indoor and outdoor pool operations.
Yes, the Apex Centre is ADA Compliant and offers a pool lift. Return to the Apex Centre homepage.
While we are not responsible for lost or stolen items, we do hold lost and found items for a short period of time. Please visit our front desk for more details. Return to our homepage.
Daily passes can be purchased anytime during operating hours. Membership and Day Pass fees are differentiated by residency and age. McKinney residents will pay a discounted rate, while non-residents will pay standard rates. Residents are considered to be those who pay their property taxes to the City of McKinney – not MISD families or McKinney mailing addresses who pay property taxes elsewhere. Memberships can be paid monthly or annually with an additional discount.
Members Only Hours - Outdoor Pool (Summer)As a benefit to our members, the outdoor pool contains Members-Only Weekend, plus Members-Only Hours reserved exclusively for members and their guests.
Learn more about our memberships and day passes today.
Lost/ Replacement Membership CardsAll membership cards that are lost or misplaced will incur a $5 replacement fee. For more details on memberships, visit our Membership page.
Day passes include unlimited use of non-instructional aquatics, fitness equipment, indoor track and gym (age permitting) and non-specialty group exercise classes. Learn more about our Day Passes.
The Apex Centre does not offer a discount for those who choose not to work out, swim or participate in a program. All guests entering the facility must have a membership or purchase a day pass. See our membership and day pass page.
A family constitutes at least one and no more than two adult heads of household and dependents that are 23 years of age or younger in school or living at home. It also includes persons with special needs living as a single housekeeping unit at the same address.
Learn more about Apex Centre memberships.
Annual passes are non-refundable. If you choose to purchase an annual pass by paying for one year in full, the pass is non-refundable with the exception of the 30-day opt-out period. Learn more about our memberships.
Individual or family annual members may transfer the pass to another individual or family. If the individual or family receiving the annual pass is a non-resident of the City of McKinney, the receiving party will be required to pay the difference between the resident annual pass fee and the non-resident annual pass fee. If a non-resident annual membership is transferring their annual pass to a resident of the City of McKinney, there is no refund for the price difference. Learn more about our memberships.
You may freeze your membership for $10 per month. If you have a family pass and elect to freeze the pass, use for the entire family will be frozen. Learn more about our memberships.
Annual members may only request a refund within the first 30 days from the date of purchase.
All requests must be submitted in writing, either by filling out the form or by emailing ApexMem@McKinneyTexas.org. A one-month fee at the monthly rate, plus a $75 service charge, will be deducted from the original amount paid at the time of refund.
Learn more about our memberships.
Yes, you have an account in our system. Please follow the online account registration instructions for returning users in our online portal.
Yes. Create an account online for a faster transaction at the front desk. See our day pass rates.
The Apex Centre offers group classes for a variety of ages focusing on cardio, core, flexibility and stability.
Free member classes
Swim lessons page
Register at our customer service desk. General group exercise classes (step, spin, yoga, etc.) are included with the membership and do not require an extra fee. There will also be numerous other fee-based programs for adults and children, and these will vary depending on time of year and membership requests. All classes and programs requiring additional fees must be paid at the time of registration.
Yes, check out the Apex Centre's camp page.
Yes. The Apex Centre does have personal trainers available. Read their bio and learn more about our packages today!
Yes, check out the Apex Centre's swim lessons page.
The Apex Centre offers the following amenities:
There is only one admission price, which includes access to all public areas. Day passes and annual / monthly memberships are available. Learn more about Apex Centre memberships.
Yes! The Apex Centre has numerous opportunities to host parties, weddings, reunions and other types of receptions and gatherings throughout the year.
Food and coolers are welcome. Glass items and alcohol are strictly prohibited. Check Apex Centre Policies & Rules before arriving.
Facilities rentals and prices are available here.
The Apex Centre has the following pools:
Learn More about Apex Centre aquatics
Yes! Apex Centre has an indoor dry sauna. More information is available on the Apex Centre Aquatics page for more details.
Yes, the Apex Centre offers swim lessons.
For more details and when registration opens, visit our Swim Lessons page.
Lap Lane Swimming is available at the Competition Pool.
Apex Centre Lap Lane availability schedule | Find out when and how many lanes are available,
Coolers and outside food and beverages are permitted. However, glass containers and alcohol are not permitted inside the pools or facility. All coolers are checked at the entry points to the facility.
Outside flotation devices are not permitted as they cover the surface of the pools and prevent lifeguards from seeing the bottoms of the pools. Face masks are not allowed in the pool; however, goggles that only cover the eyes are allowed.
Learn more on our Policies & Rules page.
Closed flume slides have a height requirement of 48". Open flume slides have a height requirement of 42".
Learn more on our Policies & Rules page.
You are allowed to bring a life jacket from home. All life jackets must be Coast Guard-approved. Little floaties and small flotation devices are not allowed at the Apex Centre pools.
To speak in person at a Council Meeting, print and fill out a City Council Meeting Speaker Request Form, or pick one up at City Hall, and give to staff at the meeting.
Do not email completed Speaker Request Forms.
Yes. there are three ways to comment remotely.
During regular meetings, citizens have the opportunity to submit their comments to Council remotely through the following channels:
Comments submitted by other means, including email, will not be included in the meeting record. All comments must be received between the time the agenda is posted and the start of the meeting to be entered into the meeting record.
*Comments received will be entered into the record of the meeting but may not be read aloud during the meeting.
The City of McKinney offers citizen access through the Legistar in-site system. Through it, you can search meeting calendars, agendas, video archives, and attachments at any time of day. Learn how to access Legistar and browse past agendas.
View time and location of City Council meetings, along with a current meeting list.
The meeting will begin with a call to order once 4/7 council members (quorum) are present. Council begins with an Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting then moves into citizen comments and Proclamations. Council will then act on the consent agenda. These are usually non-controversial or housekeeping items that can be approved without discussion and in a group. Council next considers regular agenda items individually. These items may be related to resolutions (non-legislative matters) or ordinances. Council takes action on an item when a member makes a motion, has it seconded, and approved by the majority. After the regular agenda, council can allow for more citizen comments and then has the opportunity to make comments themselves before ending the meeting.
The International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) is a model code that regulates the minimum maintenance requirements for existing commercial and residential structures and premises.
The IPMC requires that owners, and in some cases tenants, maintain their property and all structures on the property in good repair and in compliance with minimum standards. The goal of the city’s enforcement efforts is to bring properties into voluntary compliance, remove blight, stabilize property values, improve livability and reduce crimes fostered by neglected properties. In general, improve the quality of life for citizens.
Enforcement began in late March 2019 and applies to the entire city.
The most common violations are:
No, property owners are responsible to make these types of repairs and will receive notice from the city to do so. Tenants are held responsible for keeping the property free of junk, trash and debris, maintaining grass and weeds at a height of 12” or less and a variety of other non-structural compliance requirements.
Our primary goal is always education and voluntary compliance from every property owner. We believe that by working with our property owners to correct any issues with their property, we will maintain the unique quality of our neighborhoods. As a result, our Code Officers will work with property owners to establish reasonable timelines for compliance based on the type of violation and scope of the repair. Extenuating circumstances such as bad weather will also be considered in granting extensions. We expect to see a good-faith effort toward compliance and will direct property owners to the appropriate resources for their situation.
The City of McKinney offers the Housing Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program to qualified residents.
Although the city seeks voluntary compliance, in some instances the city is forced to take other enforcement action to reach compliance.
This may include:
Property owners may qualify for assistance with repairs. Information about assistance is provided through the Housing Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program.
Call or email the officer on the notice and provide your name, address of violation and contact information. The officer will talk to you about your specific violation.
CSS stands for Citizen Self Service portal. It allows applications, payments, and requests to be made online. Learn more and access the portal.
eReview is another component of our land management software system that allows you and staff to submit and return permit and plan comments, see review status updates and more. eReview can be accessed through your Permit or Plan Details page for each submittal on CSS or via the link provided in your submittal confirmation email. Watch a how-to video on the eReview process.
CSS is a web portal through which you can do the following:
eReview is a separate program / portal where the applicant and city staff can exchange document submittals and comments. This portal is only visible to you as the applicant, and you must be logged in to view your active cases and associated information.
Registration is very straightforward. Once on the CSS website, go to Sign Up and you will be walked through the steps. For more information, see our How to Register in CSS tutorial document, or watch our How to Register in CSS video.
Make sure you only put in the street number and street name when searching for the address. Do not include the suffix when searching for your address (i.e. exclude Drive, Parkway, Road, etc.). Also, make sure you click the magnifying glass to conduct the search.
You will receive an email with instructions after submitting your application. Please review our Plan Review Tutorial Video for additional details.
You will receive an email when your invoice has been created and is ready for payment.
Yes! We have videos available on our Development Portal webpage.
To add a contact to your application, the individual will first need to register in CSS. Once they have registered, you will be able to search and add them as a contact.
221 North Tennessee St, First Floor
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The original applicant (whoever is logged in when applying) will automatically be assigned as the billing contact. If you need to change the billing contact, please let us know and we can change it for you.
Please view our How to Print a Permit video.
The recommended web browser for both CSS and eReview is Internet Explorer. The Silverlight plugin will also be needed to upload files into the eReview program.
Zoning and city limit information is available through our interactive map. Once you’ve submitted in CSS, zoning will populate on your application in the District field of the permit details section.
Wait three minutes and try again. As long as you remember your password and are entering it correctly, it will let you in after it resets. If you need to reset your password, click the Forgot Password link and you will receive an email to reset your password.
Once inside eReview, navigate to the Review Details page for that particular case. Go to the review version you are inquiring about (i.e., Plan Review v.1, Plan Review v.2, etc.), and a list of review departments and staff reviewers will appear to the right. You can also view the status of that department’s review, the anticipated return date for comments and more.
Once your submittal has been received by the system, your files will turn blue on the Case Details page in eReview. Once the plans have been routed to staff, a new review version (i.e., Plan Review v.1, Plan Review v.2, etc.) will appear under Review Details, where you can also see the reviewers and due dates.
Please refer to our tutorial document for How to Add Additional Contacts to an Existing Permit. The instructions are the same as for a plan submittal, only there is a "plan number" instead of a "permit number" and the selection of contact types you can add will vary.
