EDMOND — Redbud Canyon homeowners say they are opposed to a proposed 193-lot housing addition near their properties.
Edmond planners this week delayed a vote on the preliminary plat until the developer holds a meeting with the property owners.
Plans for the new housing addition, to be called Thunder Canyon, will be heard by planning commissioners March 5 after a community connection meeting is held between the developer and property owners in Redbud Canyon and along Covell Road.
No date for the community connection meeting has been scheduled.
Thunder Canyon is to be located near Covell Road and Midwest Boulevard. Dodson Properties 2 LLC is the developer.
Property owners said they don't like the density of the proposed development, which will be divided into two sections with the floodplain running down the middle and a bridge running from one side to the other.
“The density is four-to-one,” said homeowner Bill Wade. “I am worried I can't sell my house for what I have in it. The most dense part abuts to Redbud Canyon.”
Homeowner Karen Greer said, “The density of the Thunder Canyon development will create a large percentage of impermeable surface, that is, streets, driveways and rooftops, and will adversely impact Redbud Canyon's access to well water.”
She said the rainfall that would recharge the groundwater supply would become runoff and be carried away by the city sewage and drainage systems if the proposed homes are built.
“Many Redbud Canyon residents have already had to drill a second well,” Greer said. “The Thunder Canyon development will make this bad situation even worse.”
Homeowner Shelly Thomas Tipps suggested that a study of drainage issues be completed.
Other property owners were concerned about an emergency exit road on the northeast portion of the property and near the homes on Covell Road.
“There are a lot of questions,” said planning Chairman Barry Moore, who suggested the community connection meeting.
Dwight Butler, with Anchor Engineering and representing Dodson Properties and Aaron Dodson, agreed to have the meeting. Butler said he wasn't aware of any opposition to the plans until the planning commission meeting, where more than 30 people against the proposed development turned out.
“I am happy to meet with anybody,” Butler said.