The McKinney City Council recently adopted a strategic plan with long-term goals and major priorities for 2013. Council approved the five major goals of focus, with economic development-related projects still at the top of the list, echoing a trend continued over the past several years.
City Council 2013 Goals
• Strong, balanced economy
• Fiscally sound city government providing excellent services
• Vibrant historic district: authentic downtown and neighborhoods
• Improved mobility within, to and from McKinney
• Sustainable, unique neighborhoods
“Each year, the City Council engages in strategic planning sessions to evaluate projects underway, engage in policy discussions that impact development and budget issues, and discuss long-range visioning for the city as we continue to develop. Much of the discussion this year centered on development issues tied to current infrastructure construction along U.S. Highway 75, U.S. Highway 380 and economic development projects at Gateway, the Craig Ranch Corporate Center, Collin College and the Collin County Regional Airport,” said Mayor Brian Loughmiller.
The priorities for the coming year were broken into top priorities and high priorities.
2013 Top Priorities
• City economic development
• Gateway Hotel/Event Center
• Collin County Regional Airport
• McKinney Corporate Center at Craig Ranch
• Expansion of Collin College programs and partnerships
2013 High Priorities
• Aquatic center
• Commercial/Retail Corridor Strategies
• Develop municipal center location and funding strategy
• Expand commercial development within the Historic District
• Develop city infrastructure to support economic growth
In addition, the City Council confirmed the core businesses that have been at the center of the City of McKinney vision for years:
• Plan McKinney's future development
• Support economic expansion
• Protect people and property, making a safe community
• Respond to emergency situations
• Provide leisure and recreational opportunities
• Manage traffic flow and road system
• Provide essential utility services for daily living
• Serve as a community information and resource center
• Preserve the "McKinney character" – our heritage
“As we continue this strategic planning process, the City Council is mindful residents of McKinney expect us to maintain a quality of life that has resulted in McKinney being nationally recognized as a premier city in the United States. With our strategic plan, we have provided a road map for near-term and long-term decisions that we hope will provide insight into the issues we discuss and strategies that we believe meet the demands of our community as we grow,” said Mayor Loughmiller.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., McKinney has a current population of nearly 141,000. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.