McKinney’s priority list

The McKinney City Council adopted long-term goals and major priorities for the coming year during their regular meeting last night. The five-year strategic goals include five major points for the community.

• Strong, balanced economy
• Fiscally sound, service-oriented city government
• Vibrant, authentic historic district
• Progressive mobility within, to and from McKinney
• Sustainable, unique neighborhoods

“As a City Council, we are working hard to create a vision to keep our community’s identity as we move from a nationally renowned community into a world-class city. We know that McKinney is an unparalleled place to live, work and play now. By outlining what we are and what we want to be, we are creating the map to help keep us on this path as we grow,” said Mayor Brian Loughmiller.
The priorities and tactics for the coming year to reach the five-year goals were broken into top priorities and high priorities.

2011 Top Priorities
1. City economic development
2. Gateway project
3. Collin County Regional Airport
4. Corporate business park

2011 High Priorities
1. Quality development standards
2. Aquatic center
3. Historic District ordinances
4. Annexation policy

Economic development continues to be emphasized. The direction of the Gateway development at the northeast corner of U.S. 75 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway, Collin County Regional Airport development and development of a corporate business park also top the list of priorities. Other high priorities focus on maintaining the city’s identity of a strong hometown spirit and historic ties by ensuring quality development standards, determining direction for an aquatics center, addressing historic district ordinances and creating an annexation policy.

“Many of the priorities that take precedence this year are tied to the continued economic vitality of our city. City Council can play a big part in not only ensuring new business development, but managing how we develop to ensure that as a community, we keep our unique nature. This is an exciting time for McKinney, and I believe with the pieces we have in place, we will see major achievements in the coming year,” Loughmiller said.

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