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Encyclopedia > The Colony, Texas
The Colony, Texas

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Nickname: City by the Lake
Location within the state of Texas
County Denton County
Government
 - Mayor John Dillard
Area
 - City 40.8 km²  (15.8 sq mi)
 - Land 35.4 km² (13.7 sq mi)
 - Water 5.4 km² (2.1 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 - City 26,531
 - Density 749.9/km² (1,942.2/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
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. 2005 population estimates put the city closer to 33,000 people. Image File history File links Thecolonylogo. ... This article or section seems to contain too many examples (or of a poor quality) for an encyclopedia entry. ... Adapted from Wikipedias TX county maps by Seth Ilys. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... United States of America, showing states, divided into counties. ... The (old) Denton County Courthouse, resting place of the countys namesake. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... John Dillard (August 12, 1760 - June 5, 1842) was born in Culpepper County, Virginia and served in the American Revolution, achieving the rank of Captain. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... To help compare orders of magnitude of different geographical regions, we list here areas between 1,000 km² and 10,000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... The (old) Denton County Courthouse, resting place of the countys namesake. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


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 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. Pizza Inn is a restaurant chain and international food franchise, specializing in American-style pizza. ... A distribution center for a set of products is a warehouse or other specialized building with refrigeration or air conditioning which is stocked with products to be re-distributed to retailers or wholesalers. ...


Located on the southeast side of the city, across State Highway 121 from most of the city, is Austin Ranch, a mixed-use development consisting of retail businesses, apartments and condominiums. Mixed-use development refers to the practice of allowing more than one type of use in a building or set of buildings. ...

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History

The site of The Colony is located inside the original Peters Colony lands, on the site of the Hedgcoxe War. The Hedgcoxe War of 1852, also known as the Peters colony rebellion, was an armed uprising of Texas colonists protesting what they viewed as an attempt by the land company to invalidate their land claims. ...


The city of 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). Centex (NYSE: CTX), founded in 1950 in Dallas, Texas, is one of the leading home building companies in the United States. ... “Dallas” redirects here. ... A Northern European single-family home in Germany. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ...


In 1976, one of the original homeowners associations petitioned the city of Frisco, Texas 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 definitive article was chosen). Location within the state of Texas County Collin County  - Mayor Mike Simpson Area    - City 181. ... An article is a word that combines with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. ...


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. Devolution or Home rule is the pooling of powers from central government to government at regional or local level. ... The council-manager government is one of 2 main variations of representative municipal government (for contrast, also see Mayor-Council government). ...


Council Members

Name Place Term Expires
John Dillard Mayor May 2009
Allen Harris One (at-large) May 2009
John Marshall Two (at-large) May 2009
Joseph McCourry Three May 2008
Kirk Mikulec Four May 2008
Perry Schrag Five May 2008
Joel Marks Six May 2008

Relations with Frisco, Texas

Since its incorporation, The Colony has had an uneasy association with its nearby neighbor, Frisco.


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. An easement is the right to do something or the right to prevent something over the real property of another. ... Sewage treatment, or domestic wastewater treatment, is the process of removing contaminants from wastewater, both runoff and domestic. ...


Geography

The Colony is located at 33°5′27″N, 96°53′5″W (33.090874, -96.884659)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 40.8 km² (15.7 mi²). 35.4 km² (13.7 mi²) of it is land and 5.4 km² (2.1 mi²) of it (13.15%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


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 the city's motto "City by the Lake"), including two peninsulas. Lewisville Lake is a man-made freshwater lake located in North Texas on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in Denton County near Lewisville. ... Location Location in the state of Texas Government Counties Denton County Dallas County Mayor Gene Carey Geographical characteristics Area     City 42. ... Location within the state of Texas County Collin County  - Mayor Mike Simpson Area    - City 181. ... Location in Dallas County and the state of Texas Country State Counties Dallas, Denton, Collin Government  - Mayor Becky Miller Area  - City  36. ... Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Coordinates: , County Government  - Mayor Pat Evans Area  - City 185. ... A peninsula in Croatia A peninsula is a piece of land that is bordered on three or more sides by water. ...


Major Highways

Image File history File links Texas_121. ... Texas State Highway 121, locally known as 121, is a diagonal state highway, angling from southwest to northeast through north central Texas. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Farm to Market Road 423 or FM 423 is major north-south road that stretches from US 380 southward to Texas 121. ...

Education

All of The Colony is located inside the Lewisville Independent School District which has built six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school inside 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 and is known as "the home of the Cougars." Lewisville Independent School District is a school district based in Lewisville, Texas covering most of Lewisville and all of The Colony, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Copper Canyon, and Double Oak as well as portions of Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Hebron, Coppell, Grapevine and Argyle. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Middle school (also known as intermediate school or junior high school) covers a period of education that straddles primary education and secondary education, serving as a bridge between the two. ... The Colony High School (TCHS), located in The Colony, Texas currently hosts grades 9 through 12. ...


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. The Collin County Community College District is a network of community college campuses located in Collin County, Texas, which is north of Dallas. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


Future growth

Large areas of undeveloped land remain inside The Colony, and are in the process of being 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 State Highway 121 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 is expected to bring additional business to the city's main transportation corridor. A small marina at Brixham, Devon, England. ...


In spite of the potential for growth, a high property tax rate and current development heavily balanced towards residential ownership present continuing challenges for The Colony. In addition, the city faces steep competition from not only Frisco, but from the cities of Lewisville, Carrollton and Plano, who have annexed most of the remaining vacant land around The Colony. Property tax, millage tax is an ad valorem tax that an owner of real estate or other property pays on the value of the property being taxed. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 26,531 people, 8,462 households, and 7,141 families residing in the city. The population density was 749.9/km² (1,942.1/mi²). There were 8,812 housing units at an average density of 249.1/km² (645.0/mi²). 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. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


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. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


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 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.


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. The median household income is commonly used to provide data about geographic areas and divides households into two equal segments with the first half of households earning less than the median household income and the other half earning more. ... The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


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