But the city council is charged with weighing the best for Norman’s future development in deciding zoning changes.
In this case, the decision may not be difficult. The planning commission and city staff recommend approval of the zoning change.
The proposed multi-family student housing by Aspen Heights would consist of 179 units totaling 623 beds with 811 parking spaces on 26 acres. The student housing portion of the PUD would run along the east and south, with three commercial lots proposed along the west side of the property.
Amenities proposed for the residential development include a clubhouse, pool, theater room and gym. The north side of the development is in the floodplain and would remain undeveloped. The forested floodplain will serve as a buffer to the nearby residential neighborhood.
The Aspen Heights project was originally proposed on a site adjacent to Hitachi, but that proposal did not move forward. Aspen Heights will be built in the American Craftsman style, structured as separate housing, which Ezzel said is a current trend in multi-family homes.
Student housing has developed in this area with Crimson Park to the south and The Cottages to the east. Ezzel said Norman’s growth supports this need for additional housing that will appeal to, but not be limited to, students.
In the commercial portion of the PUD, the applicant is proposing two restaurants and a grocery store with a fueling station, according to staff notes.
Also on Tuesday’s agenda is an item under consideration for the University North Park. A four-story Residence Inn Hotel is proposed for property east of 24th Avenue Northwest on the south side of Commerce Drive.
The hotel will have 100 rooms and 120 parking spaces on 2.88 acres. It will be located next to a Holiday Inn Express currently under construction and across from the existing Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center.