The Norman Transcript


May 15, 2013

Vote on high-density rezoning request postponed for fifth time



Tuesday night, the city council unanimously approved the request by Risser for a postponement until June — the fifth such postponement.

During the public comments section of the council meeting, Ward 4 resident Scott Williams spoke in favor of high density on Campus Corner. He lives in the Chautauqua Historic District and teaches architecture at the University of Oklahoma.

“I feel that high density in a core area enhances livability,” he said. “I think that the Campus Corner proposal is a good one.”

He commended the project architects and said it is not just a single high rise but is “nice in scale” and complemented various amenities proposed in the project. He said it would be an upscale development, much nicer than existing multi-housing units in the area.

In other council business, the council approved $1,584,748 to purchase 32,000 new recycling carts from Rehrig Pacific. The blue 95-gallon recycling carts are like the lidded and wheeled green carts currently used for household trash.

The city will change to biweekly curbside recycling starting Aug. 5.

The large blue carts will keep trash from blowing around and will allow for cardboard to be added to the items recycled at curbside.

The current 18-gallon bins, which are owned by Waste Management, will be picked up for recycling on the final day of that service, Utilities Director Ken Komiske said. Allied Waste Systems Inc. will supply the biweekly recycling pickup for the next five years.

Joy Hampton



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