“I would rather have Rose Rock than the unknown,” he said.
Councilman Kovach said voting on this application was difficult.
He said the traffic and stormwater impact was negligible but the zoning issue troubled him.
“These people have demonstrated they want to work with their neighbors,” Kovach said, noting he changed his vote 4 times Tuesday night.
Council member Miller, a longtime Norman educator, said she didn’t have concerns about traffic. She said traffic at other schools was more of an issue.
“This one doesn’t hold a candle to the others,” she said. “I don’t see how traffic is an impact here.”
Miller said schools belonged in neighborhoods and this was a unique site.
Council member Williams said he had also changed his vote several times during Tuesday night’s debate. He said it was a hard choice after listening to two passionate sides make their points.
Council member Castleberry said the Rose Rock School was a great project but that he had concerns about amending the council’s 2025 plan.
Council member Heiple said he supported the project and thought it was a good exercise in democracy.