The Norman Transcript


December 2, 2013

Moore general fund to boost water fund deficit



“We did receive with the protest petition with approximately 250 signatures,” Community Development Director Elizabeth Jones said.

Of those signatures, city staff checked addresses, and protests represent 18 percent of the area surrounding the proposed development.

The applicant, Vuong Nguyen, wants to develop vacant land south of Southeast Fourth Street and east of Eastern Avenue. The PUD includes an enhanced entry-way design including a stockade fence with brick columns, brick entry pavers and landscaping.

The site will have numerous trees and shrubs, a gazebo and a playground. Thirty units are proposed for three acres, but because part of the land is in the flood plain, the density is approximately 15 units per acre.

The property is currently zoned commercial, and Nguyen asked for a Moore Vision 20/20 Comprehensive Land Change and zoning change from C-1 office to R-3 high residential. Nguyen currently owns a similar development in Oklahoma City, Western Senior Community LLC.

Morris Engineering, 617 NW 27th St. in Moore, is working on the project.

The planning commission recommended denial in April, but the applicant withdrew and refined plans before reapplying. Amenities were added to meet planning commission concerns, including gardens, more open space and a storm shelter.

A nearby resident, Ken Jarema, said the property is not flat and slopes toward his back yard.

“With all the drainage of this property — the drainage of the roofs, the drainage of the cement — something is going to flood,” Jarema said.

He said there is already flooding in the area, and a nearby creek often can’t handle all the water in heavy rains.

Jarema also expressed concerns about mud running into his yard during the construction phase, as well as an overtaxed aging sewer system once the senior apartments are filled.

“The sewers in the area right now are old,” he said. “We’ve had the city come out several times to unplug the drains. I know they would have to tap into the sewer system to feed that.”

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