You will receive a confirmation email with a link and instructions on how to upload your plans if your submittal requires plan review. You will receive an email once your invoice is ready to be paid. You have the ability to log into your CSS account at any time to view your inspection results. Please view our How to View Inspection Results - PDF.
Since our permitting process is only digital now, all applicants must register and create an account in CSS before submitting any documentation.
To remove a contact from a permit, please call our Building Inspections staff. As long as all contacts have created an account in contacts, you have the ability to add additional contacts to your CSS application at any time. Navigate to the permit you would like to add contacts to, go to the Contact tab and then Add Contact. Type in the name and conduct a search to add a contact (this is why all contacts must register first).
You cannot cancel an inspection digitally through CSS. Please call 972-547-7400 and a Permit Technician will assist you with our inspection cancellation.
Enter the name and date of your event in the description field.
At the bottom of the CSS screen, go to the "Add Attachment" button to upload these documents.
Contact the Project Expediter or the Development Engineer assigned to your permit. They can make an adjustment in the system for you.
Once your Civil Plans and Bid Tabs have been approved by the Development Engineer assigned to your permit, our Project Expediter or Senior Construction Engineer will reach out to you to schedule this meeting. You may also contact us directly at 972-547-7475.
Call the Engineering Department at 972-547-7475.
Revisions can be viewed in eReview two ways. You have the option to navigate to eReview via the Plan Details page for that case in CSS, or via the link provided in the Plan Revisions Necessary email. For more details on viewing comments and uploading revisions, see our eReview Video. When uploading files to eReview, be sure to name each file according to the file type (i.e. an Amending Plat Exhibit would be named "Amending Plat," the Letter of Intent would be “Letter of Intent". This allows the system to create a category based on the file name, and for staff to quickly and easily identify uploaded files. Please note that at this time, only PDF files can be uploaded through eReview.
Your Case Manager’s name will be on the Plan Details page for each case, next to Assigned To.
Holds may be issued for a variety of reasons. If your status in CSS changes to “On Hold”, navigate to the Holds tab on the case’s Plan Details page for more information:
Please contact your case manager, listed next to Assigned To, to determine what needs to be done to remove the hold.
Review times vary. Please keep tuned to the status of your permit. If the status changes to On Hold, contact your Case Manager for more details as that means that more information is needed to move ahead.
Once your plans are approved, the status in CSS and eReview will update to Approved. Additionally, you will receive an email letting you know that your approval letter is ready to be viewed in CSS by navigating to Attachments on the Plan Details page for that case.
Email Planning or call 972-547-7409 to schedule your meeting. Please also see our Pre-development Meeting Guidelines for assistance.
Once your public improvements have been completed and accepted by Engineering, please submit any changes to the plat for review through eReviews. Please name the file “Final Plat Review.” Once this has been approved for filing, please bring in three signed original copies of the plat, as well as tax certificates for all properties being platted. Fees for filing can be found on the Collin County Clerk’s webpage. After the plat has been filed with the county, staff will notify you that your copy is ready to be picked up.
Please try removing any pre- or post-directions on the address. For example, instead of 211 N. Tennessee St., try entering 211 Tennessee. You can also navigate to the property on the map and manually select it, rather than typing in the address.
There are a few reasons this can happen:
Please call us at 972-547-7400 if you are still experiencing issues.
Any new contacts after the initial application must be added by City of McKinney staff. First, make sure the new contact is registered in CSS, then call 972-547-7400 or email CSS@McKinneyTexas.org. A current, verified contact must be the one to request the change.
Please try the following:
Usually, this happens when you try to schedule an inspection without completing other required inspections (must be scheduled and approved before this inspection). Please call us at 972-547-7400 to confirm.
Please call 972-547-7400 to confirm.
Please make sure after you log into CSS that you select Dashboard and scroll down to the bottom right-hand section that says Invoices. Click Add to Cart if it shows fees due. You can also access your invoices by navigating to My Work > My Invoices.
Now that permits have gone online, you can upload the foundation letters to the permit and email PermitApplications@McKinneyTexas.org when that has been done. We will then mark the permits completed.
First, make sure the master license-holder has an active CSS account in their name. Once they have an account, email a copy of their state license, driver’s license, and the email address on their account to PermitApplications@McKinneyTexas.org. **Please note: A State Electrical Contractor license must also be sent in with Master Electrician licenses.**
The City of McKinney does not have a public storm shelter for many reasons. Please read below for more details. Traveling to a shelter Residents are encouraged to stay home during all types of severe weather. Traveling is extremely dangerous and exposes residents to the very hazard they are trying to avoid. Traveling is also a concern because residents may get stuck in traffic while driving to a shelter, causing residents to be vulnerable in their vehicles. Another reason we encourage staying home, is that residents may not be able to get to a shelter in time. A tornado warning typically provides residents with 10-15 minutes of advanced warning, sometimes less. This is often not enough time for residents to leave their homes and drive to another location. Please see what to do before, during and after severe weather.
Shelter Capacity Due to the population of the City of McKinney, building a shelter large enough to protect even a small portion of McKinney residents is not feasible. Opening a public shelter would also lead residents to driving to the shelter during severe weather, putting themselves and their families more at risk to the elements. Shelter Availability The shelters may not always be open. Opening a public shelter would require staff or volunteers to be ready and available during severe weather. It is often difficult to determine the exact location and timing of severe weather, therefore staff or volunteers may not be available to open and manage a public shelter. Fire Stations City of McKinney fire stations do not have places to shelter residents in the event of severe weather. Residents who seek shelter at fire station
No, if the OWS sirens go off do not call 911. This could flood the City's Public Safety Dispatch Center with non-emergency calls and prevent true emergencies from connecting. Instead, seek shelter and seek information immediately via radio, television, internet or electronic device so you can make an informed decision.
The study limits generally include portions of State Highway 5 (S.H. 5/McDonald Street) adjacent to Downtown McKinney between Anthony Street to Walker Street.
S.H. 5 Downtown Pedestrian Connection Study Area Map - PDF
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plans to begin a full reconstruction of S.H. 5 generally between Spur 399 and U.S. 380 in early 2025. As currently planned, very minor improvements would be made to improve pedestrian crossing safety near Downtown McKinney by TxDOT. As areas east of S.H. 5 are undergoing redevelopment, the city is evaluating alternatives to improve crossing safety, strengthen connections between communities currently divided by the highway, and further enhance the Historic Downtown McKinney Cultural District.
Find out more about redevelopment projects in East McKinney
These improvements may qualify for Federal or regional grant funding. The city could also fund these improvements through grant opportunities or partnerships with local businesses, property owners, and stakeholder groups. At this stage of project development, only high-level cost estimates are being developed. Further project development will include more detailed cost estimates and specific identification of funding strategies.
All proposed improvement options, except Option 3 (improving the existing crossing), would require some level of property acquisition to create the physical connection east and west of S.H. 5. All property acquisitions are conceptual at this time, and as the study progresses, more precise levels of property acquisition needs will be developed. The city is required to follow all guidelines related to property acquisitions for public improvements.
Individuals interested in the study effort may visit the study webpage at McKinneyTexas.org/PedCXN
City staff will seek initial public input in July 2022. Following this initial public input period, city staff will report findings to City Council in late Summer 2022 and seek guidance on progressing the study into “Phase 2” which would include a much more robust study and preliminary design of the alternatives being considered. The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has committed to fully fund Phase 2 study efforts.
No. This is a separate study underway by the city. The city will work with TxDOT to determine how these improvements may impact TxDOT's planned roadway improvements in the area. If you have questions regarding the TxDOT S.H. 5 improvements, please visit: https://www.keepitmovingdallas.com/SH5
Construction of these improvements will require partnerships with multiple local, state, and federal agencies. Construction timelines for implementation will be considered as part of subsequent phases of this and future studies. This timeline will be dependent upon what option is selected (if any), funding sources, and partnership opportunities with local and state agencies.
View the Interactive CIP web map for construction updates.
The Engineering Design Manual (PDF) may be downloaded here. And is linked on the Engineering Resources page.
All city projects should be confined to the public right-of-way and/or public easements. Unless prior permission has been granted through an easement or other form of authorization, none of the construction activities should spill over onto your property.
If you believe construction activities are encroaching onto your property, please contact the Engineering Department at 972-547-7475. If you believe the construction activities of a phone, cable, electric or gas company are encroaching onto your property, please contact the Streets Department at 972-547-7649.
Email the Engineering Department or call 972-547-7484.
Email the Engineering Department or call 972-547-7631.
Record drawings or as-builts for completed construction projects are available through the Records Management Office. File an Open Records Request or phone 972-547-7615.
The Engineering Design Manual (PDF) may be downloaded. And is linked on the Engineering Resources page.
The Stormwater Design Manual can be found in Section 4 of the McKinney Engineering Design Manual.
You can find the City of McKinney Standard Details here. In the event an item is not covered in the City of McKinney Standard Details, the most current edition of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction apply. Contact the Engineering Department at 972-547-7475 for more information.
Email Contact-Engineering@McKinneyTexas.org or call 972-547-2633.
No building or structures, including underground swimming pools, structural retaining walls, etc., are allowed within an easement. Typically fences constructed with wood or other approved materials are allowed to be constructed in an easement.
Questions? Email Contact-Inspections@McKinneyTexas.org or call 972-547-7400.
In general, as long as the drainage on adjacent properties is not adversely impacted, you may build a retaining wall along a property line.
Contact Building Inspections for permit information.
Contact Engineering at 972-547-7475 for additional information regarding drainage impacts.
Contact the Public Works Streets Department at 972-547-7350.
For questions or to request maintenance of existing systems, please contact the Streets Department at 972-547-7350.
For questions related to drainage or storm water quality issues, please contact the Stormwater Department at 972-547-7579.
Every potential project is evaluated by several parameters including stormwater capacity, channel stability, maintenance access and economics. The projects are then prioritized and scheduled in order of priority.
Contact Daniel Still, Drainage Engineer at (972) 547-7631 to schedule an appointment and have the project evaluated.
These projects are funded by the Surface Drainage Utility System (SDUS) fee of $4 per month and is included on residential water bills.
It depends on the complexity of the project. Many times permission from the property owner is all that is needed to do work on property. Other times, an easement is needed to do the work.
