Monarch City Project
Monarch City is a 261-acre mixed-use development located at the intersection of SH 121 and US 75. The developer, Howard Hughes Corporation, plans to include 10 million square feet of development, including office, residential, retail and hospitality around a central park.
This is the first form-based zoning project approved in Allen. This zoning ensures quality standards, while allowing future flexibility to accommodate the evolving needs of the city and future tenants. It allows for a progressive and sustainable development approach such that tenants can shape the campus to suit specific needs and evolve over time. Completion of a master-planned community of this size generally happens over many years.
Another unique aspect of this project is the plan to integrate with the existing environmental landscape. Current plans include a network of neighborhood parks and plazas, water features, pollinator habitats and trails connecting to the regional Six Cities Trail System. Ultimately, the development is planned to provide a walkable urban community in which residents can live, work and play.
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|Developer shares plans to develop property||May 2017|
|Developer names project and releases renderings||May 2018|
|Developer submits zoning application||September 14, 2018|
|City of Allen staff review and comment - Technical Review Committee||September 25, 2018; January 8, 2019|
|Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, public hearing and recommendation||June 4, 2019|
|City Council meeting, public hearing and vote||June 25, 2019|
- June 25: Allen City Council conducts a public hearing and approves ordinance 3682-6-19 to establish zoning for Monarch City. (Item 17)
- June 6: An advertisement for the June 25 public hearing was published in Allen American. This is required by State and City law.
- June 4: The City of Allen Planning & Zoning Commission conducts a public hearing (Item 6). At the hearing's conclusion, the Commission recommends approval of the proposed zoning request.
- June 4: The Howard Hughes Corporation meets with Starcreek Homeowners Association.
- May 24: Notices are sent to all property owners within 200 feet of the Monarch City project bounds. This is required by the State of Texas and the City of Allen.
- May 24: A sign is placed on the project site announcing a public hearing. This is required by City ordinance.
- May 23: Allen City Council and the Planning & Zoning Commission host a workshop on form-based codes to be used in the proposed Monarch City development plans. This meeting was open to the public.
- February 19: Planning & Zoning Commission holds a work session on form-based codes. This meeting was open to the public.
- February 12: Allen City Council holds a work session on Monarch City's proposed use of form-based codes. This meeting was open to the public.
- January 8: Second Technical Review Committee meeting (TRC). A technical review committee consisting of City staff from planning, engineering, fire, parks, waste services, building and code, and information technology assess the development's impact on services and constituents. Other representatives involved in the process include school district, utility companies and various service providers.
- November: Allen City Council holds a work session on form-based codes.
- September: First Technical Review Committee meeting (TRC).
- September: The Howard Hughes Corporation files zoning application.
- May: The Howard Hughes Corporation publicly announces development plans.
- May: Allen Economic Development Corporation shares information about Howard Hughes plans to develop property at the annual broker's event.
- November: The Howard Hughes Corporation acquires the Allen property site from General Growth Properties.
Monarch City will be located at the southwest corner of Sam Rayburn Tollway and US 75. The project is on approximately 261 acres. While the development is within Allen city limits, it is in the service district of McKinney Independent Schools.
The North Texas Tollway Association (NTTA) has plans to construct additional lanes on Sam Rayburn Tollway within the next 5 years to service growth along the entire SH 121 corridor.
The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include: the Seaport District in New York; Columbia, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; and Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Dedicated to innovative placemaking, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC.
- City Council Agenda for June 25 Council meeting.
- City Council Agenda Communication for Monarch City public hearing on June 25.
- Ordinance 3682-6-19, establishing zoning for Monarch City. Approved by City Council at June 25 Council meeting.
- Property Notification Map.
- Draft minutes of the June 4, 2019 Planning & Zoning Commission meeting.
- June 25, 2019 Allen City Council meeting. (Monarch City is Item 17)
- June 4, 2019 Planning & Zoning Commission meeting. (Monarch City is Item 6)
- 2019 Allen Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) Annual Real Estate and Broker Luncheon. Monarch City is 34 minutes in. (June 6)
- 2018 Allen Economic Development Corporation Real Estate Update.
- 2017 Allen Economic Development Corporation Real Estate Update.