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Vote delayed on Edmond ordinance allowing chickens

EDMOND — City council members delayed taking any action on allowing backyard chickens in Edmond, but approved two economic incentives when they met Monday.

Backyard chickens

Council members will consider again on March 27 an amended ordinance allowing up to eight chickens on lots that exceed 30,000 square feet, but no roosters would be allowed.

The proposed ordinance allows up to a dozen birds if the lot is in excess of one acre.

Edmond Urban Chickens, a group of more than 700 followers on Facebook, wants the city to allow chickens on lots that are 6,000 square feet.

Advocate Fran Stout said 90 percent of their group would be excluded with the larger lot requirement.

Supporters also want more chickens if the owners lives on larger acreages.

Council members agreed to look at having more chickens on larger pieces of land, and possible issuing permits for chicken owners.

Family entertainment center

City council members approved paying ShowBiz Cinemas and Covell-35 Development LLC $4.8 million over 20 years as an incentive to build a $23 million family entertainment center with a 12-screen theater and 18 bowling lanes.

They will also spend $268,905 upfront for infrastructure improvements at Covell Road and Interstate 35 to make room for the 82,500-square-foot center to be constructed on 11.04 acres on the northwest corner of the intersection.

The $4.8 million would be paid in annual increments based on an amount equal to 2 cents of the city's sale tax generated directly from the movie and entertainment complex operation during the previous year.

Kevin Mitchell, president and CEO of ShowBiz, said Monday they are ready to start as soon as possible.

Petra incentive

Petra Industries, an Edmond-based wholesale distributor of consumer and custom electronics, was awarded the second half of its $250,000 incentive to increase the size of its business and add jobs.

Petra's 525,000-square-feet of warehouse at 3400 S Kelly Ave. They made a capital investment of $14 million, including exterior improvements of $3 million and interior improvements of $750,000.

They have more than 292 employees.

Petra came to Edmond in 1998 and has expanded its original 40,000-square-foot facility on several occasions.

Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›