Edmond neighbors oppose various developments

Edmond planning commissioners will consider three controversial, unrelated developments when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Neighbors are expected to be at the meeting to speak against the projects.
by Diana Baldwin Published: December 1, 2012
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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.”

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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