The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 7, 2013

We compliment developer’s compromise to ‘Bridge’ gap


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — To discourage litigation, Abraham Lincoln believed in persuading neighbors to compromise.

A developer from Waukomis recently took a page from this playbook. Through the zoning process, he compromised to overcome concerns of neighborhood residents in northwest Enid.

Before the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, residents in the Rolling Oaks, Quailwood and surrounding neighborhoods opposed Gene Anderson’s planned multi-zoned Stonebridge Village project.

Anderson’s initial plan of an apartment complex north of Chestnut Avenue along Cleveland Street included single-family homes that would abut less-dense houses on Quailwood. That would have meant an average of six units per acre across the entire 61-acre Planned Unit Development.

Without a clear majority, the plan moved to the Enid City Commission without a recommendation.

That’s where things got more interesting.

In a revised plan presented by city staff, Anderson agreed to remove almost 90 homes and install what likely will be a city park along the north side of his development. Fortunately, the commission unanimously adopted the modified plan Tuesday night.

Essentially, Anderson made concessions and agreed to place a buffer zone between his development and the existing homes in Rolling Oaks and Quailwood.

It appears the stakeholders reached a consensus. His revised plan earned praise from several neighbors who spoke against Stonebridge last month.

“There are some details that need to be worked out, but this is exciting for Enid,” Rolling Oaks Homeowners Association President Greg Hodgen said.

It is exciting. After all, it’s not healthy to have major undeveloped areas in the middle of the city.

This will help address the housing crunch, but Enid still lacks enough housing of all types. We eagerly await the results of the Enid Regional Development Alliance’s Housing Study on Thursday.