EDMOND — Nearby residents continue to rally against the preliminary plat of Thunder Canyon, a proposed development of 193 lots on 140 acres that will go before the planning commission Tuesday.
The new housing addition, proposed by Dodson Properties 2, is planned to be built south of Covell Road and east of Midwest Boulevard. The planning commission meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at 20 S Littler Ave.
About 40 nearby residents, living in Red Canyon and along Covell Road, spent about an hour with the developer during a March 7 community connection meeting in hopes of getting their questions answered.
One of the biggest concerns is density, because of the number of houses. Developer Aaron Dodson said he is proposing the average lot at 10,000 square feet, while the property is zoned to allow 6,000-square-foot lots.
The homes will be a minimum of 2,000 square feet and will have city water and sewer. The houses will be brick with rock accents and no siding. There will be walking trails and a pool house.
Some residents said they were concerned over changing the heavily wooded area and disturbing the wildlife. Dodson promised to preserve as many trees as possible. He said trees are an important part of his projects and a selling point for the neighborhood.
Others had questions about the project disturbing the water table in the area since most of the area east of Interstate 35 is on water wells.
This is the second time the preliminary plat has appeared on a planning commission agenda. Planning commissioners delayed the first vote so the developer and property owners could meet and discuss what is proposed for the property.
After the planning commission's vote Tuesday, city council members will make a final decision.