EDMOND — Residents of Thornbrooke housing additions don't have a problem with construction of 85 new homes on 39.16 acres near their properties. Their concern is that the developers will put a commercial business or offices on 4.2 acres of land that was not part of the final plat before the city council this week.
Randel Shadid, attorney for Thornbrooke Development, said the developers do not know what they are going to build on 4.2 acres at Bryant Avenue and Thornbrooke Boulevard.
The 4.2 acres is zoned for single-family homes. Property owners said they were told when they bought their property that there would only be homes around theirs.
More than 15 people who are against the final plat attended the first council meeting of 2013. Several told council members they thought the developer would come back and try to get the 4.2 acres zoned commercial or light office.
“To tell us they do not know is not acceptable,” said Roger Williams, a Thornebrook Village homeowner. “This is a way to get around the zoning process.”
Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner suggested the developer redraw the plat and include a stub street that would lead to the 4.2 acres in hopes of giving the property owners an assurance the 4.2 acres would always remain single family.
The final plat with the amended stub street was approved by a vote of 4-1. Mayor Charles Lamb voted no and said without a survey he did not know if the stub street was the best option.
“As I sit here, I do not have enough information,” Lamb said.
Planning commissioners with a vote of 3-2 recommended approving the final plat.
Shadid agreed to the amendment. “The stub-out gives the developer the ability to start,” he said.
“Anyway we go tonight, we will be back,” said Councilman Darrell Davis.