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January 5, 2013

Projects could ignite debate

NORMAN — This week, Norman city leaders will meet early to discuss how to deal with the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District’s imposition of a 10 percent water allocation reduction. In addition, the city council will consider plans for Legacy Park.

Those discussions will start at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in the conference room at city hall. The non-voting session is open to the public. The regular meeting of the Norman City Council will follow at 6:30 p.m.

In regualar city business, attorney Sean Rieger is asking for a postponement on behalf of client Mark Risser regarding a requested change in the 2025 Land Use and Transportation Plan and zoning to allow for a high density multi-family project at 612 Asp Ave., 421-427 Buchanan Ave, 710 Asp and the adjacent lot to the south.

The applicant intends to develop the area into a mixed use building consisting of a parking garage, commercial/retail space and apartments, according to city staff reports.

In his letter, Rieger acknowledges that the city is in the process of creating a high density ordinance and proposes postponing the item until those guidelines have been established. This is one of several postponements for this project as it has progressed through various stages while meeting with strong opposition from residential and commercial neighboring properties.

Another potentially controversial topic for Tuesday night at city hall is an item of discussion, put on the council agenda by the Rule of Three regarding an eastside satellite library branch.

With the city’s allocation for a westside satellite library branch approved and moving forward and the completion of Fire Station 9 expected in March, the resolution proposes to take RFPs for an eastside branch. Additional land adjacent to Fire Station 9 is expected to serve as the future site of a community center which could house the eastside branch.

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