The Edmond Sun

April 10, 2013

Council rezones McGregor property for more homes

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A rezoning request from general agricultural to single family was approved 4-1 this week by the City Council for property located on the east side of Midwest Boulevard and north of Covell Road. Councilman Nick Massey voted against the request made by the McGregor Family Revocable Trust.

A water line would need to be extended by the developer to link to the Redbud Canyon addition, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner. Sewer already crosses the land. Utilities make rezoning the area in compliance with the Edmond Plan, said attorney Randel Shadid, representing the developer.

The Tanglewood addition is immediately north of the 45-acre property. A significant flood plain is on the eastern side of the land.

Tanglewood residents spoke against the density of the proposed addition in March before the Planning Commission recommended approval of the item.

Massy questioned the lot sizes. The McGregor property is zoned for 2-acre lots, Schiermeyer said. However, the developer has not specified if the lots will be larger.

“These are 4-acre, 5-acre lots in Tanglewood,” Schiermeyer said.

Redbud Canyon addition resident Karen Greer said she moved to east Edmond from Los Angeles County.

“So I have seen and I have lived in what happens when growth is done irresponsibly, when growth happens haphazardly, when growth is not planned and growth is not done in a long-range view,” Greer said.

The nature of east Edmond will never be recoverable if the City Council continues to approve smaller lot sizes in rustic areas, Greer said.

“I am not opposed to development, but I am opposed to development that is done thoughtlessly …and simply for the reason of generating revenue for the city,” Greer said.

Twelve-hundred acres in the northeast quadrant have been zoned for suburban lots. In 2012, Lamb said he envisioned the northeast quadrant of city limits east of Interstate 35 being able to accommodate more suburban-style lots to enhance the city’s population growth.

Shadid said he does not dispute that the landscape of east Edmond is changing.

“I do know where there’s water and sewer, east of I-35, there’s going to be a higher density of development,” Shadid said. “And that decision was basically made in 2005-06 when water was extended to this area.” | 341-2121