The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

Government

February 19, 2014

After hearing concerns, Moore City Council unanimously denies zoning change request

Moore — Residents protesting a requested zoning change to allow apartments to be built in an area devastated by the May 20 tornado filled Moore City Hall on Tuesday night, then applauded when the Moore City Council denied the zoning change request unanimously.

Gene Methvin of BAM Investments asked for the zoning change for property south of Southeast Fourth Street and west of Eastern Avenue to build an apartment complex with 182 units, resulting in 20 dwelling units per acre.

The city council had postponed the rezoning application at the Feb. 3 council meeting at the applicant’s request. Protesters at that meeting said they do not want the apartments next to the existing, single-family neighborhoods.

That sentiment was echoed again Tuesday night, despite Methvin hosting a meeting with neighbors in the intervening days in an attempt to resolve conflicts.

“I’m asking that you treat this like it was in your backyard,” said Mark Sherman, one of 11 residents who spoke against the zoning change.

Community Development Director Elizabeth Jones said 144 people signed a protest against the zoning change.

“We don’t want these apartments,” said Yvonne Smith, who lives around the corner from Sherman.

Residents expressed concerns about crime, noise and traffic.

Ingrid Mills said she is a transplant from Palmdale, Calif.

“What happened in California is as soon as apartments were built, people started moving in,” Mills said. “When the apartments come, it brings a lot of people.”

Mills said Palmdale was a community similar to Moore and experienced numerous problems as a result of multi-family housing. She also fears Moore will be a thoroughfare for drug lords passing through on the way to Colorado.

Jones said the north portion of the property in question was rezoned as C-3 with a Permissive Use for mini-storage in 2011. The south portion of the property was zoned C-2 and platted as the Eastridge Commercial Park in 1986. Both tracts are vacant.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Government
  • Congressman Cole reflects on recovery

    Congressman Tom Cole’s home in Moore was not hit by the May 20 tornado but it came pretty close. His wife has made it clear she wants a saferoom, he said. In a visit to the Transcript on Friday afternoon, Cole talked about tornado ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board grants Norman low-interest loan for facility upgrade

    Norman has been authorized for a $50.3 million loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to fund Phase 2 of the Norman Water Reclamation Facility upgrade. “It’s the single largest loan OWRB has made,” Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said. ...

    April 17, 2014

  • General fund continues to decline as expenses exceed anticipated revenues

    Norman’s expenses will again outstrip projected revenue in the current budget before the city council. The budget for the fiscal year that starts in July and ends June 30, 2015, projects $210,982,020 in total revenues and $213,436,778 in ...

    April 16, 2014

  • County hears presentation on employment opportunities

    The Cleveland County Board of Commissioners listened to a presentation Monday to consider partnering with a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for prison inmates re-entering the community. Patrick Viklund, Center for ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Drilling operation shows policy gap

    While Norman residents are being encouraged to use rain barrels, a Texas oil and gas company is pumping thousands of gallons of treated drinking water into the ground. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission controls permits for drilling, ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Filings finished

    In addition to Ward 2 Norman City Council candidates Clint Williams and Aliesha Karjala several federal, state and county officials will be on the June 24 ballots. Filing for offices that serve Cleveland County residents are: · ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Fracking review online

    The Oklahoma Hydraulic Fracturing State Review is available on the Corporation Commission’s website, occeweb.com. Completed in 2011 by a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization, State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Candidates file for state and federal positions Thursday

    New filings on Thursday include: ; ...

    April 11, 2014

  • City briefs

    Egg hunt today  Norman’s Easter Egg Hunt will be today at Andrews Park. Activities — including moon bounces, games, giveaways and Easter Bunny photos (bring your own camera) — will start at 5:30 p.m....

    April 11, 2014

  • Norman residents among those seeking to run for county, state offices in first day of filing

    Filing for county and state offices started Wednesday and continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday. A handful of Democrats and a trickle of Independents vye with a field heavy-laden with Republican candidates. There are few ...

    April 10, 2014