Oklahoma Supreme Court court leaves housing park parked
EDMOND — The state Supreme Court has immobilized a manufactured home park envisioned 34 years ago, started three years ago, then stalled in the courts earlier this year, just outside the Edmond city limits.
Justices declined to hear the developer's appeal of a lower-court order stopping work on 41 acres south of Waterloo Road and west of Coltrane Road, abutting Edmond.
The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals stopped the development last spring and ordered the Oklahoma County Board of Commissioners to declare a special use permit void that it approved in 1985. The land remained unimproved for decades, as upscale housing was built in the area.
Controversy erupted in 2017 when Colorado-based Stonetown Edmond LLC bought the property and continued to develop a park started in 2015 by the seller. The appeals court said the old permit was invalid and that a district court should have granted upset neighbors' request that it order the county board to recognize that the permit had long expired — a year after it was granted, in 1986, because it was not used by then.
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"This has been very stressful for my family as we have dealt with the legal issues and damage to our property over the last three years," said Greg Riepl, spokesman for the North Coltrane Community Association, which was formed to fight the project. "We are grateful that it is finally over and we look forward to seeing what becomes of the property in the future.
"In keeping track of the local Nextdoor website, it appears that most of the people in the area are also pleased at the outcome. The trailer park cast a long shadow from a property value perspective."
Representatives of Stonetown Edmond LLC could not be reached Tuesday.