The Edmond Sun

May 14, 2013

Heritage Village addition receives city approval

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A request by Turning Point Ministries was approved 5-0 by the City Council this week to rezone property from single family to planned unit development.

Heritage Village is proposed to be located west of Fretz, just more than one-quarter mile north of Edmond Road. Nearby residents said the development would bring traffic congestion to the area.

Some of the 37 single-family lots are 40 feet by 90 feet, most are 60 feet by 120 feet, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner.

Turning Point Ministries provides a bridge between Habitat for Humanity and the community. This ministry has been instrumental in the development of Legacy Station, a 12-home community located between the downtown post office and the railroad.

“You saw the quality of the homes that were built there,” said Ernie Isch, representing Turning Point Ministries. “This will be very similar. There will be smaller homes. We anticipate some of these homes will be for single residents.”

Detached homes on the 7.72 acres may range from 800 square feet to 1,600 square feet, Schiermeyer said. A 6-foot cedar fence will be provided along the frontage of Fretz, Isch said.

“With regard to traffic, Fretz acts as a collector street, and our traffic will primarily use Fretz as an access,” Isch said. “The connection to Walnut is secondary and will only be there for emergency use because of the traffic that exists on Hurd going back and forth to (Ida Freeman Elementary).”

Plans call for offsite drainage passing through the property to flow into a detention area designated on the southwest portion of the property.

Stephanie Buzzard, who lives to the west of the property, said she is concerned the detention area will create a mosquito hazard due to standing water.

Isch and Mayor Charles Lamb explained that the detention area will be a dry pond because a pilot channel will be provided to drain the water away.