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High-density ordinance on hold in Norman until 'vision' can be assessed

Norman City Council members have agreed to set aside work on an ordinance setting guidelines for high-density developments to conduct a more far-reaching study on what Campus Corner and downtown should look like.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: June 28, 2013 at 10:10 pm •  Published: June 27, 2013
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— City council members say work on an ordinance setting guidelines for high-density developments will be put on hold until a “vision” study is completed of Campus Corner, downtown and the corridor that connects them.

The council was set Tuesday to consider a request for a change in land use and rezoning on Campus Corner to allow for a high-density project, but the requests were withdrawn by developers earlier in the day.

The withdrawal came on the heels of an announcement from officials with the Norman Economic Development Coalition that they were placing “on hold” plans to sell property at 710 Asp Ave. to Mark Risser and the B3 Development Group. The purchase of the site was a key element in plans to build a high-rise apartment building at Asp and Buchanan Street.

Norman Economic Development Coalition board members issued a statement that the sale was being delayed “until a well defined vision and comprehensive plan have been developed for the Campus Corner and downtown Norman areas.”

Mayor Cindy Rosenthal lauded the coalition's decision “to embrace an envisioning process” for what residents want Campus Corner and downtown Norman to look like.

University of Oklahoma President David Boren pledged support for the study through OU's Institute for Quality Communities.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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I am in strong agreement with the action taken by the NEDC to encourage a more comprehensive approach to the issue of high-density housing by having a study made of the core corridor area from Campus Corner to Main Street.”

David Boren,
University of Oklahoma president

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