The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 16, 2012

MAPC to discuss land at Cleveland, Chestnut

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — An agenda item that had residents from the Rolling Hills and Quailwood additions up in arms at a recent meeting will again be considered during the regular Metropolitan Area Planning Commission meeting at 6 tonight in the City Commission meeting room.

Items to be considered are a land use amendment for property at the northwest corner of Cleveland and Chestnut.

Residents showed up to a previous meeting to protest a plan to build a housing and business district at the corner of Chestnut and Cleveland. After much discussion, the issue was tabled for all sides to gather and discuss their problems. The application requested a change in the land use from low-intensity residential to medium-intensity residential.

A proposed planned unit development also was discussed involving land that currently is pasture. The development would include about 30 acres of multi-family housing/apartments and senior living at the northeast corner of the development, and also would allow for construction of single-family dwellings.

Residents were upset over a proposed lake in the area, fearing it would result in flooding in their nearby neighborhoods. Others were upset about proposed 350-resident senior-living apartments.

Attorney Mike Bigheart represented Rolling Hills Homeowners Association. He said the plan calls for a change in the comprehensive plan, and homeowners want to make sure the development is done in a proper manner. He urged MAPC to table the issue and work out details with homeowners or they would fight the development all the way.

Greg Hodgen, president of Rolling Hills Homeowners Association, said residents were excited to hear about the development, but had concerns about the water retention and the change in the comprehensive plan that would increase the population density allowed in the area.

“Cleveland is at capacity now,” Hodgen said. “Between about 7:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. and about 4:40 p.m., the traffic is backed up. Safety should be at the top of the list.”

He asked for the issue to be tabled to allow for discussion among the homeowners, the city and the developer.

The item was tabled at the meeting and will be discussed again tonight.

Other items on the agenda include a rezoning request for the same property from R-2 residential to C-2 planned business district. Part of the original plan was to place a neighborhood shopping area as part of the development.

Another item on the agenda is consideration of a site development plan at 501 Kenwood for parking at a bed and breakfast located at 518 W. Pine.

Members of the MAPC also will discuss a lot split request for a tract at 2415 S. Garland.

Another item concerns a request to close a portion of 4th south of Garriott. A request to redevelop lots 1-12 in Block 2 of Southern Heights has been submitted.

County interest involves property outside the city limits, but still within the three-mile radius of the city limits for MAPC jurisdiction. The property is located on the north side of Rupe, one half mile west of Boomer. It is zoned agricultural. There is no public water or sewer available in the area. The proposed seven acres is more than the minimum five acres recommended lot size for a lot split.

The MAPC study session begins at 5:30 p.m., when commissioners discuss any items of concern on the agenda.