The Melissa City Council voted to approve the rezoning of 49.39 acres of agriculture land located northeast of the intersection of Davis Road and U.S. Highway 75 in Melissa at their regularly scheduled city council meeting on Jan. 10. The unanimous vote approved Daford Enterprises’ request that this land be rezoned from agriculture to planned development C-2. This means that the farmland will now be zoned for commercial developments, such as shopping centers or office buildings.

In addition, there was a unanimous vote to approve the subdivision of this land with the first addition being designated for a Buc-ee’s, a popular Texas convenience store.

“We’re excited to have the applicant come to Melissa,” Melissa City Manager Jason Little said. “They still have a few items to work through with TxDOT and the Corps of Engineers, but we’re here to support them in any way they need.”

Buc-ee’s is a Texas based chain of convenience stores with a large following. Known for their “beaver nuggets” and other private label goodies, they are an oasis of fuel, snacks, and shopping for the traveler on the road. They are also known for their widely published pay-scale, which is well above minimum wage, and with that comes a promise to bring quality jobs to Melissa.

Also unanimously approved was the authorization of the city council to appoint Captain Chad Reed to serve on the Collin County EMS Advisory Board.

Approved as well was the authorization of the City Manager to execute the inter-local agreements between the city of Melissa and the cities of Van Alstyne and Howe. These agreements pertain to the transfer of a portion of their respective contractual minimum take or pay water obligation to the city of Melissa in exchange for an agreed upon payment from Melissa.