Growth and Change: County commissioners focus on development
Salesha Wilken Staff Reporter
Zoning changes and water line improvements drove discussions Monday during the Rogers County Commissioners meeting.
Planning Commission Director Larry Curtis spoke on three different zoning items.
Curtis commented on the 17 new home building permits issued within the county during November.
“Rogers County is out pacing every other county in the area including the city of Owasso, Collinsville and Bixby,” Curtis said.
Curtis said builders attribute the growth to the “welcoming attitude” and availability of growth in the county.
Of the 17 new homes, Stone Canyon in Owasso and nearby developments represents the greatest amount of growth.
Districts 1 and 3 have fewer than five new homes for the month, although Commissioner Dan DeLozier pointed out continued growth in his district that is partially governed by planning and zoning.
The Owasso portion of Rogers County remains the leader in growth for the entire county for yet another month.
The commissioners reviewed other development for the county involving three zoning requests.
The first applicant’s request to split a lot to provide for new home construction was approved.
The second applicant was not present at the meeting. The application was for rezoning to RS40 for a one-acre tract leaving the remaining six acres intact. This is also for the purpose of new home construction, according to Curtis. The request was approved.
The final applicant’s request was to set a public hearing to change a portion of the property to commercial development. This request for a hearing will be held on Dec. 17. I
t will give the property owner the opportunity to appeal the recommendation of the planning commission to deny the zoning change.
Construction plans continue on Hwy. 88 between Oologah and Claremore as crews work to complete a new water line that will run to the new E911 center. The next section is located one mile and a half south of the existing line, according to Andy Armstrong. This project is being funded through grants, he added. The E911 center is still in the stages of early development and the new plans should be completed by the end of December.
In other business, the commissioners approved the creation of the new Fair Oaks Fire Protection District. The new fire district was created as a result of a vote during the November General Election.
Commissioner Mike Helm is continuing negotiations with BP to gain an easement on 193rd E. Ave.
“The negotiations are the result of a home flooding,” Helm said.
Once the easement is finalized then the county can begin a drainage project, according to Helm. The contract will prevent the need for condemnation litigation, according to Engineer Consultant Brian Kellogg.
Curtis was selected to represent the county on the INCOG Board of Directors and General Assembly.