The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 27, 2013

Chicken, temp housing top MAPC agenda

By James Neal, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A site plan for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant and an ordinance permitting construction of temporary workforce housing will be considered by the Enid-Garfield County Metropolitan Area Planning Commission in its regular meeting tonight.

A site plan filed with the city of Enid will be considered for construction of a new Chick-fil-A restaurant at the southeast corner of Carson Road and West Garriott.

The proposed location is located north of Dillard’s at Oakwood Mall and is zoned C-3 general commercial district.

The site plan, prepared and submitted by Burger Engineering of Dallas, specifies a 4,700-square-foot, 162-seat restaurant on almost 1.7 acres of land with 60 parking spaces.

The MAPC agenda does not include discussion of plans for the current Chick-fil-A location inside Oakwood Mall.

Connie Sturgeon-Hart, franchise owner for the Oakwood Mall Chick-fil-A, was not available for comment Friday.

Jason Bost, vice president of asset management for Oakwood Mall’s parent company, J Herzog & Sons, deferred any comment on plans for the existing Chick-fil-A location to the Chick-fil-A corporate office.

A call to the Chick-fil-A corporate office was not immediately returned Friday afternoon.

Also tonight, MAPC commissioners will consider amending the city municipal code to allow temporary industrial workforce housing parks to be constructed within I-1, I-2 and I-3 industrial zones.

According the MAPC agenda, the proposed change “addresses the need for temporary housing for a temporary labor force for the Mississippi oil play.”

The proposed code change defines temporary industrial workforce housing as “temporary manufactured housing units with dormitories, laundry facilities, recreation halls, commercial kitchens and dining facilities to support a temporary labor force.”

The proposed amendment requires any temporary housing facility to file a drainage report with “provisions for the adequate disposition of natural storm water” through connections to existing drainage systems and on-site stormwater detention systems.

Enid assistant city planner Karla Ruther said the proposed code amendment is not linked to any specific proposed temporary workforce housing development.

She said the community development office has been considering the amendment for some time as a possible solution to needed housing for workers in the oil and gas industry.

Ruther said the amendment was drafted after discussions with city planners in Williston, N.D., where they’ve enacted a similar code change to accommodate workers in the Bakken oil play.

The city has had several inquiries from developers interested in developing industrial workforce housing units, but Ruther said the proposed code change originated from city planning and was not requested by a developer or business.

The commission will meet in its study session at 5:30 p.m., followed by its regular meeting at 6 p.m., both in the lower-level conference room of the city administration building at 401 W. Garriott.