By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — The Norman City Council is going to school.
For the past several months, the Norman School Board met at city hall while the new administration building on Flood Avenue was constructed. Now, Norman Public Schools is returning the favor.
The Norman City Council will meet at the new NPS Administrative Services Building, 131 S. Flood Ave., tonight and again Feb. 25. Currently, the city council chambers and the study session room are closed for construction while new audio and visual equipment is installed.
This will affect the ability to televise city council meetings.
The city council meeting will be televised Wednesday on Channel 20 following the meeting but will not stream that night. The special session will not be televised because it is a closed-door executive session to discuss agreements with employee groups.
Most other city committees will meet in the multi-purpose room at the Norman Municipal Complex, 201 W. Gray St. The planning commission will meet in Building A, Conference Room D.
Tonight, the city council will consider entering a contract with the University of Oklahoma and the National Charrette Institute for $200,000 for the “facilitation of a public design charrette and creation of a master plan and zoning code with building form standards for the center city visioning project area,” according to staff reports.
The city’s share of the contract will be $100,000, if approved by the council. The city approved a memorandum of understanding with OU on Jan. 14. The agreement outlines a partnership to create a Center City Master Plan and Vision Project, which could lay the groundwork for a rejuvenation of a portion of core Norman.
The master plan will cover a 42-block area between Campus Corner and downtown Norman.
Gray Street is the north boundary of the project area, with railroad tracks forming the east boundary, Boyd on the south and Park Avenue and Flood Avenue on the west.
Among other issues, the charrette, or collaborative design proposal, will consider the best use for the area, including the possibility of increasing the level of high density housing allowed in that part of Norman.
The planning and code creation is expected to take about seven months.
On the more immediate zoning radar is a request for special use for a bed and breakfast in a single-family district in Hardie Rucker Addition at 1405 McKinely Ave. The item is on the consent agenda for first reading, which means it will not be discussed tonight.
The first reading allows interested parties to research the item before it appears on the next council agenda — Feb. 25 — for final reading.
Also on first reading is a request by Bright Start Early Education Center for a special use to build a private school and child care center at 2795 Broce Drive.
In other city business, the council will formally accept $43,412 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $6,980 for the state for tornado-related damage during May.
On Wednesday, the City Council Oversight Committee will discuss the possiblity of registering vacant or abandoned properties. Also under discussion will be an ordinance that limits single-family residences to no more than three unrelated persons living in a home.
Council member Robert Castleberry said the ordinance makes it difficult to rent four-bedroom homes in Norman.
On Thursday, the planning commission will hear from Landmark Land LLC regarding rezoning to allow development of the Montoro Ridge Addition at Tecumseh Road and 12th Avenue Northeast. The PUD would include 67 large residential lots, according to city staff notes.
At 213 E. Tonhawa St., the Nicholoas Robert Corporation is asking the planning commission to consider a zoning change.
According to city staff notes, the applicant wants to build a three-story townhouse with three dwelling units on the vacant site. The proposal includes a parking lot with 12 spaces.
Also under consideration will be an infill project that would redevelop a defunct car wash at 750 Imhoff Road, just west of Chautauqua Avenue into apartments.
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