What's happening in Edmond?
Housing addition gets nod
Developer Caleb McCaleb won a recommendation from the planning commission this week to rezone property north of Danforth Road and west of Sooner Road to build a housing addition with up to 307 homes.
Planning commissioners said yes to rezoning the property from single dwelling to residential planned unit development. They also recommended approval of the preliminary plat and amended the city's land use plan to allow the proposed development, which has been opposed by neighbors.
City council members are scheduled to make a final decision July 11.
Neighbors are concerned about increased traffic and drainage problems.
There also are plans for a fourth high school and new career technology school in the area, which property owners said will add even more traffic.
Planning commissioners requested at their May 17 meeting that McCaleb delay his requests and hold a community connection meeting with neighbors to work out concerns.
The meeting was held and concessions were made by McCaleb that eased some of the property owners' fears.
"That was the first one I have done," McCaleb said about the meeting. "It opened my eyes. I tried to address the concerns of the neighbors."
The houses in the proposed addition will have 1900s- to 1930s-style architecture, bungalow-type houses with alleys and garages in the back.
Work to resurface a section of Santa Fe Avenue, between Sorghum Mill Road and Waterloo Road, is expected to start Monday. The project is expected to last about a week. The road will remain open, but motorists should expect delays with various lane closures. Drivers are encouraged to find an alternate route. This is a joint project with Edmond and Oklahoma County District No. 3. Edmond's cost is $80,000.
Land use changes
Efforts to update Edmond's 10-year-old land use plan continued this week with revised maps that include new areas designated for commercial property and multifamily areas.
One of the goals of the city council is to develop a more effective review and amendment process for Edmond Plan IV, the land use plan written in 2006.
Since the plan was written a decade ago, specific studies and plans have been adopted by the city and need to be added into the land use guidelines, including the 2007 master transportation, the 2013 parks and trails, 2012 bicycle master, 2013 water and wastewater and the 2014 downtown master.
Each time a land owner or developer wants to rezone a piece of land to something other than what was designated in Edmond Plan IV they have to request an amendment to the plan. There have been 81 amendments approved since 2006.
Planning Director Bob Schiermeyer told planning commissioners this week in a workshop that the plan update does not include rewriting the zoning ordinance or the subdivision code.
As part of Edmond Plan IV, the city is divided into 10 neighborhoods with maps designating the type of projected development. The neighborhoods that have been approved and number of residents.
A public hearing on the updated plan will be held July 19. Planning commissioners will vote on the updated plan Aug. 2.
The Edmond Convention and Visitors Bureau received the Outstanding Tourism Community of the Year award during the Frontier Country Marketing Association's awards luncheon.
In Frontier Country, this is the highest recognition, an award chosen by tourism peers.
Promotion efforts for LibertyFest, golf tournaments and University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games were among the Edmond events that were credited for the award.
The convention bureau also won second place for its newly designed website. Frontier Country Marketing Association is a multicounty organization whose purpose is to promote tourism in the 11 counties of central Oklahoma.
“Bringing visitor dollars to Edmond is a real revenue generator for local businesses and city sales tax collections," said Cathy Williams-White, convention bureau director. “We are a small, three-person office and this is a large industry."
It's a fact
City council members, during the approval of the $297 million budget, transferred $1 million in interest money out of the hospital trust fund to the real property fund, in case Edmond wants to purchase property next fiscal year. No specific project needing land was mentioned. The new budget takes effect on Friday.
LibertyFest activities start Saturday with KiteFest at 9:30 a.m. at J.L. Mitch Park, a car show at 8 a.m. at E.C. Hafer Park, the Miss LibertyFest Pageant at 7 p.m. at Santa Fe High School and a rodeo at 8 p.m. at Carl Beene Rodeo Grounds.
Edmond City Council will meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday for a review of the strategic plan and will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Both meetings will be at 20 S Littler Ave.
Have questions about Edmond, its road construction, the hotel and conference center, traffic or capital improvements? Email Diana Baldwin at email@example.com.
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