Alexander Willis

JOUR 4410

Mark Donald

McKinney City Council Meeting Coverage

MCKINNEY, TEXAS – Members of a small McKinney neighborhood stand in opposition to the development of townhomes, which could potentially cause severe flooding in the area. Skorburg, the company behind the proposed developments, has three representatives arguing on behalf of the townhomes’ construction.

“We do not feel that this piece of property should even be developed,” David Cook says, a resident in the area since 2010, after sharing some photos of the severity of the flooding. “When I moved there in 2010, it would take approximately five to seven inches of rain to get that kind of flooding. Today, all it takes is two to three inches because of development further along the creek.”

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A teenager is stranded due to extreme flooding, and required rescue by the local Fire Department

The request, labeled 16-341Z2, is a request to rezone the subject property from a single family residence district (SF5) to a townhouse residential district (TH). While the construction would require the area to be brought out of a floodplain status, the removal of up to 30% of the nearby trees is what’s most concerning to the residents.

“There is already substantial overflow into the Creekview Estates area, with water rising to within a few feet of the properties along the trail and the ponding areas,” says Randall Jacobs, a resident in the area who was a former consultant in the water and sewage treatment field. “There is a serious concern about how taking away the overflow would impact the Creekview Estates.”

Rainey Rogers, City Council member representing District 2, asks one of the Skorburg representatives, “Have you seen a sightplan that overlays what they’re proposing versus where the trees are located?”

“I have not sir,” says the representative.

While over 200 members of the Creekview community were vocally against the new construction project according to Harry J. Hickey, Vice President of the Home Owners Association, some residents seemed to encourage the new development.

“These trees are just an eyesore from our standpoint,” argues Wayne McLaws, a local resident and member of the Church of Latter Day Saints, which is located directly next to the property in question. “It’s just ugly, to be frank with you. It’d be nice to make it more aesthetically pleasing.”

Damon Nahoulena is also in support of the construction project, arguing the business could help offset the property taxes in the area.

All City Council members unanimously approved the proposal on February 9th, and construction is planned to go underway later this year.

Coverage on the subject.