“As for the Hanson family, I had never even heard of them prior to this item before the council and have no financial or personal interest in their project.”
Ted Petty told The Oklahoman in an email Tuesday, “All but one council member exhibit the attributes of the Pharisees of long ago. They'll approve projects without regard to the city's master plan. They ignore the residents for capitalism to reign.”
Neighbors also were upset because the planning commission denied Hanson's requests but the city council voted for approval.
The planning commissioners are appointed and make recommendations to council members. The council makes the final decision.
Neighbors also are upset about the increased traffic on Oak Ridge Drive, which they say is not built to city code, and because the property will be rented. The developer said the units would rent for $1,500 to $2,000.
McKinnis said the developer had made modifications to his plan in an effort to answer the neighbors' concerns. They included curbs and gutters along the property on Oak Ridge, a wider turn lane and installing a fence along the property.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner cast the lone no vote to change the city zoning plan.