Request to rezone area is denied
A request to rezone a 10-acre track of land near Danforth and Coltrane roads for a two-story independent and assisted living retirement project was turned down this week by the planning commission.
The rezoning application will go before the city council June 23 for a final decision on the project that was opposed by nearby neighbors.
Homeowners were concerned the building did not blend with the neighborhood.
They were concerned about the 25-foot buffer that the developer, TCG Development, of Fort Worth, Texas, agreed to increase to 35 feet. They also questioned the amount of traffic and the type of fence planned for the development.
“We are concerned about the density,” said Joe Brown, 2305 Faircloud Lane.
Randel Shadid, attorney for the developer, told the 24 homeowners, who opposed the project, that an L-shaped shopping center could be built on the property without rezoning approval.
“The traffic will be there no matter what,” Shadid said.
Commission members Mark Hoose, Rob Rainey and Bill Moyer and Chairman Barry Moore voted against the rezoning. Hoose, Rainey and Moyer also voted against changing the city’s zoning plan to make way for the development.
Commission member Kenneth Wohl voted for both applications.
Outdoor watering restrictions set
A mandatory outdoor water conservation program that restricts lawn watering in Edmond is in effect.
Edmond’s daily water use is typically 10 million to 11 million gallons per day. The amount climbs to 23 million gallons during summer peak days.
People whose street addresses end in an odd number can water on odd-numbered days of the month. Residents whose street addresses end in an even number can only water on days of the month that end in an even number.
The odd-even watering plan is the first step of a five-step conservation plan that will be implemented if the water situation worsens.
“People don’t need to water more than every other day,” said Kris Neifing, city’s water resources superintendent. “It is good practice.”
is set to open
In 1926, local entrepreneur Crawford Spearman made the first hole-in-one in Edmond just three years after the creation of Edmond Golf Club, the city’s first course, which opened in April 1923.
The nine-hole course had sand greens and was on land owned by Matt Reynolds, between Ninth and 15th streets and between Boulevard and Broadway.
Today there are multiple public and private courses where Edmond residents can tee off any time. Edmond’s Oak Tree National will be the home of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship July 7-13.
An exhibit, “Fore — Looking Back at Golf in Edmond,” will open with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum, 431 S Boulevard. Tickets to the senior open championship tournament will be given away at the reception.
The exhibit will run through Sept. 27.
It’s a fact
Edmond Electric is Oklahoma’s largest community-owned electric utility. Edmond Electric has served the Edmond community since 1908. As a publicly owned power company and a city department, Edmond Electric returns profits to the community annually. Their profits support city services such as police, fire, street and parks. Because of Edmond Electric’s support, Edmond maintains a high quality of living yet has one of the lower sales tax rate in the state. Edmond Electric provides a 99.9 percent reliability rating.
Edmond City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 20 S Littler Ave.
Arcadia Lake Fishing Derby, for children 5 to 15, at Spring Creek Park, register at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, fishing at 8 a.m.. Final weigh-in at 11 a.m., free event.
Reader Carolyn Leonard asked: I have a concern about parking at the Edmond Museum and Stephenson Park. The building is formerly the armory built in 1936 by WPA and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is a big plus for a city like Edmond to have such a fine, well ordered historical collection and knowledgeable docents — but parking for visitors is an issue. I am wondering if the planned, proposed additional parking on the north side of the park is on schedule for 2014? Or if not, if the parking in front of the museum could be designated for visitors to the building?
Assistant City Manager Steve Commons answered: No new parking plans or changes are planned in 2014. I expect that there might be some comments in the upcoming release of the Downtown Master Plan about the need for additional parking. I know we are looking for opportunities in this area for additional parking to support activities in the area of Stephenson Park.
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