We anticipate that the design of the planned improvements will be completed by the end of 2020. Once design is completed, the project must be publicly bid for construction and ultimately awarded by city council. This bid and award process can take between 8-12 weeks. Construction is estimated to begin in March 2021 and is estimated to take 9 months to complete.
Construction of the improvements will be phased to minimize impacts along the street as much as feasibly possible. The contractor will be required to provide local access to the street at all times during construction of the project. A suitable all-weather material will be provided in areas that street paving is removed and prior to construction of the new street pavement. There may be isolated occurrences where the contractor will need to restrict access to driveways while installing underground utilities or repaving driveways. These isolated occurrences will be coordinated with property owners during construction. Please be aware that on-street parking may not be permitted during construction to ensure that there is sufficient space for local traffic and emergency vehicles.
A 4-foot sidewalk is being provided only on one side of the street based on the very narrow right-of-way and in order to eliminate the need for additional right-of-way to be purchased by the City. Because of the residential context of these streets, a single sidewalk will provide a designated/continuous pedestrian route to surrounding streets. The location of the sidewalk depicted in the concept plan was determined based on connection to other sidewalk facilities and reducing impacts to adjacent properties.
Both streets were reviewed by the City of McKinney Arborist and have taken into account the location, size, and species of trees along Griffin Street and Pine Street in relation to the concept plan provided. This is very important since the root system and ability to withstand nearby construction for trees varies. The concept plan designates trees in the street/public right-of-way that will need to be removed during construction. Although we have made every attempt to minimize impacts to trees, in some cases it was not feasible in order to accommodate the proposed street and sidewalk. In the instance tree roots (for trees to remain) are impacted during construction, the contractor will be required to have certified personnel ensure that any required root pruning or treatments are done properly to ensure the long-term health of the tree.
Street lights will not be included in the planned improvements. Existing street lights located on power poles will remain.
The existing street/public right-of-way width on Griffin Street is only 35-40 feet compared to Pine Street which has a 50 foot wide right-of-way. In order to reduce impacts to adjacent properties, portions of Griffin Street have been proposed to be reduced from the city’s typical 26-foot wide pavement to 22-feet wide. This width still provides the ability for on-street parking on one side of the street and allows safe passing of other vehicles. A similar approach was taken previously along Cole Street where a narrow roadway was provided between Cedar Street and College Street. Although the current city standard for residential streets is 26-feet in width, a variance is considered in historical neighborhoods.
The design of the proposed improvements will provide options for both concrete and asphalt. For either option, the roadway will include concrete curbs and underground storm drainage. A summary of some considerations of each is provided below. For either option, the pavement will be designed to ensure a long serviceable life before repaving is required in the future. A determination of pavement material will be made by the Engineering Department at a later date.
These projects are funded by the Surface Drainage Utility System (SDUS) fee of $4 per month on residential water bills.
The updated McKinney Standard Details (PDF) may be downloaded here. And is linked on the Engineering Resources page.
In accordance with Section 142-130 of the City of McKinney, Texas Code of Ordinances, changes to engineering rules, regulations, standards and specifications must be filed with the City Secretary at least 30 days before they shall become effective.
The updated McKinney Standard Details will be published in the office of the City Secretary by December 21, 2018, and are effective on January 21, 2019.
Because of the comprehensive nature of this update, a summary of changes is not available.
If you have questions, call the Engineering main office at 972-547-7475, or contact Engineering by email.
Stormwater runoff is rainwater that “runs off” across land instead of seeping into the ground. This runoff usually flows into the nearest stream, creek, river or lake. Stormwater runoff is not treated in any way before it reaches the nearest surface water body.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates stormwater runoff through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES.) The EPA authorized the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to implement the NPDES Stormwater Permitting Program in the state of Texas, making TCEQ responsible for issuing permits and performing compliance and enforcement activities within the state.
The City of McKinney is a part of the Phase II MS4 program. This requires the city to develop a comprehensive stormwater management program that will eliminate illicit discharges to the storm sewer system and reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff.
Learn more about the State of Texas Phase II Program.
Runoff can occur every time it rains. When stormwater runoff enters the storm sewer, it can carry with it a variety of pollutants from the urban environment including petroleum products, pesticides, detergents and other harmful chemicals. This pollution can harm aquatic ecosystems and kill fish, shellfish and vegetation.
Depending on which watershed you are in, stormwater from McKinney’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) discharges into Lake Ray Hubbard or Lake Lavon.
The storm drain inlets in your neighborhood have been marked with a special reminder to everyone that what goes down that inlet will eventually end up in Lake Ray Hubbard or Lake Lavon.
If your neighborhood storm drain inlets have not been marked, please let us know! Email Stormwater Management or call us at 972-547-7579.
Visit the Stormwater page for more information.
The City of McKinney charges a Stormwater Utility Fee to help cover the cost of storm sewer system maintenance. For more information about this fee, visit the Water Billing website, or call 972-547-7550.
The storm sewer system is maintained by the Public Works department. If you are concerned that an inlet in your neighborhood is clogged, please call at 972-547-7350.
When organic materials such as yard trimmings and leaves break down in a lake or stream, the decomposition process uses oxygen from the water. In a natural creek system, the amount of organics introduced into the water is limited to the leaves of plants and trees in the immediate creekside. Due to this limitation, a natural creek can easily balance itself, and the leaves and debris that make it to the creek have a minimal impact on the ecosystem.
In an urban setting, large quantities of organic debris can be flushed through the storm drains and into the creek. These excessive amounts of organic material can easily overwhelm the creek's ability to buffer itself against the depletion of oxygen that occurs when those materials decompose, which can harm or even kill fish and other wildlife that depend on the oxygen in the water for survival.
Additionally, large quantities of yard waste can potentially clog the storm inlet, which could cause flooding in the street or neighborhood. Storm drains are for rainwater only, and should not be used to dispose of anything other than stormwater.
Some older sewer systems use a Combined Sewer System, which blends stormwater runoff with municipal sewage. Stormwater reaching the sewer system flows to a treatment plant and is treated along with sewage. There are serious risks with this system because combined sewers can handle only small rain events. Flash floods, which happen frequently in Texas, can quickly overwhelm this type of system, resulting in sanitary sewer overflows, which are messy, smelly and detrimental to lakes and streams. This can also be a health hazard since untreated sewage can transmit disease.
To prevent this, the City of McKinney, like most cities in North Texas, uses a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, which separates stormwater from sewage and conveys stormwater runoff directly to creeks and lakes. This type of system vastly cuts down the risk of sanitary sewer overflows and directs stormwater as efficiently as possible out of our streets and away from homes and buildings.
Learn more about separate storm sewer systems and why they are a better solution for stormwater than directing it to a treatment plant
Email Contact-Stormwater@McKinneyTexas.org or call at 972-547-7475
Call Public Works at 972-547-7350 or if the violation appears to be construction-related, contact city Erosion Control Inspectors at 972-547-7484. City Public Works staff and Erosion Control Inspectors will deal with the violation.
Email our Drainage Engineer or call 972-547-7631.
Fill out an Open Records Request form. Or contact the department directly by email or call 972-547-7591.
Most water main and sanitary sewer main extensions are installed by developers as a part of their development projects. To discuss a specific request, email the Engineering Department or call 972-547-7475.
The Water and Wastewater Design Manual is Section 5 of the Engineering Design Manual.
Email the Engineering Department or call 972-547-7475 to determine if a sanitary sewer main is available to serve your property and to discuss the process and responsibilities.
Visit the Don't Mess with Texas website Report a Litterer page, enter details and send.
The schedule for upcoming Green Seminars and events can be found at McKinneyTexas.org/GreenEvents.
You may obtain a copy of a fire report by filing an open records request. You may file the request in person at 222 N. Tennessee Street, fax the request to 972-547-7617 or via email. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
To obtain a copy of an EMS report, the actual patient, legal guardian or individual having power of attorney must contact the Fire Administration Office. If you are not the individual listed on the report being requested, you must have a properly executed medical records authorization form. Valid identification must be presented to the Fire Administration Office.
For additional information, please call 972-547-2850, email the Fire Department or visit the Fire Administration Offices at 2200 Taylor Burk Dr. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
You can pay your ambulance bill using the City of McKinney Ambulance Payment Portal.
The city's third-party billing company is Change Healthcare. On the Change Healthcare website, you can update your insurance or address, view your account or send a message to the billing office. You can also call them from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 855-626-9660.
We have two community rooms available for public use. To schedule a community room, please review the usage policy, complete the room use contract (fillable DOC) and return via fax to 972-547-2858 or as an attachment to Contact-Fire@McKinneyTexas.org.
A $100 deposit is required and will be returned after your event provided no damage has been done to the room or contents. The $100 deposit may be made when you pick up the room key from Fire Administration, located at 2200 Taylor Burk Dr. For additional information, email Contact-Fire@McKinneyTexas.org or call 972-547-2850.
No. birthday parties are not allowed at the fire stations. We would be happy to assist you with scheduling a tour before or after a party by emailing Fire and Life Safety or calling 972-547-2893.
Fire station tours can be arranged by completing the Public Appearance / Community Outreach Request form.
You can request a clown show by contacting the Fire and Life Safety Division at 972-547-2850 or by emailing Contact-Fire@McKinneyTexas.org.
There are depositories at all fire stations and fire administration locations for torn or tattered flags. Fire Stations location Map
You blood pressure can be checked free of charge at any of the McKinney Fire Department locations. There is a blood pressure machine in the lobby of Central Fire Station located at 301 North McDonald Street, as well.
Currently, the McKinney Fire Department is not offering CPR or first aid lessons due to budget restrictions. Please contact your local Red Cross for this training.
The McKinney Fire Department no longer provides free smoke alarms, but other organizations do. Learn more about smoke alarms.
Inspections for foster homes can be scheduled by contacting the Fire Marshal’s Office at 972-547-2850 or by emailing Contact-Fire@McKinneyTexas.org.
Fire hazard complaints can be made to our Fire Marshal’s Office by email or by calling 972-547-2850.
Visit our Defend your Drains webpage for information about the proper disposal of medications.
A Knox Box is required for all new construction provided with a fire protection system and on existing construction undergoing substantial renovation that is provided with a fire protection system. The Fire Marshal may also require a Knox Box on existing construction, should it be necessary due to life-saving or fire-fighting measures or the property presents specific challenges and hazards. The size, type and location of the Knox Box are determined on a case-by-case basis dependent upon a review of the specific building and/or occupancy.
