Norman council adopts plan that promotes trail system

The Norman City Council has adopted a Greenways Master Plan that promotes open space and a citywide trail system. The plan is intended as a guide for future development and has no regulatory authority.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: August 31, 2012 at 11:53 pm •  Published: August 30, 2012

A Greenways Master Plan adopted by the city council advocates open space and promotes a trail system that links Norman but has no regulatory authority, officials say.

“It's meant only as a guide for future development. It doesn't require any property owner to give up land. Nothing is mandatory,” Assistant City Attorney Kathryn Walker said.

In an 8-1 vote Tuesday, the council passed a resolution on the plan but specifies that no one would be required to donate property.

Councilman Dave Spaulding voted against it.

“I realize it is voluntary, but voluntary has a way of becoming regulatory,” he said.

Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said she supports the plan, because an effective trail system is “what sets great communities apart.”

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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