Request postponed: the promoter reschedules the Berry Road zoning request | New
A development project on South Berry Road and West Lindsey Street has been postponed, drawing criticism from neighboring residents who were ready to make their voices heard.
Sooner Traditions planned to ask council to approve a simple unit development planned for the two lots – one in a zoned single-family residential neighborhood and the other in a suburban office shopping district, according to staff reports. Presentation documents show that the lot houses an empty office and a vacant house.
Sooner Traditions attorney Sean Rieger asked council to approve a postponement of the proposed zoning application until Jan. 18, 2022, “to continue working” on the project. The council voted unanimously to postpone the item.
Residents near the intersection objected to the office and mall project over concerns over increased traffic, noise, light pollution and storm water.
Leslie Cornwell said she was angry that the proposal was postponed again. Since 2015, the development has been postponed three times and was rejected by the 6-1 planning commission, but in October the commission approved it 5-1. Cornwell submitted a protest letter along with 22 other residents.
“It has been going on for six years,” she complains. “It has been postponed and postponed and postponed. We all get so involved and talk about it and work for it and then it’s postponed again? I thought it was finally going to be over tonight. It is not fair.”
The advisers had no comments or questions on this. Cornwell was the only resident to speak on the motion to postpone the item.
Presentation materials provided to the committee in October showed several changes in development since 2015.
Sooner Traditions plans to install low-impact development techniques such as bioretention drains, rain gardens, flow-through planters and tree wells that will be used to increase stormwater filtration and water quality. water, the presentation showed. It also indicates that the impermeable area will not exceed 65% of the land, which is the maximum allowed for residential developments.
The development has been moved from the rear of the property with parking in the front to an inverted plan so that the parking is hidden behind and the building is closer to the street, the presentation showed at the commission.
Although the city has not required a traffic survey, Rieger’s clients agreed to conduct one at the pre-development meeting with residents in June. While the study showed that the volume and throughput of traffic would increase by 2023, Rieger told the commission that the study indicated it would only increase the traffic delay by two seconds.
Several items were approved on the consent package, including money to rebuild a burnt down park and a grant application to install two electric vehicle chargers on the campus of the municipal complex.
Vinyard Park near North Porter Avenue and Yarmouth Road was destroyed by fire in early 2021. The park was moved to the list of the city’s Norman Forward Neighborhood Park Improvement Plan as priority pay-as-you-go project. Pay-as-you-go projects are completed as sales tax revenue is collected, meaning “park staff can only complete a few projects per year,” the report says.
Voters in 2015 approved the Norman Forward sales tax of 0.5% for quality of life projects to last 15 years.
The board approved a request for proposal to Happy Playgrounds, LLC for $ 180,000, according to the consent agenda item. Staff chose the company because it offered the most play equipment for a wide range of ages and accommodation for children with reduced mobility, its report says. The project will be funded by the Norman Forward Sales Tax Fund.
With council approval, staff will apply for a federal grant to install two electric vehicle chargers at the municipal complex. The air quality congestion alleviation subsidy could cover up to 80% of the total construction cost of $ 246,000.
The two stations would be located in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Gray Street and Santa Fe Avenue, the staff report said.
The public would be allowed to use the stations “to recharge their vehicles when engaging in civic activities, doing business with city services, visiting the post office and performing other activities,” the report said. Staff.
Each year, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments calls for projects that help cities implement alternatives to clean fuels to improve air quality, the staff report says. Central Oklahoma did not meet national ambient air quality standards for particulate matter in 2020, staff said in their report.