EDMOND — There will be no Durant Drive, Rumble Lane, Westbrook Pass or Collison Court in Thunder Canyon, Edmond's new housing development on the east side of the city.
The project with 188 lots near Covell Road and Midwest Boulevard will not have any ties to Oklahoma City's professional basketball team.
The 140-acre preliminary plat went before the city council this week with streets named for players, owners and the executive manager.
The names on the approved plat are going to change, because basketball officials said it isn't going to happen.
“I had to promise the lawyers we would not use the Thunder players' names,” said Randel Shadid, attorney for the developer, Dodson Properties 2.
His comment made some people smile, even some of those who attended the meeting to oppose the controversial development.
Nearby neighbors aren't smiling about the new housing addition.
Redbud Canyon housing addition is located to the east of the proposed development. The city's Coffee Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is to the south. The land to the west is undeveloped. A row of houses facing Covell Road is to the north.
One of the opponents' major concerns is the density of homes to be built on the 140 aces.
Thunder Canyon will be served with city water and sewer, which allows for more houses than can be built on acreages with water wells and septic tanks, said Councilwoman Victoria Caldwell.
Another concern is a proposed two-lane road, leaving the addition to the north to Covell Road, which would run close to two homes — one facing Covell Road and another in Redbud Canyon.
“The road will be 37 feet from the edge of my home,” said Alan Franklin, 7712 E Covell Road.
Council members debated whether the proposed road would be an exit for all traffic, an emergency exit or allow for egress and ingress. They voted that the road would be used only as an egress.
“I don't like only one way out of a development this size,” Councilman Darrell Davis said.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner said she wanted an emergency exit only, a request of the opponents. She was the only council member to vote against the preliminary plat.
More details about the road will be discussed when council members review the final plat, Mayor Charles Lamb said.
Homeowners wanted a masonry fence along the proposed road, but the council did not include the fence in its motion. The developer agreed to build a stockade fence.
The development is divided by a floodplain that will need a bridge to connect the east and west sections.
Council members made it a requirement that the developer can't get building permits on the east side until the bridge is completed, a request of the opponents.