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February 24, 2014

MAPC sends along few changes to commission, recommends 2 lot rezones

ENID, Okla. — Two residential lots on West Garriott soon could be converted to commercial property.

Metropolitan Area Planning Commission voted to recommend converting land use and zoning designations of the two lots, which are located at 1714 and 1724 W. Garriott. Their recommendation, however, is contingent on the landowners being able to waive a deed restriction that prohibits lots in that subdivision from being used for commercial purposes.

Deed restrictions, said City Planner Chris Bauer, are a private matter.

“That’s not our decision to do that,” he said. “It’s not your fight.”

There are several lots in that subdivision that already have been designated for commercial use.

Bauer said there are no businesses actively pushing for the change. He said the land use and zoning changes are “speculative.”

“There’s not a particular development that the landowners are seeking,” he said.

The designation, which would allow medium-intensity commercial businesses to set up shop there, allows a plethora of uses Bauer said would be an enhancement. But he warned some of those uses might be detrimental.

Bauer also noted the infrastructure in the area would support commercial enterprises.

There are two homes on the lots. Ella Teders owns one of them and said the cost of renovating her rent home is too costly.

“I don’t know anybody you could rent it to who’d like to live there,” she said.

MAPC member Cole Ream was the only one who voted against the changes. Both proposals now go to Enid City Commission for final approval.

MAPC also approved the final platting for Chisholm Creek Villages, which is located east of the North Van Buren bypass exchange. The plat divides an undeveloped lot into 33 spots for future homes.

“It’s needed, as you know, because of the housing shortage we have,” Bauer said.

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