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November 25, 2012

Duplex development doubts

CLAREMORE — Councilor Brandon Smith is bringing forth some tough questions about the growth of the City of Claremore.

The council approved the 49th zoning permit on Monday for duplex construction inside the city this year.
With less than 10 building permits being issued within city limits this year, Smith is trying to bring forth a discussion about the future of city planning.
Compared to residential growth outside the city limits, leaders have questions about the comprehensive plan of the city.
“We have approved some and not others. If you are a homeowner in Claremore, you don’t know what we are or not going to pick on any given day of the week,” Smith said.
The council had the option to annex a residential development earlier this year that was denied.
Additionally, the council did not approve a new construction of residential homes that would have been located near Catalayah Elementary. 
“It is nothing against duplexes,” Smith said. “We need to have a discussion about the comprehensive plan.”
Smith requested that a discussion about city planning be added to an upcoming agenda.
“I am not going to vote to support any more redistricting until we have a discussion about the comprehensive plan,” Smith said.
Councilor Don Purkey weighed in on the discussion adding that the city has to look at the development of the neighborhood as a whole.
“I thought this would be a good decision with the new city manager coming in,” Smith added. “I just did not foresee another duplex being added to this agenda.”
The council concluded the discussion with plans of revisiting the issue at an upcoming meeting.

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