The Norman Transcript


November 26, 2013

Development patterns favor modern trends



The preliminary plat consists of 20.5 acres, which has been proposed as a multiple-use business park.

“The only change in this application is in the PUD narrative,” said Tom McCaleb, representing the applicant.

Residential components of the PUD are unchanged. The PUD amendment will allow a commercial component to the bottom floor that only affects industrial or commercial properties on the east side of the plat. This development will consist of a Mixed-Use PUD — office, commercial and residential uses could be included.

The west seven acres of the development will continue to be limited to buildings of no greater than two stories, and commercial uses will be restricted to the ground floor with the possibility of residential or office uses on the second floor. One automobile service station is permitted within this portion of the development.

The remaining area will consist of buildings with a maximum height of four stories, with commercial, office and residential uses permitted. Again, commercial uses will be restricted to the ground floor of the buildings. The development has been designed with several open landscaped features, according to city staff reports.

The site was originally platted as Broce Industrial Park Addition in 1973 and has gone through many zoning changes throughout the decades.

While none of the zoning changes adopted Tuesday will put a strain on existing infrastructure, the city continues moves forward with road building and capital improvement projects to meet the needs of a growing population.

A recently passed wastewater rate increase will help fund improvements and expansion of the southside water reclamation facility, and voters will consider a stormwater fee for improved drainage and renewal of the Public Safety Sales Tax in the near future.

On Tuesday, the city council set dates for the upcoming city council elections. Even-numbered ward seats will be up for re-election in 2014. After a lengthy debate, an April 1 council election date was chosen, with June 24 to serve as the runoff date if needed.

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