Value of a Mix-Use Municipal Complex

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Written By: Julio Carrillo, AICP

Date: February 9, 2022

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Julio Carrillo, AICP, LEED AP, is a Senior Planner & Manager with Parkhill’s Planning & Interiors Practice. With over 15 years of experience, he has managed and directed projects ranging from architecture and green building consulting to urban design and community planning. Through his diverse knowledge of residential, multifamily, corporate office, educational, institutional, municipal, and neighborhood design, Julio, helps to plan and build sustainable communities. 

The creation of mix-use districts has been well understood to have undeniable benefits in city planning. These types of districts are recognized in city planning and highly desired by municipalities in the country due to their intrinsic fiscal revenue generated to the city.

In this article, we will describe two pieces related to the creation of the Municipal Complex in the City of McKinney, TX. Parkhill’s Planning Practice produced two interesting pieces of data-driven investigation:

| A predictive analysis of employment-based metrics for the public entities within the city

| A geospatial analysis of the complex surroundings that supports the need of a mix-use proposal

These 2 pieces are, together, an example of design and planning with a data-driven approach to a new project. But these concepts also exemplify the core idea of generating successful places that support building sustainable communities. This work with geospatial and predictive analytics allowed our client to clearly make decisions based on fiscal sustainability metrics, which is a common concern for the decision-making process in public entities.