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Developer will ask Norman City Council for high-density district

A Manhattan, Kan., developer wants the Norman City Council to consider establishing a special planning district near Campus Corner so he can proceed with plans to file a rezoning application for a high-rise apartment complex.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: October 23, 2012

High-density developments featuring high-rise apartments combined with retail establishments are becoming more common across the United States, said Susan Connors, Norman's planning director.

Because of this — and because Norman's current zoning regulations don't address this type of development — the city sponsored a series of public discussions in June to gauge sentiment toward high-density developments.

The general consensus was that most residents opposed them or wanted strict regulations imposed, including limiting the height of buildings and setting design standards.

Connors said guidelines for this type of district have not been set.

In other business Tuesday, the council will consider setting a 6 p.m. start time for meetings, instead of the current 6:30 p.m. time.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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