Public forum on high-density developments will be Monday in Norman

A discussion series on high-density developments will continue in Norman with a public forum.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm •  Published: July 7, 2012

City officials will continue a discussion series on high-density developments with a public forum Monday night.

The forum will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Norman High School Conference Center, 911 W Main St. Parking is available on the east side of Berry Road.

The meeting is the third in a series on the increased demand in Norman for high-rise, high-density housing not currently allowed by planning code.

Planning Director Susan Connors said Monday's topic will be height restrictions or requirements and what kind of mixed use should or would go with such developments.

Connors said the discussions began because developers have been submitting applications for multifamily developments with as many as 100 dwelling units per acre, most of them around the University of Oklahoma campus and all well above Norman's current limit of 26 units per acre. Norman's 2025 Land Use and Transportation Plan does not address the issue, Connors said.

The public discussion Monday will include an opening presentation about the evening's topic followed by small-group, breakout sessions.

Information and feedback gained from participants will be used to guide city officials in planning policy decisions on high-density developments, Connors said.

Other sessions are planned for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 26 and Aug. 13 at Norman High School and a wrap-up session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at City Hall, 201 W Gray St.


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