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January 15, 2013

Approved: Rezoning, canola TIF, water line work get commission's OK

ENID, Okla. — Enid City Commission approved rezoning a 16-acre tract at Chestnut and Cleveland for commercial development at its meeting Tuesday night.

Commissioners also approved a Tax Increment Finance district for a proposed canola processing plant and emergency bidding procedures to replace a section of city water line.

Commercial development

Commissioners approved a development proposal to rezone 16 acres on the northwest corner of Chestnut and Cleveland from low-intensity residential to medium-intensity commercial, planned business center district.

The proposed rezoning area lies within the city’s 2025 Comprehensive Plan, which identifies the Chestnut and Cleveland intersection as a 30-acre medium intensity Community Commercial Node 2, with 7.5 developed acres on each corner of the intersection.

The proposal approved increased the commercial section on the northwest corner of the intersection from 7.5 acres to 16.09 acres for development as an office and retail space.

The area to the north of the rezoned commercial development currently is pasture, and includes a water detention area for the Rolling Acres development.

City planning administrator Chris Bauer told commissioners the city has plans to acquire 27 acres of land east of Cleveland and south of the railroad track for a new water detention site.

The proposed commercial office and retail center on the northwest corner of Cleveland and Chestnut also has its own on-site water detention area.

Several local residents spoke during a public hearing on the matter Tuesday night, voicing concerns over the development’s impact on water detention, aesthetics and the neighborhood in general.

Glen Julian urged commissioners to restrict the development to the original size specified in the comprehensive plan, and not allow expansion to 16 acres of commercial development.

“This is a residential area,” Julian said. “I just don’t want the extra commercial area in the neighborhood.”

Dale Denton, who lives across Chestnut from the proposed development, said addressing the storm water drainage and on-site detention should be a required “first order of business” in the commercial development plan.

Linda Record, who lives on Quailwood, also voiced concerns about the drainage and detention issues.

“We want to see that you follow through with the purchase of that 27 acres for the detention pond east of Cleveland,” Record said. “It is very important that we get the proper drainage in place before any development goes in, so I hope this council will get that on the fast track.”

Specifics of the project development will have to be presented in a site plan through the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and come before the commission for approval.

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