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April 21, 2014

MAPC approves lots for 56 homes

ENID, Okla. — A joint city and county panel has approved the outline of a new housing development at Oakwood and Purdue over the objections of a neighbor.

Milestone Homes of Ardmore has 20 acres on the southwest corner of that intersection and has initial plans to install more than 30 homes. After the MAPC gave approval Monday, the builder has 56 lots available for future development. Four homes already are being constructed.

Dr. Rolfe Reitz, who lives across Oakwood from the planned development, urged the MAPC to deny the preliminary plat. He said the homes are not consistent with other residential lots in the area and that the neighborhood is more suited to single homes on multiple acres.

Reitz also criticized the plans to have several backyards facing his home, despite the developer’s promise to install fencing. He said he’s not the only one who opposes the development and mentioned several of his neighbors who are against it.

He cited the city’s comprehensive plan, which urges planners to consider consistency and the opinions of nearby landowners.

“By the master plan, this committee has the authority to modify what has been presented,” he said.

Milestone previously has said the homes will range in price from $135,000 to $190,000. City Planner Chris Bauer told the MAPC the plans call for lots to be at least 70 feet by 100 feet, which is larger than the minimums required by current zoning rules.

“The plat complies with R-2 (zoning) regulations,” he said. “If they really wanted to get every possible house they could on there, they could shrink that, but they chose not to.”

The request was approved 5-2.

The MAPC also approved a use by review request from TradeWind Energy for a wind turbine farm near Breckinridge. The commission previously approved a request contingent upon the go-ahead from Vance Air Force Base.

The Air Force recently said there is “low risk” of a negative impact to operations or radar.

“That’s the equivalent of an approval,” he said. “Since then, TradeWind would like to have the conditional approval removed from their contract.”

The request was approved unanimously.

Commissioners also approved the following agenda items:

• A use by review request for truck repair, parking and storage at 2419 E. Locust.

• A use by review request for a tire shop and light maintenance shop at 1520 E. Broadway.

• Lot split for 5616 S. Andrew.

• A variance from the requirement to build a sidewalk in front of a planned truck stop at 42nd and Garriott.

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