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Edmond planning commissioners voted 5-0 against a rezoning request that would have allowed personal trainers and the sale of smoothies out of a neighborhood clubhouse. City council members will make a final decision Jan. 14.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: December 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm •  Published: December 8, 2012

A zoning request that would allow for plans to offer personal trainers and the sale of smoothies out of a neighborhood clubhouse to anyone who pays a fee was turned down this week by the Edmond Planning Commission.

Bryan Coon, engineer for Coffee Creek Partners, called the idea a new concept that would allow the developer to build a better clubhouse because users from outside the neighborhood would pay a fee to use the 3,000-square-foot building with fitness area and swimming pool.

“He would be able to build something nice,” Coone said. “He has the options to buy property to the north and to the east. This could serve several areas.”

City Planner Bob Schiermeyer called the concept “unique.” He said the property would have to be rezoned from single family to a planned unit development zoning district to allow for the fee-based recreational use.

The proposed rezoning would be on property east of Coltrane Road, about a half mile north of Coffee Creek Road. Plans call for 31 single family homes.

“This would be a stand-alone business in a neighborhood,” said planning commissioner Mark Hoose.

“This could open the door of other neighborhoods,” said planning commissioner Bill Moyer. “The next one to come is to fix hair. It looks like this is businesses opening in residential areas.”

Before the unanimous no vote on what has been named Centennial II at Iron Horse Ranch, Chairman Barry Moore said, “It is hard to understand this one. It is a stretch.”

The final decision will be made by the city council during a meeting scheduled for Jan. 14.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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