EDMOND — Neighbors oppose three unrelated projects proposed in Edmond.
Protesters are expected to pack the Edmond Planning Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 20 S Littler Ave.
Nearby property owners who don't want a Walmart Neighborhood Market on the northwest corner of Coffee Creek Road and Kelly Avenue are expected to speak against a specific use permit and a site plan.
Nearly 100 homeowners in Arbor Creek housing addition are against rezoning property near Saints Boulevard and Second Street from commercial to multifamily to make the way for 285 apartments on 22.59 acres.
The third controversial agenda item is a proposal for property near Broadway and Covell Road to be rezoned from single family to a planned unit development zoning district for an office with attached residential.
Community connection meetings held with developers and surrounding property owners have drawn large crowds of people who want to learn what is planned for their neighborhoods.
Planning commissioners will make a recommendation to city council members, who have the final say.
Walmart Neighborhood Market
The 41,179-square-foot building is proposed on 5.52 acres at Coffee Creek Road and Kelly Avenue.
Nearby homeowners are concerned about traffic in the area, the safety of their children and thefts that might be associated with Walmart, said Jan Ramseyer Fees, an Edmond city planner.
The parcel of land is zoned for commercial, but it doesn't allow a grocery store. A special permit would allow Walmart to open the store despite the zoning restriction.
“We think the property should be used as originally planned and designed to fit into a very nice part of the city,” Dan and Cindy Hunt, residents of Hunters Creek housing addition, emailed to city leaders. “A big box store would not fit in with these particular neighborhoods. The homes surrounding this location range from $300,000 to over $1 million in value.”
The Hunts also mentioned the lighting, noise level and a possible drainage problem as a result of the market.
Homeowners in the Arbor Creek housing addition have signed petitions against rezoning property from commercial to multifamily to allow the building of apartments by Summit Property Development.
Arbor Creek is north of Second Street and south of Danforth Road along Saints Boulevard, just east of Interstate 35.
“People understood the zoning was commercial,” said Matt Burns, Arbor Creek homeowner. “If we knew it would change, we could have made a different decision when we bought our homes.”
Burns said he had been told there were medical officer planned on the property.
“We built our dream home in reliance upon the city's willingness to uphold the zoning as written, by changing it, they damage all Arbor Creek property owners by effectively devaluing the land, while benefiting only Summit,” Jay and Judy Smith, Arbor Creek residents, wrote city planner Bob Schiermeyer in an email. “This is poor policy.”
There are 163 homes and 78 townhomes in the Arbor Creek housing addition.
Mon Abri duplexes and offices
Ron and Ryan Walters, with R.W. Development, are asking to rezone property on the southeast corner of Covell Road and Broadway from single family to a planned unit development zoning district.
They want to construct no more than four office buildings and 87 duplexes that will cater to people 55 and older.
Schiermeyer said the residential buildings will be one story with garages.