The Edmond Sun

Local News

December 4, 2012

UPDATE: Walmart pulls Coffee Creek application from council agenda

Applicant heads to City Council on Dec. 10

EDMOND — UPDATE: The City of Edmond has been advised by counsel for Walmart that their request for a specific use permit and site plan approval for a Neighborhood Market has been postponed indefinitely, said Steve Murdock, city attorney.

Walmart ran into tough neighborhood opposition earlier this week at the Planning Commission in its plans to construct a store at the northwest corner of Coffee Creek and Kelly Avenue. The agenda item for a hearing has been stricken from Monday’s City Council agenda, Murdock said.

Earlier this week, the Edmond Planning Commission voted 4-1 to reject and deny the site plan and specific use permit for a Walmart Neighborhood Market.

 

The Edmond Planning Commission voted 4-1 to reject and deny the site plan and specific use permit for a Walmart Neighborhood Market, proposed on the northwest corner of Coffee Creek Road and Kelly Avenue. Commissioner Mark Hoose cast the no vote.

“You don’t have to hit me with a board to see the writing on the wall,” said Oklahoma City attorney Blaine Nice, representing Sam’s Club.

A restricted commercial zoning parcel, the placement of a Walmart Neighborhood Market would be a “rifle shot, narrowing, limited tailored use for the D1 restricted parceling,” said attorney Matthew Winton, representing Oak Tree Park.

“The applicant has to demonstrate a harmony for the area,” Winton said.

An over-flow capacity of residents extending into the Downtown Community Center were unanimous in their disfavor of a grocery store proposed in close proximity of their property.

Area resident Mark Ferguson said to grant the specific use permit is outside the city’s site design standards. Sensitive border standards require no loading or unloading between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. But Walmart specified the hours to be within that time frame at a recent community meeting, Ferguson said.

“I would also like to comment that the site is simply too small and too close to the neighborhoods for this specific use permit,” Ferguson said.

Homeowner Judy Tyree said she chose her neighborhood because of the quiet location although she knew it was zoned for office space.

“I do have a problem with a big box building that comes in and is really not in harmony with the residents,” she said.

The two lane road of Coffee Creek would be burdened by additional traffic demand in the area if Walmart Neighborhood Market is built there, said Tony Maranto, area resident.

Homeowner Gary Jackson said the easement required by the plan would come into his property. Neither does he want to see 4,000 cars a day in his backyard as well as congesting the roads, he said.

“What we’re talking about here is an impact on the quality of life, and others have spoken to that,” Jackson said. “I’m asking just to turn this thing down. When I moved there four years ago, I went and looked and saw what the City Council had done in the past. I knew I would be protected with trees. But I was not going to have a grocery store and it was not going to be open 24-7.”

David Folks, an area resident, said the 41,000-square-foot store would not qualify as a shop as defined in the current zoning. Commission Chairman Barry Moore said he has driven by the proposed location several times.

“I have yet to see how this is an appropriate spot for a Walmart Neighborhood Market or any grocery store,” Moore said.

Consideration of the item will be discussed by the City Council next Monday at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m.

jcoburn@edmondsun.com | 341-2121

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Oak Tree Official offers glowing update on Senior Open

    An official who has been in charge of tournaments since 2001 said the 2014 U.S. Senior Open is probably the best city event partnership he has seen.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Edmond soldier settles in housing benefits case

    U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats said Thursday a U.S. Army reserve soldier from Edmond has agreed to pay the government $20,000 to settle civil claims related to obtaining fraudulent housing benefits.

    April 17, 2014

  • Stevenson 1 Oklahoman returns home focused on pro-gay agenda

    Troy Stevenson remembers the day when football players discovered him and his boyfriend holding hands behind an Edmond high school. After they had been chased off school property, Stevenson, called to check on his boyfriend.
    “He was in hysterics,” Stevenson said. “… Like me, I thought he was scared. Did people see us? What would people think?”

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lawn Experts’ tips can help your lawn bounce back

    Chances are your lawn is looking a bit bedraggled after this rough winter.
    That’s not surprising. Between brutally cold temperatures and drying winds, turf took a beating this year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gracelawn grows larger

    The Edmond City Council voted 5-0 in favor of the city purchasing 20.5 acres of land immediately to the north of Gracelawn Cemetery. Purchasing the property is needed for future expansion of the cemetery, Mayor Charles Lamb, said.
    Gracelawn Cemetery is owned and operated by the city and is located on the northwest corner of Danforth and Boulevard.

    April 17, 2014

  • Warmth needed to grow tomatoes

    The time for those growing tomatoes in their garden is when the soil temperature is above 60°F and fear of frost has past. We are generally safe from frosts after April 5.  However, frosts have occurred as late as May 1 in the Oklahoma City area. If you planted your tomatoes on or before April 5 last year you would have covered them several times as there were several late frosts. If you plant early, be ready to cover your plants during nighttime frosts.

    April 17, 2014

  • Debate Senate hopefuls meet in first debate

     Accountability to the American people and the $17.5 trillion debt continues to be a major issue in the race for U.S. Senate office being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.
    The Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee hosted a debate Wednesday for three of the seven Republicans running for the U.S. Senate seat that is being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Oklahoma City FC invites fans to design club scarf

    Oklahoma’s top-tier soccer club, Oklahoma City FC, invites soccer fanatics across Oklahoma to be a part of its future by designing its scarf.
    Scarves are a tradition among soccer clubs and are typically a team’s most recognizable accessory. Scarves are a matter of pride for hard-core supporters and feature team colors, logo and inspiring slogans. Scarves are a part of a team’s identity.

    April 16, 2014

  • MS_injection well.jpg Agency clarifies earthquake-related misinformation

    A state agency says misinformation related to the debate about the cause of more earthquakes across Central Oklahoma includes oil well types, well numbers and injection pressure.
    The Prague sequence of 2011 along the Wilzetta Fault zone included a significant foreshock, a main shock of magnitude 5.7 and numerous aftershocks. It has been suggested that this sequence represents tremors triggered by fluid injection.
    More recently, earthquakes have been recorded in the vicinity of Jones, Arcadia Lake, Edmond, Guthrie, Langston and Crescent. Regulators and scientists are working together to better understand what’s causing all the shaking.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff seeks items for agency history project

    If you have historic pictures or artifacts related to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, the agency is asking the public to share them.
    “The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is working on a history project. If you, your family, friends or acquaintances have any old photos or artifacts related to the OCSO we would love to have them or a digital copy,” said Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel.

    April 16, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Video
Poll

Do you agree with a state budget proposal that takes some funds away from road and bridge projects to ramp up education funding by $29.85 million per year until schools are receiving $600 million more a year than they are now? In years in which 1 percent revenue growth does not occur in the general fund, the transfer would not take place.

Agree
Disagree
Undecided
     View Results