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August 15, 2012

Commissioners deny zoning change, refer to planners

CLAREMORE — The Rogers County Commissioners discussed zoning issues Monday after a local plumbing owner submited a commercial zoning request.

 After much discussion and public comments, all three commissioners decided to deny the zoning request and referred the business owner back to the Rogers County Planning Commission to discuss further development options.
Dustin Mitchell, owner of Half Moon Plumbing, filed the request with the county to change 2.5 acres of his property to C4 commercial zoning.
The property is located at Lot 4 Block 8 of Rolling Meadows Park near Owasso.
Rolling Meadows is an older subdivision that was developed in the 1970’s with large lots and a country setting, according to Mitchell’s neighbors.
Mitchell explained that the property has frontage on Hwy. 20 and that a number of commercial properties are located in the area.
Four different neighbors of Mitchell spoke in protest to the proposal.
“I am located diagonally from the property, I am concerned about the loss of property values,” Baine Cagle said. “There are commercial lots available in the area.”
Rose Kinsey and Neva Adams also spoke about a similar concern with property values. They expressed concerns about what any future property owner might do with that location.
The commissioners listened to the concerns of the citizens and then commissioner Mike Helm explained that a Planned Unit Development, PUD, might be the best alternative for this project.
A PUD will allow the property owners and business to work together to implement certain measures that would make the property more visibly appealing.
Helm said that the PUD could require the business owner put in privacy fencing or trees to help the appearance. It is a way to give the county more of a say in the development, according to Helm.
The item will be reviewed by the planning commission for the possibility of using a PUD for this development.

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