City group studies impact feesState Rep. Guy Liebmann, R-Oklahoma City, said he wants to find middle ground between homebuilders and Oklahoma municipalities on the use of impact fees. Liebmann held an interim study this week to discuss ways to improve the last legislative session’s Senate Bill 805, which would have imposed stricter guidelines on how cities and towns assessed and used impact fees. Such fees are charged to new developments to help pay for their impact on population growth and municipal infrastructure. The interim study also involved Mike Means, executive vice president of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, Oklahoma City Manager Jim Couch and Carolyn Stager, executive director of the Oklahoma Municipal League.
Equestrian designer joins firmKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Populous, a design practice, has added international equestrian designer Todd Gralla of Norman as a principal and director of equestrian services. Gralla and key staff, based in Norman, will provide master planning and design services for domestic and international equestrian and fairgrounds clients. Gralla will focus on both permanent and temporary equestrian sporting venues, racecourses and training venues, horse parks, polo clubs, private and public equestrian centers and private equine ventures. He is the former director of equestrian services and practice leader for Gralla Equestrian Architects in Norman.
Brokers receive honorsSusan Davis Jordan and Robin O’Grady, brokers with Oklahoma City’s NAI Sullivan Group earned national honors from CoStar Group for being "Power Brokers” in 2008 based on leasing and sales. CoStar, an information provider in the commercial real estate industry, and Real Estate Forum, a trade magazine, presented the awards. CoStar tracks data on commercial properties and transactions throughout the U.S., U.K. and France. From staff reports