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November 26, 2013

Development patterns favor modern trends

NORMAN — Land use and shared space continue to be at the top of Norman’s routine business as the city works to find funding for infrastructure and core services.

On Tuesday, land use changes were simple and straightforward — mixed use, infill and a slightly higher density in property near campus. The Norman City Council approved those requests without debate, but trends in development and the continual demand for housing in Norman remain evident.

At Classen Boulevard and Boyd Street, the applicant requested a zoning change to C-2 General Commercial, with special used for a mixed building on the site adjacent to the existing gas station.

This zoning will allow an infill project incorporating retail and housing on an adjacent vacant lot. A mixed use addition on a similar lot already was approved and built on the west side of the existing convenience store.

Now, the applicant wants to build a similar expansion unit on the east side, according to city staff reports.

The addition would have about 800 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, with an efficiency style apartment of about 800 square feet on the upper floor. The council voted unanimously in favor of the zoning change.

At 1418 George Ave., the property owner requested a zoning change to allow construction of a single-story addition to an existing home to create a duplex. The council had previously approved a duplex next door at the corner of George and Stinson streets.

The new unit will have a separate driveway entrance, according to staff reports. The same architect designed both George Avenue duplexes. The measure was unanimously approved.

A request for an amendment in the PUD of the 36th North Business Park on the east side of 36th Avenue Northwest a half-mile north of West Rock Creek Road also included the possibility of mixed use.

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