Additional information on Knox® Boxes and Key Switches
Must be 18 years of age by the date of hire and possess a high school diploma.
The Personal History Packet will only be available when we are accepting applications.
The McKinney Fire Department does participate in job and career fairs. Additional information on hiring events, job requirements, etc..
You can contact us by email at Contact-Fire@McKinneyTexas.org or phone at 972-547-2850.
Email the McKinney Fire Department or call 972-547-2893 for more information.
Once you have escaped from a fire, call 911 from a neighbor’s phone or from a cellular phone. Never go back into a burning building.
Have a telephone in your bedroom so that you can dial 911 in case you become trapped by smoke or fire.
If your clothing catches fire:
All proposed changes to the exterior of your property require consideration by the Historic Preservation Office. Some examples of changes that are subject to city regulations include:
Maintenance of your property is not restricted if it does not involve changes to the structure, materials, or features. It is recommended that you consult the Historic Preservation Office to make sure your plans are considered general maintenance and that you are using the best methods to preserve your building.
The Historic Preservation Office does not monitor interior changes or alterations but encourages property owners to maintain interior historic features. Maintaining historic interiors enhances the historic value of the house.
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The city maintains the McKinney Historic Resource Inventory Survey that lists locally designated and contributing historic properties. A property does not have to be in a district to be considered a historic property; however, the property will not benefit from the overlay protection. You can check whether a property is "H" Overlay District residential area or commercial area by accessing the Historic District Map Online or by contacting the City Historic Preservation Office at 972-547-2000.
A property can have numerous types of designations or no designation at all. Not having a designation does not mean the property is not historic.
National Register Property is a historic property which can be a site, building, structure or object significant in American history, architecture, engineering, archeology or culture. These properties can be associated with events that have made significant contributions to broad patterns of history, associated with lives of persons significant in our past, embody distinctive characteristics of a type, period, method of construction, work of a master, etc. or have yielded or be likely to reveal important information about our prehistory or history. (Excerpted from the National Register Bulletin.) National Register Properties may qualify for Federal Income Tax exemptions and Collin County exemptions.
A Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL) is a state designation. You may get more information by reviewing the State of Texas RTHL webpage. Houses with a RTHL potentially qualify for a Collin County tax exemption. Owners of properties with an RTHL designation should notify the Texas Historic Commission prior to making changes to their properties.
A City of McKinney Historic Marker is a local designation awarded by the City of McKinney Historic Preservation Advisory Board. The owner of the house submits an application along with a documented history of the house and property. If the house is awarded a marker, then the house may qualify for a tax exemption for city property taxes.
Other houses and properties may be contributing to the Historic District. These properties contribute to the overall character and setting of the historic district. These buildings, like the other designated properties in the Historic Overlay are subject to the Certificate of Approval process in the City of McKinney. More about that process can be found on the McKinney Historic Resources webpage.
Technically, yes. The McKinney Historic Preservation Ordinance does not regulate paint colors in the Residential Area of the Historic Overlay District. However, it is strongly recommended that you don’t paint unpainted masonry (brick or stone). Should you want to remove paint from masonry, the Historic Preservation Office recommends that you not use abrasives, such as sandblasting or any other blasting method, but instead, consider a gentle paint removal techniques.
Changing paint colors in the Commercial Area does require an approved COA. The COA must be obtained for this prior to completing the work.
Fences are permitted but have slightly different regulations in the Historic District. The maximum height for a fence on rear and interior side yards in the historic district is 6’-8”. On the front yards and some side yards, the maximum height for the fence is 4’ with 50% transparency. All new fences or changes to the style, size, and location of a fence require a Certificate of Appropriateness and may require a permit. The City also requires a permit to install a fence.
Yes, solar panels may be installed on a historic home. The Historic Preservation office is available for consultation on the most appropriate location.
Typically, no, as long as the materials and design are not changed, you do not need permission to paint, make repairs, or replace materials in-kind (replacing cedar shingles with cedar shingles, wood siding with matching wood siding, etc.) You should discuss your proposed plans with the Historic Preservation Office prior to commencing the repairs to make sure they are repairs and not work that would require a Certificate of Appropriateness.
We also recommend that owners confer with a historic preservation design professional. We cannot offer referrals to design professionals. The Historic Preservation Office staff is available by appointment to review preliminary designs. Please contact the Historic Preservation Office at 972-547-2000 to set up a meeting.
You are not required to restore your property. The property, however, should be maintained so as to not create a hazardous condition that would lead to the demolition of the property for public safety. Owner’s that allow their properties to deteriorate to a point at which they must be demolished may be subject to penalties under the “Demolition by Neglect” provisions in the Historic Preservation Ordinance. The provision states that no owner of real property that is designated as a landmark or located within a historic district shall permit the property to fall within a serious state of disrepair which would produce a detrimental effect upon the character of the historic district or the property and lead to the demolition of the property.
The Genealogy section of the Ray and Helen Hall Memorial Library in McKinney has many useful tools. The Historic Preservation Office has also created a short packet with information and resources on researching your historic home: Historic Marker Reference Information Packet.
The CSS portal will only accept PDFs of photos, drawings, and site plans. If your photographs are in the JPEG, JPG, PNG, or TIFF format, upload them using the “Other/Miscellaneous Info” tab.
A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is a letter approving or approving with conditions, new construction, redevelopment, reconstruction, expansion, alteration, relocation, changes in materials, or demolition of any property that is visible from the public right of way in the Historic Overlay District. A COA is required prior to the commencement of work and the issuance of a permit.
A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) assures that your historic property maintains its historic integrity and that structures within the Historic Overlay District respect the historic character of the area.
A COA serves a two-fold purpose for historic properties. First, it helps ensure that the proposed work maintains the property's historic integrity and will evaluate the proposed work’s impact on the historic building. The qualities that make your property either architecturally or historically notable can only be maintained or enhanced when alterations are made according to universally accepted historic preservation practices. Second, it helps ensure that all structures within the “H” Overlay District respect the historic character of the area. That means that even brand-new construction needs a COA to ensure compatibility with the historic neighborhoods.
The Historic Preservation Office does not monitor interior changes or alterations, but encourages property owners to maintain interior historic features. Maintaining historic interiors enhances the historic value of the house.
The Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) information packet and application signature form are available on the Historic Preservation Resources webpage. COAs must be applied for via the Customer Self-Service portal on the McKinney Development Portal. The City’s Historic Preservation Office will determine if a COA is required for your proposed changes. Once submitted, the Historic Preservation Officer will review your application and answer any questions.
A completed application will include the Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application and sufficient documentation which describes the project in detail. All COA applications are submitted via the Customer Self-Service portal. If you want or need to provide samples of new materials, please contact the Historic Preservation Office.
Include the following items per type of request:
The Historic Preservation Office will review your application once it is received. If the proposed work is in conformance with the requirements set forth in the ordinance, the Historic Preservation Office will approve. For more information on the requirements set forth in the ordinance, see Section 203.E.6 of the Unified Development Code.
If the project does not comply with the ordinance, the Historic Preservation Office will either approve the project with conditions or refer the application to the next available Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB) meeting. The HPAB may approve, approve with conditions, or deny the application. Any appeal of the HPAB's decision will go to the City Council. Council's decision is final.
Note: If the project is in the Commercial Historic District, the Historic Preservation Office will approve, approve with conditions, or deny the application. Appeals go to the City Council with their decision being final.
Technically, yes. The McKinney Historic Preservation Ordinance does not regulate paint colors in the residential area of the Historic Overlay District. However, it is recommended that you don’t paint unpainted stucco or masonry (brick or stone). Should you want to remove paint from masonry, the Historic Preservation Office recommends that you not use abrasives, such as sandblasting or any other blasting method, but instead, consider a chemical paint remover.
Paint colors in the commercial area of the Historic Overlay District do require approval when changing colors. A Certificate of Appropriateness must be obtained for this prior to completing the work.
Typically no, as long as the materials and design are not changed. You do not need permission to paint, make repairs, or replace materials in-kind (i.e., replacing cedar shingles with cedar shingles, wood siding with matching wood siding, etc.). You should discuss proposed plans with the Historic Preservation Officer prior to commencing the repairs to make sure they are repairs and not work that would require a Certificate of Appropriateness.
All proposed changes to the exterior of your property require consideration by the Historic Preservation Office and are regulated by the City’s Unified Development Code, which uses the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties. These Standards are used to determine the appropriateness of treatments for historic homes. Some examples of changes that are subject to city regulations include:
Maintenance of your property is not restricted if it does not involve changes to the structure, materials, or features. It is recommended that you consult the Historic Preservation Office prior to beginning work to make sure your plans are considered general maintenance and that you are using the best methods to preserve your building.
Yes, however, the addition should be located away from public view to preserve the property’s historic streetscape appearance. The Historic Preservation Office requires property owners to meet with the Historic Preservation Officer during the earliest design phase of the project to obtain professional feedback and input on the design. All additions should be compatible with the scale, massing, and architecture of your property and compatible with adjacent properties. The Design Guidelines provide useful information to help property owners design sensitive additions. Additions must comply with the city zoning ordinance and building codes.
We recommend that owners confer with a qualified historic preservation design professional. The Historic Preservation Office staff is available by appointment to review preliminary designs. Please contact the Historic Preservation Office at 972-547-2000 to set up a meeting.
Yes, properties in the Historic Neighborhood Improvement Zone may be eligible for certain tax exemptions on City of McKinney ad valorem taxes.
The Neighborhood Empowerment Zone offers impact fee waivers for developing new residential and non-residential projects on vacant parcels in the zone. This program requires projects follow design guidelines to be compatible with the historically sensitive neighborhoods of McKinney.
Additionally, certain Downtown properties may be eligible for Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone funding. Visit the Downtown Development webpage for more information on this program.
The Customer Self-Service (CSS) portal will only accept PDFs of photos, drawings, and site plans. If your photographs are in the JPEG, JPG, PNG, or TIFF format, upload them using the "Other / Miscellaneous Info" tab.
