Frisco, McKinney fastest growing cities in nation

MSN Real Estate reports that Frisco and McKinney were the two fastest growing cities in America during the last decade, according to figures released last week by MSN Real Estate.

The city of Frisco grew a total of 203.9 percent since 2000, for an estimated population of 102,413 in 2009. The estimated population of Frisco at the end of 2010 was 107,050, and is estimated to be 148,000 by 2015.

MSN Real Estate reported that the population of McKinney grew 135 percent between 2000 and 2009, to 127,672, good enough for second on MSN Real Estate’s list. McKinney’s population is estimated to now be more than 130,000, and its 2015 population is projected at 150,602.
Christopher Solomon of MSN Real Estate said, “No wonder city officials recently gave this city 25 miles north of Dallas the slogan, ‘Progress in Motion.’ It was the fastest growing city with more than 100,000 people in the entire country in the 2000s.”

He explained, “Frisco has some of the best schools in the state. Collin College, Dallas Baptist University, the University of Dallas, and Amberton University all have campuses in Frisco. The city is also home to minor league basketball, hockey and baseball teams, and has quality arenas and ballparks.

Many people are employed in Frisco at the large T-Mobile USA campus. The headquarters and training facilities for the Dallas Stars, a National Hockey League team, are also located in Frisco.”

“North Texas has a lot of fast-growing communities,” Solomon said, “and there’s a lot of competition for where people can live and businesses can relocate. But people have been voting with their feet and trooping to McKinney. They like that they’re within striking distance of downtown Dallas, 30 miles to the south, yet at the same time can live in a place that has elements of small-town charm.”

MSN Real Estate named the 15 fastest growing cities in America. Denton came in at No. 13, having grown 48.5 percent to a population of 122,830 between 2000 and 2009.

The 15 fastest growing cities in America were listed as:

1. Frisco, Texas

2. McKinney, Texas

3. North Las Vegas, Nevada

4. Gilbert, Arizona

5. Port St. Lucie, Florida

6. Victorville, California

7. Round Rock, Texas

8. Elk Grove, California

9. Cape Coral, Florida

10. Peoria, Arizona

11. Miramar, Florida

12. Murfreesboro, Tennessee

13. Denton, Texas

14. Henderson, Nevada

15. Irving, California
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The Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission dealt another blow to Exide Technologies on Tuesday with the denial of two applications pending with the city.

The Dallas Morning News reported:

Officials with the battery recycling plant need approvals so they can make improvements required by state and federal regulators to reduce lead emissions. An area around the plant near downtown Frisco is one of 21 in the nation that does not meet the federal air-quality standard for lead.

While lead emissions from the plant have declined in recent months, Exide must make further upgrades, including the enclosure of several buildings under negative pressure to capture toxic lead particles.

“Time is of the essence,” Exide attorney Arthur Anderson wrote in a letter to the city earlier this month.

City and company officials disagree on what’s required and where the applications stand. The city has requested Exide apply for a specific use permit, which calls for an extra level of review by the commission as well as the City Council. But the company has refused to submit the paperwork. Exide says no such permit is required. It also refused to address staff comments on its applications unless the city agreed to waive the permit requirement.

Anderson stated in his letter that the company believes its applications should be approved because the city didn’t meet certain deadlines. But city officials say those deadlines were waived with Exide’s submission of a vested rights petition.

Exide filed the petition in November along with applications for a preliminary site plan and final plat. The company petitioned to be allowed to comply with city ordinances in place in 1968 when the plant was annexed into the city. The Planning and Zoning Commission denied that petition in December. The Frisco City Council affirmed that decision last month.

City officials say the denial means that the company must follow current ordinances. Those require the company to file a specific use permit for its miscellaneous hazardous industrial use, according to city officials.

Anderson said Tuesday that Exide disagrees not only with the permit requirement but also with the city’s description of its property use. “We believe we are a recycling plant,” he said.

Planning commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to deny both applications.

Anderson said he would consult with Exide about appealing those votes. He declined to say whether Exide would seek legal action against the city.
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