Downtown Development

A Thriving Downtown

The City of McKinney is dedicated to strong and thriving downtown that enhances the quality of life in McKinney. We have several opportunities and programs that promote reinvestment in the physical landscape of downtown while simultaneously activating public spaces downtown. The careful balance of preservation and new development in Downtown McKinney preserves our unique historic character. 

The Town Center Study and Beyond

In the early 2000s, the City of McKinney and its residents made a conscious decision to promote a higher standard of living and encourage economic growth by investing in the community and revitalizing historic downtown McKinney. 

This decision initiated our Town Center study. With the information learned during this study, the City created a new form based code for the downtown area and initiated several programs aimed at fostering reinvestment in our unique downtown. Follow the links below for more information on these studies, initiatives, and programs. 


Economic Incentives

Sidewalk Use Areas and Parklets

NOTE:  Amendments to the sidewalk lease program, including the adoption of new fees, are anticipated to be considered by City Council on June 21, 2022. Proposed changes include the following: 

  • Relocate the sidewalk license program requirements from Chapter 122 to Chapter 90
  • Modify the enclosure requirements for sidewalk use areas.
  • Establish a new sidewalk patio program for retail establishments. 
  • Extend license agreement periods from 1-year to 2-year agreements with 2-year renewals.
  • Modify fees for sidewalk use areas from a flat fee to a scaled fee based on the square footage of the sidewalk use area.  

Links to current Sidewalk Use Permit applications:

Information Sharing


McKinney Town Center Zoning District (MTC)

The MTC facilitates pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use, urban-infill redevelopment that provides for a number of land use opportunities including, but not limited to shopping, employment, housing & business and personal services.

To achieve our goals, we:

  • Promote an efficient, compact and walkable development pattern.
  • Encourage pedestrian activity.
  • Reduce reliance on private automobiles.
  • Position the Historic Town Center as a viable transit-oriented development.
  • Promote a more functional and attractive community through the use of recognized and time-tested principles of urban design.
  • Allow developers flexibility in land use and site design.



Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 1 (TIRZ 1)

TIRZ 1 provides support for catalytic infrastructure and projects that do the following:

  • Support continued revitalization of the Historic Town Center.
  • Link the Town Center across S.H. 5 to potential future Transit-Oriented Developments around potential a future pedestrian rail transit station.
  • Provide infrastructure needed for the safe and pedestrian-oriented transportation circulation demands within the historic core of the Town Center.
  • Improve and remediate key locations that have suffered from historic industrialization.
  • Provide other support for the redevelopment of the Town Center.

Learn more about TIRZ in our FAQ