The Norman Transcript


June 4, 2013

Questions remain about high-density

NORMAN — Norman residents questioned differences between the high-density dialogue series and a proposed draft ordinance under discussion Monday night at city hall.

Public comment indicated that changes included special protection in areas of Norman, a height limit on buildings and the language used in the draft talking about the location of high-density uses.

“What I see here and in this draft is that it’s really not what the citizens wanted, it’s not what was said in those six meetings this past summer,” said a citizen who lives on the 500 block of Tulsa Street.

Susan Connors, director of planning and community development who was moderating Monday, said the ordinance draft has evolved since the summer through the process of input from questions asked of staff, research that the staff has done, input from the public and elements that the city council — working as the Community Planning and Transportation Committee — has amended and changed over time.

When Norman resident Steve Ellis asked why those amendments were made, Connors said she could not answer for the committee.

According to the draft, as of May 16, there would potentially be three HDR zones.

· HDR-1 limits building height to three stories, or 45 feet, with maximum density of 40 dwelling units per acre.

· HDR-2 limits building height to four stories, or 55 feet, with maximum density of 75 dwelling units per acre.

· HDR-3 sets no limits on building height or maximum density of dwelling units per acre.

During the summer dialogues, residents said they talked about wanting a height limit and now there is a zone with unlimited height. Also, residents questioned the language used in the draft about the location of each of the HDRs. Listed below are the location of high-density uses for each of the zones:

· HDR-1 zones must be located on an arterial or collector street.

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