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The Colony, Texas
—  City  —

Seal
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; -96.88472Coordinates: 33°5′27″N 96°53′5″W / 33.09083°N 96.88472°W / 33.09083; -96.88472
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyDenton
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Joe McCourry
Kirk Mikulec
Richard Boyer
Jeff Connelly
David Terre
Perry Schrag
Joel Marks
 • City ManagerTroy Powell
Area
 • Total16.1 sq mi (41.7 km2)
 • Land14.0 sq mi (36.3 km2)
 • Water2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)
Elevation591 ft (180 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total36,328
 • Density2,300/sq mi (870/km2)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code75056
Area code(s)972
469
FIPS code48-72530[1]
GNIS feature ID1384043[2]
Websitewww.thecolonytx.gov
 
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The Colony, Texas
—  City  —

Seal
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; -96.88472Coordinates: 33°5′27″N 96°53′5″W / 33.09083°N 96.88472°W / 33.09083; -96.88472
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyDenton
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Joe McCourry
Kirk Mikulec
Richard Boyer
Jeff Connelly
David Terre
Perry Schrag
Joel Marks
 • City ManagerTroy Powell
Area
 • Total16.1 sq mi (41.7 km2)
 • Land14.0 sq mi (36.3 km2)
 • Water2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)
Elevation591 ft (180 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total36,328
 • Density2,300/sq mi (870/km2)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code75056
Area code(s)972
469
FIPS code48-72530[1]
GNIS feature ID1384043[2]
Websitewww.thecolonytx.gov

The Colony is a city in Denton County, Texas, United States, and a suburb of Dallas. The population was 36,328 at the 2010 census.[3]

The Colony is home to the 5 Star Athletic Complex, 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,[4] 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 Sam Rayburn Tollway, 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.[5]

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 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 extraterritorial 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 since then.

The 350-member TCHS Marching Band marched in the 1997 Tournament of Roses Parade. The Colony High School Lady Cougars Soccer Team was the 2007 Class 4A State Champion. New Jersey Nets point guard and Olympic gold medalist Deron Williams played for The Colony High School.

Politics

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

Council members

NamePlaceTerm expires
Joe McCourryMayorMay 2015
Kirk MikulecOne (at-large)May 2015
Richard BoyerTwo (at-large)May 2015
Jeff ConnellyThreeMay 2014
David TerreFour
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem
May 2014
Perry SchragFiveMay 2014
Joel MarksSix
Mayor Pro Tem
May 2014

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)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.1 square miles (41.7 km2), of which 14.0 square miles (36.3 km2) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), or 12.93%, is water.[7]

The city is bordered on the west by Lewisville Lake and the city of Lewisville, on the north and east by Frisco, and on the south by the cities of Carrollton and Plano. Approximately 23 miles (37 km) 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.

Climate

The Colony is part of the humid subtropical region.

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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 renowned TCHS 350 piece Marching Band that participated in the 1997 Tournament of Roses Parade. The Colony Marching Band has additionally been a finalist in the Texas State UIL Marching Contest in 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, and 2000. The Colony High School Wind Symphony was named the TMEA Class 5A Honor Band in 1997 and performed at the Midwest International Band Clinic in Chicago in 1994 and 1997, the American Bandmasters Association Convention in 2000, and at Carnegie Hall in 2001. The Colony Band has placed over 100 wind and percussion students in All-State Band and Orchestra since 1986.

The Colony High School is the alma mater of NBA superstar Deron Williams.

Owing to its original history as part of Frisco, The Colony is located inside the community college district, Collin College, 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 the 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

Years of planning work by city leaders have translated into a strong pace of economic and community development in The Colony. Nebraska Furniture Mart broke ground September 25, 2012, on a $1.5 billion, 433-acre complex along State Highway 121 between Plano Parkway and West Spring Creek Parkway. The Omaha-based furniture retailer is owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. The complex will be anchored by a 1.86 million-square-foot Nebraska Furniture Mart building, which will include a 600,000-square-foot showroom. The footprint for Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas will be equivalent to 40 football fields and will sit on approximately 90 acres. It will be part of the largest retail and entertainment destination of its kind in North America when the store opens in 2015. Nebraska Furniture Mart is expected to attract over 8 million visitors and generate $600 million in sales annually.

Infrastructure projects underway in The Colony include the Main Street/FM 423 Widening Project, encompassing over 10 miles of construction in three cities. Improvements in The Colony involve widening four miles of Main Street from Stewarts Creek Road to State Highway 121. Work should conclude in the spring of 2014. Plano Parkway is scheduled for expansion from four lanes to six lanes, and the Memorial Drive railroad underpass is moving forward, connecting Memorial Drive on the east side of The Colony to Spring Creek in Plano.

While The Colony is growing, prime space is plentiful with more than 700 acres to develop including State Highway 121 frontage. Mixed use centers include The Cascades at The Colony, a 100-acre master-planned community consisting of 280 residences; flex office space, a Marriott Residence Inn; and a Marriott Fairfield Inn. Another mixed use center is Austin Ranch, located west of the Dallas North Tollway and south of State Highway 121. The development has prime sites for corporate campuses, commercial offices, industrial distribution parks, retail strip centers, pad sites, multi-family and single-family homes.

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 per square mile (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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