Email us at Contact-Planning@McKinneyTexas.org or call 972-547-2000
Places to help you research a historic property in McKinney and vicinity are the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library, North Texas History Center, Dallas Public Library and Collin County Clerk’s Office. Collections and contact information are available in the Guide to Historic Property Research section of this website.
We are actively engaged in various efforts to prevent and address homelessness in our community.
No. There is no homeless shelter in Collin County.
Being homeless is not a crime. Resting, standing and sleeping in public areas is not illegal. Homeless people enjoy the same rights and protections as others and are allowed to be in public areas.
If you observe anyone engaging in illegal behaviors, please call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 972-547-2700.
Resting or sleeping is not illegal. "Camping" is established by the use of camping equipment. Police and code enforcement officers usually give "campers" an opportunity to comply with city ordinance and encourage them to seek community services.
In the case of an established encampment, individuals or groups are given a 72-hour notice to remove their belongings and are provided with community resources information and referrals.
The city’s ultimate goal is to connect those living on the streets or encampments with services, shelter, and housing rather than moving them to other areas.
While our homeless population isn't necessarily increasing, it is becoming more visible. Removing homeless encampments increases the visibility of homelessness as former residents look for new places to live.
Factors that may contribute to the homeless population:
Apply for any of our open positions by visiting the Human Resources page and selecting the option that best suits your career needs.
Hiring for final applicants will be contingent upon the completion of a successful pre-employment screening. Also, please be aware that if you are made a job offer and accept, you are required to provide acceptable documentation to establish your identity and your eligibility to work (per the Immigration Reform and Control Act).
Please see the last page of the I-9 form for a list of acceptable documents.
Anyone with a McKinney Public Library card in good standing may request an ILL, although this service is not available to Job Corps students.
The following types of material often are not available through ILL:
You may request or have active five items at any one time.
Since the item may come from anywhere in the United States, requests generally take two to three weeks to arrive.
The loan period for all ILLs is 3 weeks, with no renewals. If you need more time, you can request another copy through ILL once the first one has been returned.
Photocopied journal articles are yours to keep.
The loan period for all ILLs is 3 weeks, with no renewals. If you need more time, you can request another copy through ILL once the first one has been returned.
Usually, there is no charge for the ILL service. However, some libraries do charge for photocopies or to loan materials. In this case, McKinney library staff will notify you and ask if you are willing to pay the charge before we finalize the request. Also, you are responsible for any fines and/or replacement costs levied by the lending library that you might incur.
Please contact McKinney Library staff should this occur. The loaning library decides the amount to pay for an item and if replacements are acceptable.
The Municipal Court makes every effort to contact individuals regarding bond refunds. If we are unable to reach you, the money is considered unclaimed property and held by the city for up to one year if the amount is more than $100. For more information, please visit McKinneyTexas.org/UnclaimedProperty.
The McKinney Parks and Recreation Department has installed lightning strike detectors for seven fields. Each detector has its own weather station and a public address system. A siren will sound if there is lightning in the area.
A lightning indicator is also available on the web page for each of the seven fields. If the rectangle is green, the fields at the park are clear. If the rectangle is red, lightning is in the area. The message will also be shown in words. The widgets refresh every five minutes.
Per city ordinance, alcohol is permitted at certain Parks and Recreation locations. For private events, the organizer must have an alcohol / special event permit and the alcohol has to be served by someone with a TABC license. Acceptable locations include:
Reserve the pavilions at Finch, Towne Lake and Erwin Parks through the Recreation Center at Towne Lake by calling 972-547-2690. You can also reserve in person at the Recreation Center at Towne Lake, 2001 S. Central Expressway
You can reserve the pavilions at Old Settler’s Park by calling 972-562-8310 or in person at Old Settler’s Recreation Center, 1201 E. Louisiana Street.
Camping is allowed at Erwin Park. Please contact the Recreation Center at Towne Lake at 972-547-2690 to reserve a campsite.
To find a trail map, please visit our Parks and Trails page.
Splash pads are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. They usually open sometime in May and close for the fall / winter season sometime in September. This is all dependent upon weather conditions.
The City of McKinney does not reserve any of our fields. We do not allow private (non-sanctioned) teams or leagues on any of our athletic fields.
Please visit the special event permit page and determine whether your event falls within those parameters. If you plan to host it at a city park, you will need Parks and Recreation staff approval. Call Parks and Recreation Admin at 972-547-7480 and you will be directed toward the necessary steps.
Please check RainoutLine for any field condition updates. If there is a string of bad weather, all fields will most likely be closed.
Every park pavilion is first come, first served with the exception of pavilions at Finch Park, Erwin park and Towne Lake Park. Rent a pavilion at these parks by calling the Recreation Center at Towne Lake at 972-547-2690. Bounce houses, inflatables and grills are allowed at pavilions. The Parks and Recreation department needs a copy of liability insurance on file for any inflatable that will be setup at a park. The inflatable will also need its own generator for power.
Please contact the McKinney Parks Foundation to inquire about volunteer opportunities at McKinney parks.
Sign up for our e-newsletter to receive citywide notifications and receive Parks and Recreation announcements. This is often how we announce our public surveys and input meetings related to new park designs.
A playground that includes all children of all abilities including those with special needs. The entire playground is wheelchair accessible.
Bonnie Wenk Park will be complete once phase 2 is open. There may be routine maintenance or updates in the future.
The City of McKinney does not reserve any of our fields. We do not allow private (non-sanctioned) teams or leagues on any of our athletic fields. The fields at Bonnie Wenk Park will be used strictly for McKinney LaCrosse.
The light system that will be installed by MUSCO eliminates glare and light-spill into surrounding areas.The lights will be directed downward, not outwards. MUSCO is a leading sports lighting manufacturer in the country.
The field lights will burn from sundown until 9 p.m. Monday - Friday. They may stay on until 10 p.m. on occasion when there are tournaments. The lights will mainly be used for practices.
The new lights are controlled on an application that can be operated from a smartphone or tablet.
In 2020, Finch Park will undergo improvements in accordance with the approved 2010 Master Plan. The first round of construction will include a new hike and bike trail connection, updated basketball, tennis and pickle ball courts, a new pavilion, two new pedestrian bridges and additional parking.The second phase of construction will yield new playground pods and a new splash pad.
The film permit application must be returned 15 days or more before the date of filming. Exceptions may be made if a valid rationale is shown. A staff member will contact you within 36 hours of receipt to notify of approval or if they have further questions.
Please visit our Demographics webpage.
Please email the City of McKinney's Planning Department for detailed information regarding the removal of trees.
You can determine the zoning of a property by using the City of McKinney’s online Interactive Land Use Planning Map. For more information about the City of McKinney’s zoning districts regulations, please refer to the City of McKinney Zoning Ordinance Chapter 146 Article III - District Regulation. Please call the Planning Department at 972-547-2000 or email if you need additional information regarding zoning.
A pre-development meeting is a meeting scheduled by the Planning Department where representatives from the Fire, Engineering, Planning, Parks and Building Inspection Departments meet with the applicant or developer for a proposed development prior to the formal submittal of development plans. These meetings are meant to provide general information regarding development standards and to help point out any major issues with a proposed development plan prior to making a formal submittal. These meetings are offered free of charge and are encouraged if a developer is new to the City of McKinney, has questions about the development process or has a complex development proposal. These meetings are available to anyone who has questions regarding a development that they’re proposing to construct. If you’re not sure if a pre-development meeting is right for you, please call 972-547-2000 or email the Planning Department for more information
To schedule a pre-development meeting, please call 972-547-2000.
The Subdivision Regulations Chapter 142 of Code of Ordinances apply to all property within the corporate limits of the City of McKinney as well as areas outside of the corporate limits of the City, but within the extraterritorial jurisdiction ETJ of the City. The subdivision or platting process can take one month to several months depending on many factors. Please contact the Planning Department at 972-547-2000 or via email the Planning Department for more detailed information.
Some businesses can be operated out of a home if they do not increase the level of activity in a neighborhood. These businesses are referred to as home occupations. Certain criteria must be satisfied and licensing may be required. A complete listing of criteria is available online in the City of McKinney’s Zoning Ordinance Section 146-133 Home Occupations. Please contact the Planning Department via email the Planning Department or call 972-547-2000 for more information.
There are no zoning districts in the ETJ. The city’s zoning authority does not extend to its ETJ. However, Chapter 142 - Subdivision Regulations of the Code of Ordinances do extend to the ETJ. Building permits will be issued by the City of McKinney. More information on building permits.
You can obtain a copy of the “PD” - Planned Development District Ordinance by using the City of McKinney’s online Interactive Land Use Planning Map. To access the ordinance, activate the Zoning layer and use the identify tool to launch a dialog box that will provide a link to the ordinances. You can also activate the Planned Development District - Base Description layer and use the identify tool to refer to a “PD” - Planned Development District’s base description. Please note that the Planned Development District - Base Description layer is a preliminary reference tool and for exact allowed uses and development regulations, please refer to the “PD” - Planned Development District Ordinances. If you need additional information, please email the Planning Department or call the Planning Department at 972-547-2000.
Refer to Chapter 146 District Regulations.
These regulations are available for view at 221 N. Tennessee Street or by clicking the links below: Chapter 146 Zoning Ordinance
Chapter 142 Subdivision Ordinance
In order to determine the uses allowed in each zoning district please refer to the City of McKinney’s Code of Ordinances Chapter 146 Section F4 -Schedule of Uses. This matrix shows which uses are allowed in which districts. Find the use that most closely relates to your use and see if an asterisk is located within the box associated with your zoning district. If the zoning is PD, you cannot find your use, or it does not exist, please contact the Planning Department at 972-547-2000 of via email the Planning Department.
An application for a rezoning request is submitted to the Planning Department. Once the Planning Department has adequately reviewed the case, it goes before the Planning and Zoning Commission for consideration. It is then forwarded to City Council for consideration and action. The City Council is the final approval authority for rezoning requests. Please refer to the Rezoning Request Requirement Checklist for more detailed information, call the Planning Department at 972-547-2000 or email the Planning Department.
Please refer to the Planning Application Fee Schedule Call 972-547-2000 or email the Planning Department if you need additional information.
