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May 12, 2014

Collaboration to create vision for city

NORMAN — Norman’s Center City Vision Charrette kicks off tonight with an interactive public meeting at the Loveworks Building, 127 W. Main St. The charrette is part of the visioning process for a corridor through core Norman that includes Campus Corner and the downtown business district.

A charrette or “design charrette” is a collaborative process used for land use and urban planning. Multi-day meetings bring stakeholders, city officials, developers and other interested parties to the table to allow everyone to participate in the planning process. 

The charrette starts tonight with a public interactive meeting from 6-9 p.m. Three public meetings will gather public input on the work in progress by the design team.

An open studio will allow the public to as see the work in progress by the design team between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. An Open House will be from 5-7 p.m on Wednesday and the final presentation will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m Friday. The city and OU are jointly funding the project.

The point of the charrette is to allow all stakeholders whether they are residents or landlords, developers or business owners to have joint ownership in the solutions. By creating a dialogue that allows multiple voices to be heard, cities like Norman use charrettes to transform the planning process from confrontational to co-operational.

Norman leaders say the purpose of the Center City Vision is to develop a plan and accompanying regulations — the vision — that will guide decision making for future development and redevelopment of the outlined area.

The defined corridor under study is bounded by Gray Street on the north, Flood Avenue on the west, Boyd Street on the south and the BNSF Railroad on the east.

The project area includes Downtown’s West Main Street and Campus Corner as well as residential neighborhoods in between, many of which are experiencing development pressure, according to city leadership.

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