Claremore Daily Progress

July 9, 2013

New development builds citizens’ concern

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE —

Fossil Creek, a new development on 161st Street near Owasso, is facing opposition from citizens in an adjoining neighborhood.
The Rogers County Commissioners tabled the approval Monday of the planned urban development after a public hearing.
Engineer Brian Kellogg and Developer Brian Doyle are scheduling a meeting during the next two weeks to work out the citizens’ concerns at the request of commissioner Mike Helm.
K & S Development Inc. will purchase about 80 acres along Highway 20 if the proposal is approved.
Local homeowner, Candy Risenger, voiced her concerns about flooding if the development is approved and built near her home.
“We had to prove that we were not in a flood plain through FEMA,” Risenger said.
She is concerned that the displacement of water from the development will increase flooding in the area.
A creek runs near the property and through the adjoining neighborhood.
“My husband and I worked for 40 years to have a nice quiet place in the country,” Risenger said.
Area property owners echoed traffic, pollution and property value concerns at the meeting. 
Roger Marshall gathered 121 signatures on his petition to have the development disapproved by the board
“We have a chance to do something right or something very wrong,” Marshall said.
Flooding has occurred in the past due to the expansion of Highway 20, and this development is creating the same concern, he said.
The developers have been working in the area for years, according to Kellogg.
“They are the same group that developed Stone Canyon,” he said. “The homes will be a minimum of 1,800 square feet with a lot minimum of 25,000 square feet,” according to Kellogg.
“We have been sensitive to the neighbors,” Kellogg said.
The development will include two retention ponds, one of which will be upstream from the neighborhood creek to help prevent flooding,” he added.
The citizens voiced their concerns about the traffic in the area and how the development could impact the traffic on to Highway 20.
The right-of-way concerns have been addressed and include enough room for the addition of right and left turn lanes to deal with traffic concerns, according to Kellogg.
The layout is driven by the flood plain and the entrances to the neighborhood in an effort to deal with potential issues upfront, he said.
“We don’t do business by bending or breaking the rules,” Kellogg said.
Kellogg and Doyle are planning to work with the Rogers County Planning Commission to complete the proposal after meeting with the citizens next week.