A Zoning Verification Letter is a letter drafted by the Planning Department confirming the zoning district on a tract of land within the City limits. This type of letter is useful when trying to ascertain what uses can be placed on a property as well as the property’s setbacks, height limitations, minimum lot sizes and other related information. Zoning Verification Letters are $50.00 and may be applied for through the Citizen Self Service Portal (CSS).
Citizens are encouraged to attend all public meetings held by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) and the City Council and complete a “Speaker Request” card before the meeting if they wish to speak at the meeting. When speaking, please be brief, and try not to repeat information already mentioned by a previous speaker. If you cannot attend the public meetings, you may submit a statement in writing to the Planning Department which will be given to the Commission and/or Council. You may also email the Commission or Council with your input. If you wish to formally protest a proposed zoning case as established by Section 146-164 of the Zoning Ordinance, please complete a Zoning Change Written Protest Petition form and email the Planning Department or mail to the Planning Department at 221 N. Tennessee St., McKinney TX 75069.
The two main reasons Texas cities annex are to (a) exercise land use authority and (b) exercise taxing authority. A city’s land use authority allows the city to better protect its long-term interests regarding potentially incompatible land uses and to ensure safer, more enduring development projects. Taxing authority is a necessary tool for a city to be able to provide important public services (i.e. police, fire and infrastructure) to its residents.
No. Current appraisals recognizing an Agricultural, Timber Harvest, or Wildlife Management exemption will continue after annexation as long as the land continues to be used for the Agricultural, Timber Harvest, or Wildlife Management purposes and such use is not changed by the property owner per the Collin Central Appraisal District. Please note, however, that the classification of land for agricultural purposes is not a function of the city. Specific questions regarding the classification of your property should be directed to the Appraisal District.
A resident living outside the city limits currently pays county tax, school district taxes, and, in some cases, an emergency services district tax. Upon annexation, a city property tax would apply as well. The current city tax rate (as of 2016) is $0.573 per $100 valuation. However, McKinney City Council will consider a new tax rate of $0.540199 at their September 19, 2017 meeting. The Collin Central Appraisal District administers and evaluates property values for taxing purposes. Questions regarding taxing and appraisal values should be directed to the Collin Central Appraisal District at 469-742-9200.
Yes, under Chapter 43.056 of the Texas Local Government Code, the city is required to provide most city services (police protection, fire protection, solid waste collection, operation and maintenance of roads and streets, and access to city-owned recreation facilities and parks) immediately upon annexation. The city is also required to prepare a service plan to provide for the extension of municipal services to the area being annexed. The city will strive to provide services levels similar to those the city currently extends to any other similarly situated areas already within the city (based generally on characteristics of topography, land use and population density). In instances where services are deemed to be below an acceptable level of service (“below acceptable” being less than the level of services currently provided to any other similarly situated area already within the city), those services should be provided by the city within 2 ½ years after the effective annexation date, unless it is determined that 2 ½ years is not a reasonable period of time within which to provide services. If services cannot reasonably be provided within 2 ½ years, the city must prepare a plan to provide such services within 4 ½ years with any capital improvements being “substantially complete” by the end of that 4 ½ year time frame.
As a general rule, when property is annexed into the city through a city-initiated annexation, properties are typically zoned into the AG - Agricultural zoning district. However, the determination of zoning district for involuntarily annexed properties may change over time. After annexation, a property owner may request a rezoning of their property. Additional information concerning the rezoning process is available from the Planning Department at 972-547-2000.
Yes. Generally speaking, any lawful pre-existing use of your property for grazing livestock can continue. (See also the answer to Paragraph No. 9, above.) The AG - Agricultural zoning district allows for barns and stables and for keeping private animal stock as well as land for pasturage. Questions regarding animals and livestock should be directed to the Code Enforcement office at 972-547-7440.
The City regulates open burning within the city’s corporate limits and the regulations for open burning are found in section 42-56 through 42-68 of the McKinney Code. Any questions regarding open burning should be directed to the McKinney Fire Marshal’s office at 972-547-2850.
The discharge of a weapon is governed by Texas Local Government Code 229.003, which generally states that a firearm may be discharged if the following requirements are met:The discharge of a shotgun, air rifle or pistol, BB gun, or bow and arrow is permissible on a tract of land that is:
The discharge of a center fire or rim fire rifle or pistol of any caliber is permissible on a tract of land that is:
Furthermore, hunting is not an allowed use in the City of McKinney. See Section F-4, “Schedule of Uses” in Appendix F to Chapter 146, Zoning Regulations, to the McKinney Code.
It is always best to contact the City of McKinney Police Department at 972.547.2700 to seek clarification on the issue of discharging firearms within the City limits.
The city’s website provides a wealth of information regarding city services and regulations. The city’s code of ordinances is also available on Municode.
As with other cities, McKinney requires permitting and inspection of construction in order to protect consumers from potential poor construction practices and the health and safety hazards as well as financial issues that could result from substandard construction. In newly annexed areas, minor building maintenance does not require building permits, but new items like re-roofs and new buildings do require permits to ensure the quality of work. No permit is required for fence repair but is required for a new fence. Questions regarding building permits should be directed to the Building Inspections office at 972-547-7400.
No, deed restrictions are not impacted by annexation and would continue to apply in the same manner as they currently apply to property. The city typically does not generally have the authority to enforce deed restrictions unless the city owns property that is subject to the same deed restrictions.
More information about Local Government Code and annexations.
The information provided herein has been adapted from Chapter 395 of the Texas Local Government Code and serves as a guide to answering general questions about Impact Fees in the City of McKinney.
Land Use Assumptions project growth over a 10-year period. They project population growth by using the number of housing units and non- residential growth by using building square footage and then spatially allocates this growth to designated service areas.
These projections are used in the Capital Improvements Plan to determine the necessary expansions needed to accommodate the increased impacts on infrastructure resulting from new development.
Land Use Assumptions require approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission or other citizens committee following a public hearing.
A Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) is an economic development tool that captures the projected increase in tax revenue that is created by development within a defined area and reinvests those funds into public improvements and development projects that benefit the zone.
A base value is determined by the existing taxable value of real property within the TIRZ at the time the TIRZ is created. The taxing entities (i.e. the city, county and school district) continue to receive the base year value of the property taxes throughout the life of the 30-year zone. The increment, the portion of incremental increase in real property tax revenue above the base year resulting from increases in taxable value of property, is captured for the TIRZ.
You will need to submit an Open Records Request. The form can be submitted in person, via the website, via e-mail, or fax. Visit the MPD Records and Reports page for forms and fee information.
The Open Carry law allows a license holder to "open carry" a holstered handgun or firearm, though gun laws are complex. We encourage residents to determine whether gun laws allow a person to openly carry a firearm at a particular location. To learn more about Open Carry, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website.For additional questions, contact the McKinney Police Department at 972-547-2700.
An alarm permit is required by City of McKinney Ordinance for any alarm system that emits or transmits a remote audible, visual or electronic signal indicating an alarm condition and intended to summon law enforcement response.
Under City of McKinney Ordinance 2018-03-024 Sec. 10-21, “A person commits an offense if he operates, or causes to be operated an alarm system without a valid permit issued by the Chief. An alarm permit is not valid if it has been denied or revoked, has not been renewed, or has expired."
Section 10-41 – Violations; penalty. “A person who violates a provision of this article is guilty of a separate offense for each day or portion of a day during which the violation is committed, continued or permitted, and each offense is punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 as follows:
Monitoring is the process by which a monitoring company receives signals from an alarm system and relays an alarm dispatch request to the municipality for the purpose of summoning law enforcement to the alarm site.
See City of McKinney Ordinance 2018-03-024, Section 10-24 for fees related to false alarms.
See City of McKinney Ordinance 2018-03-024, Section 10-33 – Appeal from penalty fee, denial or revocation of a permit.
A keyholder / responder is an individual capable of reaching the alarm site within 45 minutes and having access to the alarm site, the code to the alarm system and the authority to approve repairs to the alarm system.
Please include information that would be important for law enforcement to know when they respond to the alarm site, such as weapons, pets, security cameras, special needs residents, etc., on the premises.
No. An alarm permit is nontransferable. If you move, you will need to get an alarm permit for the new alarm location.
You may login to your alarm permit account online and make changes to your account. Changes can also be made by coming to the McKinney Police Department in person.
A request to cancel must be done in writing. You may cancel by sending an email to the Police Department. You may also come to the Police Department in person or mail a request to the McKinney Police Department Alarm Unit at 2200 Taylor Burk Dr., McKinney, TX 75071.
No, the McKinney Police Department does not provide home security inspections.
We post all testing announcements on our website. At the time applications are being accepted there will be an application link available, otherwise it will state we are not hiring at that time, and a job interest link will be available to complete and then you'll be notified of upcoming test dates.
The length of the process is dependent on many factors, but generally it takes three to four months to complete processing for all applicants.
Absolutely. We hire both certified and non-certified. Those non-certified candidates will be placed in an academy to acquire certification.
We will pay the academy tuition, provide you with all the necessary gear and equipment and also pay you during the academy. If you are non-certified while attending the academy once you graduate, you will receive an increase in pay, moving from Recruit pay to Officer Step 1 pay. On each annual anniversary date, you move up one step in the pay scale.
Yes. You would still complete all the steps in our hiring selection process. However, if you have a current certification from another Texas agency, you would bypass the academy and enter directly into our Recruit Training Academy to familiarize yourself with our policies, procedures and paperwork etc., and then move on to the field training program. You may be eligible to begin employment at a higher step in the pay scale, based on your years of service. Please find our step pay plan under the Salary & Benefits tab.
You are still required to complete all the steps in the hiring selection process, however you may be eligible for our lateral program which allows you to come in at a higher step in the pay scale, based on years of full-time law enforcement experience. Each candidate will also be evaluated on a case-by-case basis of whether you can bypass the academy and attend our lateral Supplemental Peace Officer Course to challenge the state exam and receive in-house training or if it is necessary to attend an academy in which we pay for.
Generally a total of two trips would be required, however, with other variables that must be considered, we can't guarantee it can all be scheduled within two trips, but we try our best.
The academy is approximately six months long. Once recruits have graduated the academy they are placed in the MPD Recruit Training Academy, which is more in depth to our agency specifics and lasts approximately six weeks. Recruits then enter into the field training program which lasts 12 weeks unless remedial training is necessary.
