Edmond neighbors protest proposed construction of 337 homes

Neighbors are opposed to homes being built near the Hidden Lakes housing addition. Edmond Planning Commission members approved the preliminary plat despite the opposition.
by Diana Baldwin Published: July 18, 2013
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Residents of Hidden Lakes housing addition, where some homes are valued at more than $700,000, don't want 337 smaller homes built next door to them.

Edmond Planning Commissioners approved the preliminary plat this week for Covell Valley housing addition despite the homeowners' protests.

Barbara McCune, 6607 Forrest Creek Dr., asked developer Aaron Dodson, of Dodson Custom Homes, to increase the lot sizes. McCune said she is concerned about the overall density of the proposed Covell Valley, to be on the south side of Covell Road and just east of Air Depot Boulevard.

Dodson is planning to build on 169 acres with lot sizes ranging from 7,200 square feet to 20,000 square feet. The homes will range from 1,600 square feet to 2,200 square feet. Dodson estimates the average sale price for his homes would be $285,000.

Homes in Hidden Lakes are 3,500 square feet and larger.

More than 25 people attended the planning commission meeting in opposition to the development, also expressing concern about drainage and management of water runoff. One man didn't want children from the new development to play in the neighborhood park.

Six detention ponds are included on the plans, which include 44 acres that are in the flood plain area.

McCune reminded the commissioners that during a 2010 flood, Midwest Boulevard and Air Depot were under water.

“That is a lot of water,” she said.

Randel Shadid, attorney for the developer, said, “We will follow the code and requirements on detention.”

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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