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June 16, 2014

Landowner opening 160 acres near Enid

ENID, Okla. — An Edmond man is opening up 160 acres of land near Enid for housing development.

Noble Thomas, who grew up in Enid, is selling a plot of his family’s land at the southwest corner of Garland and Lake Hellums Road.

In tonight’s Metropolitan Area Planning Commission meeting, Thomas has a chance to divide the land into 15 lots, each about 10 acres in size. The estate-style plots will be served by private water wells, septic systems and private roads. It will be known as the Autumn Orchard subdivision.

Thomas will not build the homes, however.

The land has been in his family since before he was born.

“It’s kind of sad to part with it, actually,” he said Monday.

Most of the plots already are listed for sale. For the land to be divided, the plan also must be approved by Garfield County commissioners.

MAPC commissioners also will consider recommending rezoning of  20 acres north of Drummond for an oil field and fabrication shop. The developer has submitted a site plan, and, if approved by the county in a later meeting, the land will switch from agricultural to industrially zoned.

Another zoning request would keep a parcel of land within the zoning category. In the 500 block of North 54th, a company wants to install a truck and material yard. It will be served by a 20-inch water main and 12-inch sewer.

The city of Enid will have to give final approval of the rezoning.

MAPC has scheduled a vote on creating an industrial zone in the 4800 block of East Willow for a truck terminal yard. The lot will be surrounded on three sides by other industrial lots and on the north by an agricultural zone.

A lot split for KB Enid Investments LLC will be considered at tonight’s meeting, which is at the city administration building, 401 W. Garriott. The lot is at 602 W. Cherokee. It is zoned for commercial use but was developed as residences.

City Planner Chris Bauer is recommending the lot split.

Commissioners will hear an appeal from a developer who is requesting legal status of a “Lowes Drive.” Bauer urges the MAPC to decline the appeal because it does not meet several requirements for a variance, he wrote.

The same developer also is requesting a replat of a lot in the Bobsfarm 8th Addition.

The MAPC meeting convenes at 6 p.m.

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