We understand that some of the required documents that are listed in the packet may be difficult to get or time consuming. If a document is not readily accessible to you or you need to request for a document to be sent, you will just indicate in your PHS that the document has been requested and then once it is received we will add it to your packet. However, items such as copies of your driver license and vehicle insurance should be readily accessible and will need to be included, otherwise your packet can be disqualified due to being incomplete.
Yes, we highly encourage candidates to research the department, to include a ride along, to help better understand the position and agency. Once you are an active applicant in the process, contact a recruiter for more information on how to schedule a ride along.
No, we do not have any residency requirements.
Tattoos, body art, temporary tattoos, or branding that displays any obscene, sectarian, extremist, racist or offensive design, logo, or wording which is likely to give the impression that an employee may not impartially discharge their duty or detracts from a uniform professional appearance is prohibited.
No tattoos, body art, temporary tattoos, or branding of any kind will be visible on the hands or above the collar line of the Class “A” uniform shirt.
Smaller tattoos may be covered with inconspicuous coverings such as adhesive bandages or with black or skin toned spandex type cover-ups.
Larger tattoos must be covered in their entirety, including forearm or arm length tattoos. The wearing of a long sleeve to accomplish this is acceptable.
Officers will begin their career in the Patrol Division, and then are required to be employed for at least two years before being able to assess for any specialized unit. SWAT is an ancillary duty in conjunction with your primary assignment, and can be assessed for upon openings and eligibility.
To order a copy of a police report, submit a request.
Open Records Request Portal
McKinney Police Department Records Section
2200 Taylor Burk Drive
McKinney, Texas 75071
A criminal history can be obtained from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Accident Reports: Standard: $6.00 Certified: $8.00
Public Reports: Typically there is no fee for a copy of a public report.
Open Records Requests: Charges vary based on the nature of the request.
Records is located in the lobby of the McKinney Public Safety Building and is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A natural occurrence in all surface water supplies, an “algal bloom” is responsible for the taste and odor changes in the treated drinking water supply. Algal blooms usually occur in Lavon Lake in late July and into August each year, but can occur at any time if the right conditions exist in the water supply reservoir. Find more information on the North Texas Municipal Water District site.
Violators may receive a penalty collected through their regular water bill. Failure to pay the penalties can result in the water to your home or business being shut off. Please call 972-547-7367 for questions regarding water violation penalties.
Some exceptions exist, including businesses that require water to support their daily operations, such as a car wash. Should drought conditions continue, other restrictions to these types of operations may be considered.
Water is a finite resource, and our region's ability to supply water is constrained by multiple factors, including the water treatment plant capacity, pipe capacity (diameter), pumping capacity, lake levels, and other related factors. NTMWD has indicated that they are nearing the upper limit of their delivery capacity and are requesting member cities and customers to conserve water. It is important to reduce water demand now before more stringent regulations may be necessary to meet basic human and public safety needs. Long term, NTMWD is focused on expanding production and storage capacity through projects such as Bois d'Arc lake and the Leonard Treatment plant; however, these projects take many years to plan and construct.
To report a water violation, fill out our online form at McKinneyTexas.org/ReportWater or call 972-547-7367. If you are contacting us by phone, we must have the following information to investigate the violation:
The Parks Department adheres to the same watering conservation practices. Due to the size of the park areas, not all watering can be accomplished on the same day, and it is necessary to water different areas of the parks on different days.
McKinney contracts with Waste Connections for trash / recycle pick-up services and with with the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) for landfill access. Those contractors periodically change their guidelines to remain in compliance with State and Federal laws. When that happens, the City of McKinney must adjust its collection guidelines to ensure continued service.
The NTMWD provides solid waste services to its member and customer cities. For more information, please visit NTMWD.com.
Your container(s) must be set out and ready for collection by 7 a.m. on your collection day.
You may place your container out as early as 6 p.m. the day prior to pick-up.
McKinney Solid Waste Ordinances
Container(s) must be at least 3 feet apart from other containers, mailboxes, vehicles, utility meters, poles, fences, etc.
The front of the container showing the serial number should be facing the street.
All trash must be bagged and placed inside the container. Items outside the container will not be collected. An overloaded container will result in non-collection.
If you have too much trash to wait until your next pick-up day, you can take advantage of drop-off disposal services or contact Waste Connections to schedule an additional pick up for a fee.
Waste Connections - 469-452-8000
Trash contains many small, smelly pieces that can easily become litter or food for critters. To keep your home and neighborhood free from unsightly litter we ask that you bag all trash.
We ask that you do not bag your recycling unless you use brown paper bags.
Contaminated recyclables means that things have been thrown into the recycling container that are not recyclable. If a load has too many contaminated items, it cannot be recycled and will be treated as trash.
Common items that cause contamination:
Old style filament light bulbs can be thrown in the trash. All other light bulbs (Florescent, CFL, LED, Halogen, etc.) must be recycled through the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) pick-up.
Use the online form to schedule a HHW pick-up.
If your trash, recycling, bulky items, or yard waste was out by 7 a.m. and not collected, call Waste Connections at 469-452-8000.
If your trash, recycling, bulky items, or yard waste was not out by 7 a.m. and you need to schedule a pick-up you may do so for a fee by calling Waste Connections.
Waste Connections sends out different trucks for each type of pick up. Service may not be completed until 7 p.m.
Waste Connections will verify through on-board cameras and GPS to determine whether or not your items were out and ready for pick up on time.
If a holiday falls on a weekday, that collection day and those following will roll over to the next day of the week. Days prior to a holiday will not be affected.
Trash and recycling collection will not be provided on the following holidays:
Contact Waste Connections at 469-452-8000 for questions concerning the holiday collection schedule.
The earliest time your trash / recycling containers, bulky items and yard waste can be set out for pick-up is 6:00 p.m. the day before pick- up.
Placing containers outside prior to this time leads to a greater chance of creating litter.
The city contracts with Waste Connections for waste pick-up services.
Contact Waste Connections at 469-452-8000
Please set your yard waste out for collection on your scheduled trash / recycle pick-up day.
Visit our recycling page for pick up guidelines.
It is illegal for paint and other chemicals / liquid waste to be included with regular trash, flushed into the sewer, or otherwise released into the environment. Eligible households in McKinney should complete a Household Hazardous Waste pick-up request to schedule collection.
To be eligible for this program, participant households must be located in the City limits and have a current, paid solid waste account with the city. Please note the city cannot accept chemical or liquid waste from businesses.
The City of McKinney’s household hazardous waste collection program can only accept chemicals and liquid waste from private residences within the city limits that have a current, paid solid waste account with the city.
Businesses or others ineligible for the city’s program should contact a professional chemical waste disposal company for the disposal of such items. Some local vendors are listed below, though these businesses aren’t endorsed by the city. Other vendors may be found online by searching for Environmental Services or Hazardous Waste Disposal.
Find out about the rules for parking in McKinney from our Code Compliance division.
If your power is out, please contact your electricity provider. Here are a few of the major providers in McKinney:
Check out our quick guide for home repairs and permits in McKinney.
McKinney City Council has appointed committee members to consider a May 2023 bond election.
The proposed bonding authority will focus on improvements and projects at McKinney National Airport. One project that may be included is a new terminal building that would support commercial air service, which aligns with the Airport’s 2012 master plan and the City’s strategic goals.
The committee will provide their recommendation whether a bond should be called in May 2023.
Commercial air service has been part of the McKinney National Airport’s master plan since 2012.
City leaders have spent a significant amount of time doing their due diligence to ensure commercial air service is both a viable option and in the best interests of the community.
North Texas is among the fastest-growing major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. It is not uncommon for large cities – like the Metroplex – to have multi-airport systems.
If approved by voters, funding for the project is proposed to come from several sources, including General Obligation bonds, federal grants, and low-interest federal transportation infrastructure loans.
Those airlines which would operate at the airport has not been determined. The city and its consultants have been in discussions with multiple airlines that have expressed interest.
When a large number of vehicles on a road appear to exceed the speed limit, the Engineering Department can determine if a speeding problem exists by conducting a traffic study. A speeding problem is indicated on a residential street when the 85th-percentile speed is equal to or greater than 5 mph over the legal speed limit. If a speeding problem is determined from the traffic study, three potential steps will be taken to address the problem:
A street will be eligible for reevaluation of the speed limit on an annual basis or as changing roadway conditions dictate. All traffic studies are conducted in accordance with established engineering practices and guidelines. You can find more information about the Neighborhood Traffic Volunteer program. If you think you have a speeding problem in your neighborhood, contact the Engineering Department at 972-547-7425.
(Portions courtesy of the City of San Antonio) By state law and city ordinance, the speed limit on McKinney streets is 30 mph unless otherwise marked. Residential streets are mostly 30 mph except in marked school zones. Municipalities and other agencies responsible for traffic control are sometimes asked by citizens to reduce the posted speed limit in hopes that the lower speed limit will reduce operating speeds and accident potential. Although public agencies share the desire for low driving speeds and improved safety, studies have shown that arbitrarily reducing the speed limit does not accomplish the desired result. The safest traffic condition occurs when all vehicles travel approximately the same speed, creating a low speed differential. When speed limits are set too low, accident potential may increase due to the greater speed differential. Many years of research and experience have shown that lowering regulatory speed limits does not result in lower driving speeds or in reduced accident potential. By and large, drivers choose their speed independent of the posted speed limit. Drivers select their speed intuitively based on the environment around them and the speed that feels comfortable and safe. Studies have shown that there are no significant changes in average vehicle speeds following the posting of revised speed limits. In most cases, drivers operate their vehicles at speeds that they consider safe and prudent, despite posted speed limits. Most speed limits are based on the 85th percentile speed. It has proven to be an effective theory used by the majority of safety agencies that set speed limits throughout the country.
The City of McKinney’s primary objective at a school crossing is the protection of children. A school walking route is planned to take advantage of existing traffic controls, like stop signs or traffic signals. This sometimes makes it necessary for student pedestrians to walk an indirect route to an established school crossing located where there is an existing traffic control or crossing guard. This improves the movement of traffic by encouraging pedestrians to cross at one centralized location.
When the Don't Walk indication is flashing, it is not safe for the pedestrian to start crossing the intersection. A pedestrian who is already in the crosswalk when the indication starts to flash will have enough time to reach the other side if traveling at a normal walking speed of 3.5 feet per second.
