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The Colony, Texas
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Nickname(s): City by the Lake
Location of The Colony in Denton County, Texas
Coordinates: 33°5′27″N 96°53′5″W / 33.09083°N 96.88472°W / 33.09083; -96.88472
Country United States United States
State Texas Texas
County Denton
Government
 - Type Council-Manager
 - City Council Mayor Joe McCourry
Allen Harris
Richard Boyer
Jeff Connelly
Kirk Mikulec
Perry Schrag
Joel Marks
 - City Manager Tony Johnston
Area
 - Total 40.8 km2 (15.7 sq mi)
 - Land 35.4 km2 (13.7 sq mi)
 - Water 5.4 km2 (2.1 sq mi)
Elevation 180 m (591 ft)
Population (2009)
 - Total 39,906
 - Density 749.9/km2 (1,942.2/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 75056
Area code(s) 972
FIPS code 48-72530[1]
GNIS feature ID 1384043[2]
Website http://www.thecolonytx.gov/

The Colony is a city in Denton County, Texas, United States. The population was 26,531 at the 2000 census. The current population is estimated at just over 40,000 residents.

The Colony is home to the 5 Star Athletic Complex, which was completed in 2003. The Colony was named the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Sports Town of The United States in that same year. The city is home to Pizza Inn's corporate headquarters, as well as an Edward Don distribution center and a variety of small and medium-sized businesses.

Located on the southeast side of the city, across from 121 Toll Road, is Austin Ranch, a mixed-use development consisting of retail businesses, apartments and condominiums.

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History

The Colony is located inside the original Peters Colony lands, on the site of the Hedgcoxe War.[3]

The Colony did not exist before 1969, when home developers Fox and Jacobs (owned by Centex) purchased most of the land located around State Highway 121 and Farm to Market Road 423. They planned the development of a new "dream city" modeled after the city of Dallas, consisting primarily of single family homes grouped as a "colony". The homes were served by a municipal utility district formed to bring water, electricity (via Texas Power and Light), cable television (via Lakeside CATV) and telephone service (via Southwestern Bell).

In 1976, one of the original homeowners associations petitioned the city of Frisco to remove the area from its extra-territorial jurisdiction. A vote was held in January 1977, and the City of The Colony was officially incorporated at that time (the name Colony was already in use, and thus the current name with the definite article was chosen). In 1987, the small lakeside community of Eastvale and The Colony voted to merge. The town has grown significantly in the past ten years. The Colony High School Lady Cougars Soccer Team was the 2007 Class 4A State Champion. Utah Jazz point guard and Olympic gold medalist Deron Williams played for The Colony High School, as is Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter.

Politics

The Colony is considered a Home Rule municipality with the council-manager form of government. It has a six-member council, with two members elected at large, as well as a city Mayor.

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Council Members

Name Place Term Expires
Joe McCourry Mayor May 2012
Allen Harris One (at-large) May 2012
Richard Boyer Two (at-large) May 2012
Jeff Connelly Three May 2011
Kirk Mikulec Four May 2011
Perry Schrag Five May 2011
Joel Marks Six May 2011

Relations with Frisco, Texas

Since its incorporation, The Colony has had an uneasy association with its nearby neighbors, Lewisville and Frisco . Relations with Frisco have been particularly strained.

Both cities were part of a lawsuit in the early 1980s contesting the validity of a Texas law allowing so-called strip annexations of land, whereby a city incorporates tiny slivers of land reaching other, larger areas. Frisco annexed the majority of land to the north and east of The Colony, cutting off the smaller city's future growth prospects. Another notable lawsuit by The Colony against Frisco and the North Texas Municipal Water District concerns Frisco not allowing The Colony access to its right-of-way so The Colony could use a jointly-owned wastewater treatment plant. The lawsuit against Frisco and the NTMWD is still active.

Geography

The Colony is located at 33°5′27″N 96°53′5″W / 33.09083°N 96.88472°W / 33.09083; -96.88472 (33.090874, -96.884659)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.7 square miles (40.8 km²), of which, 13.7 square miles (35.4 km²) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) of it (13.15%) is water.

The city is bordered on the west by Lewisville Lake and Lewisville, Texas, on the north and east by Frisco, Texas and on the south by Carrollton, Texas and Plano, Texas. Approximately 23 miles of shoreline on Lake Lewisville are contained within the city's boundaries (the basis for one of the city's nicknames, "City by the Lake"), including two peninsulas.

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Education

The Colony is located inside both the Lewisville Independent School District and Little Elm Independent School District. The Lewisville Independent School District has built six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school inside the city limits. The elementary schools are Peters Colony Elementary, Camey Elementary, B.B. Owen Elementary, Stewart's Creek Elementary, Ethridge Elementary, and Morningside Elementary. The two middle schools are Griffin Middle School and Lakeview Middle School. The Colony High School is located just north of SH 121 on Blair Oaks Drive. The Lady Cougars soccer team won the 2007 Class AAAA soccer championship, the school's first in any sport. The Colony is home to the TopCats Drill Team, as well as a marching band that participated in the 1997 Tournament of Roses Parade. The Colony High School also has a football team, as do most high schools in Texas. . The Colony High School is also the alma mater of NBA superstar Deron Williams.

Owing to its original history as part of Frisco, The Colony is located inside the Collin County Community College District, unlike all other places in Denton County. However, since residents of The Colony do not pay taxes to said district they must pay out-of-county tuition rates to attend Collin County Community College.

In May 2009, Griffin Middle School student and The Colony resident Eric Yang won the National Geographic Bee, beating out 54 other state competition champions to win a scholarship and travel package valued at more than $25,000.

Future growth

Large areas of undeveloped land remain inside The Colony, but have not been developed by their owners. In the near future, a marina is due to be developed by MarineQuest Corporation at the city's Hidden Cove Park, and two residential/mixed-use developments are planned along 121 Toll Road and on Wynnwood Peninsula on Lewisville Lake. The completion of the conversion of Highway 121 from a four-lane highway to a six-lane tollway was expected to bring additional business to the city's main transportation corridor, but this failed to materialize. Instead, two commercial developments on the southbound service road (including one mixed-use property at the intersection of 121 and Blair Oaks) have stalled indefinitely. Additionally, the vacant property at northbound 121 and Plano Pkwy, owned by the Maharishi Global Development Fund, remains unavailable for development.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 26,531 people, 8,462 households, and 7,141 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,942.1 people per square mile (749.9/km²). There were 8,812 housing units at an average density of 645.0/sq mi (249.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.46% White, 5.18% African American, 0.71% Native American, 1.68% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 5.30% from other races, and 2.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.26% of the population.

There were 8,462 households out of which 53.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.7% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.6% were non-families. 11.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14 and the average family size was 3.41.

In the city the population was spread out with 34.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 38.0% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 2.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 males there were 98.8 females. For every 100 males age 18 and over, there were 97.1 females.

The median income for a household in the city was $64,080, and the median income for a family was $66,203. Males had a median income of $44,208 versus $30,530 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,903. About 1.6% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

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References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ Texas State Historical Commission. "The Hedgcoxe War Historical Marker". http://www.stoppingpoints.com/texas/sights.cgi?marker=The+Hedgcoxe+War&cnty=denton. Retrieved August 8, 2009.  
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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