Design engineers and materials testing firms are selected pursuant to the Texas Local Government Code Chapter 2254. Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) for design engineers and materials testing firms are advertised in several ways. Please refer to the city's Procurement Services website for the various advertising methods used, as well as, a link to the City's Electronic Procurement System. Interested firms should also register with the Purchasing Department for notification of RFQ's.
Construction contracts (CC) are advertised according to the Texas Local Government Code Chapter 271 - Subchapter H in several ways. Please refer to the city's Procurement Services website for the various advertising methods used, as well as, a link to the City's Electronic Procurement System. Interested firms should also register with the Purchasing Department for notification of RFQ's.
Yes. In Texas, relatively few roads are closed to bicycle traffic. However, toll roads (Sam Rayburn Tollway) and some freeways, including interstates and highways (U.S. 75) are closed to bicyclists. Texas state law considers a bicycle to be a vehicle and they must be operated in accordance with vehicular laws on the street.
For example, cyclists must:
Bicyclists, like motorists, must obey Texas state law regarding pedestrian right-of-way.
At crosswalks The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway in a crosswalk when:
A pedestrian may not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and proceed into a crosswalk in the path of a vehicle so close that it is impossible for the vehicle operator to yield.
The operator of a vehicle approaching from the rear of a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross a roadway may not pass the stopped vehicle.
At points other than crosswalks A pedestrian shall yield the right of way to a vehicle on the highway if crossing a roadway at a place:
A pedestrian may cross a roadway intersection diagonally only if and in the manner authorized by a traffic control device.
While riding a bike on the sidewalk is not prohibited, it should be noted that sidewalks are for pedestrians. Except for very young cyclists under parental supervision, sidewalks are not for bicycling. Much like wrong way riding, sidewalk riding can lead to crashes since it places bicyclists in situations where others do not expect them.
If a cyclist chooses to ride on the sidewalk, these guidelines are strongly encouraged: Be courteous, ride at a low speed, stay right, pass left, clearly announce when passing, yield to slower users, stop at stop signs and wear a helmet.
A roundabout is typically the optimum solution for any intersection (up to 50,000 vehicles per day). Engineered to maximize safety and reduce traffic congestion, roundabouts reduce fatal and injury crashes, ease traffic congestion, and reduce energy costs. Since 2008, the Federal Highway Administration encourages public agencies, such as cities, counties, and state highway departments to use roundabouts.
Roundabout sizes vary depending on traffic volumes, capacity needs, intersection location/context, and the largest anticipated vehicle at the intersection along with other factors. Most “modern roundabouts” will have a diameter less than 180 ft. with some roundabouts, such as mini-roundabouts, having a diameter as small as 60 ft.
Roundabouts are designed to keep traffic flowing around the intersection continuously. However, most intersections with a significant amount of traffic volume will still utilize traffic signals due to the need for more than two lanes.
Roundabouts are a relatively new type of intersection as compared to conventional intersection control types (traffic signals and stop signs).
Many motorists that are not familiar with driving roundabouts can feel uneasy and concerned that other drivers may not follow the rules at a roundabout. Once motorists become familiar with safely driving through a roundabout, they will notice the improved traffic flow and feel at ease.
Since roundabouts are new to our area, please expect a short adjustment period as motorists get used to driving them. Some drivers may stop at the yield sign or need a larger gap in traffic than others before they proceed to enter the roundabout – this reinforces the safety aspect of a roundabout. Drivers can take their time and enter when they feel it is safe to do so.
Mini-roundabouts are a low-cost alternative to larger single-lane roundabouts. Since mini-roundabouts are smaller in size, their footprint takes up less space which means they can be installed at intersections that may not have a large public right-of-way.
Several mini-roundabouts exist in McKinney including within the Auburn Hills development and at the intersection of Rockhill Road and S. Graves Street.
There are guide signs and pavement markings located prior to the entrance to roundabouts that indicate the appropriate lane(s) for your desired direction of travel. While some lane assignments may change from one roundabout to another, typical driving rules apply:
Look for the white and black regulatory signs while approaching a roundabout that provide the lane assignment for the intersection.
Both vehicles have the right of way since there are two lanes within the roundabout.
Remember, yield to traffic circulating inside the roundabout in the lane you will occupy. Enter the roundabout only when there is a safe gap in traffic.
If you are approaching a roundabout at the same time as a semi-truck, yield and give way to the larger truck. Large trucks will often overtake both lanes of a two-lane roundabout. Always try to remain in a position behind a large truck where you can see their driver’s side mirror or passenger side mirror. Never enter a roundabout in the blind spot of a large truck.
Yes, roundabouts are safe for pedestrians.
In a typical roundabout, pedestrians walk on sidewalks around the roadway (not across the central island). If it is necessary for pedestrians to cross the roadway, they cross one direction of traffic at a time. Crossing distances are relatively short and traffic speeds are lower than at traditional intersections. The location of crosswalks at roundabouts are away from the main travel zone which provides motorists with more space and time to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
Bicyclists entering the roundabout on the roadway must obey the rules of the road as a vehicle and follow the flow of traffic. Bicyclists should ride near the middle of the lane to remain visible to motorists.
Another option is for bicyclists to dismount and walk their bike on the sidewalks and crosswalks (like pedestrians).
Driving a roundabout takes practice for anyone. One benefit for inexperienced drivers is that roundabouts allow drivers to proceed at their own pace.
If you do not feel comfortable entering the roundabout due to certain vehicles that are already circulating inside the roundabout, you can wait for an appropriate gap in traffic before entering. Through practice and education, anyone can become comfortable driving through roundabouts.
Roundabouts are not appropriate everywhere. There are many factors when determining a proper location for a roundabout.
If you are already in the roundabout, continue driving to the next available exit, drive out of the roundabout and then pull over to the right side of the road and stop. This allows the emergency vehicle to safely pass.
Do not enter a roundabout when an emergency vehicle is approaching. Instead, move to the right and stop so the emergency vehicle can safely pass. The key is to make sure you are not an obstruction to an emergency vehicle.
Roundabouts are a relatively new type of intersection. There are many people who will be using a roundabout for the first time. Since roundabouts are new to our area, please expect a short adjustment period as motorists get used to driving them.
Roundabouts are carefully designed to accommodate all vehicles safely and effectively with large turning radii such as large trucks (semis), tractor-trailers, emergency vehicles and buses.
Roundabouts provide an area between the circulatory roadway and the central landscaped island, or “truck apron,” over which the rear wheels of these vehicles can safely track. The truck apron is typically composed of a colored and textured concrete to make it visible for drivers and to discourage routine use by smaller vehicles.
The policies established by the McKinney Urban Transit District (MUTD) Board provide transit services for seniors 65 years and over, individuals with disabilities and low-income individuals.
The McKinney Urban Transit District (MUTD) consists of representatives from the cities of McKinney, Celina, Lowry Crossing, Melissa, Princeton and Prosper. All MUTD meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act. The city televises MUTD meetings on its live feed, which can be viewed on Spectrum Cable, Ch. 16 and AT&T U-Verse, Ch. 99, or streamed online.
Collin County Transit is funded by two major sources: the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) and the Federal Transit Administration.
Uber and Lyft operate in McKinney.
Water usage determines the bill amount. The average household uses an estimated 2,000 gallons of water per person per month. Outdoor water usage and/or a leak could cause usage to greatly increase. Refer also to the Rates and High Consumption pages.
Find out how to track your water usage.
You may have a toilet leak If you:
To detect silent, less noticeable toilet leaks:
Meters are equipped with a flow/leak indicator. In the image below, 8 gallons of water are flowing through the meter per minute.
To check for a leak:
The meter dial registers water consumption and is a cumulative total of the water that has run through the meter since it was installed. You can get the consumption by comparing the beginning reading to a later reading. As water flows through the meter, the register shows the gallons per minute (GPM) in use.
Meters are read monthly and are not estimated. Since usage is billed in 1,000-gallon increments, rounded down, and inside usage does not vary significantly, it is common to see similar usage each month. More information on how to read your meter.
Low water pressure may be a symptom of clogged pipes or a leak. If you’ve recently had a repair, the valves may not have been fully re-opened. If only one fixture has low pressure, focus on fixing that fixture or the pipes serving it. If water pressure is low throughout the entire house, contact Water Maintenance by email or call 972-547-7360.
Yes! Options are available for an electronic statement in addition to or in lieu of a paper statement. You can sign up using the online portal (requires an active account) or by emailing Contact-WaterBilling@McKinneyTexas.org.
We offer two automatic payment methods:
Both draft automatically on the bill’s due date. To avoid payment failures due to expired / compromised credit cards, bank draft is recommended.
To add someone to your account, we will need a copy of their driver’s license. If renting, a copy of the lease is also required and must list the person as a tenant or occupant, email Contact-WaterBilling@McKinneyTexas.org.
To change your name on the account, we will need a copy of your driver’s license showing the name change, the marriage license or the divorce decree. You can submit the information by emailing the Water Billing department or in-person.
Email Water Billing
Any change must be emailed to the Water Billing department by 10 a.m. the business day before the original start / stop date. Include the address and reference number from your original confirmation email. Please do not resubmit a request since the original request may already be scheduled.
If you received a reference number, the application was submitted and received. Welcome / Confirmation emails are sent up to 3 business days after your start / cancel date.
You are responsible for water service until you cancel your service or it is “forced off” due to the new customer’s connection. The final bill is for the service period up to that cancelation date.
Meters are read and accounts are billed based on geographical cycles; since the due date is based on the bill date, it cannot be changed. We make every effort to bill each cycle at around the same time each month so that the due date does not fluctuate more than a few days. See also Due Dates & Billing Cycles.
If paying on or before the bill’s due date is not an option, know that we offer extra time to pay before late fees apply or a disconnection is scheduled. See Payment Extensions & Financial Assistance for more information.
We make every effort to contact individuals regarding deposit refunds. If we are unable to reach you, the money is considered unclaimed property and held by the city for up to one year if the amount is more than $100. For more information, please visit McKinneyTexas.org/UnclaimedProperty.
For conservative customers who use 7,000 gallons or less per month, the city offers “affordable water” at $4 per 1,000 gallons.
Trash service is provided through Waste Connections and billed by the City of McKinney.