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New Zoning Ahead for Unincorporated Oklahoma County

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Do you remember the survey sent in September about zoning in the unincorporated areas of Oklahoma County? Results are in and it’s time for the next step. A report has been compiled from the survey findings, and a public hearing is scheduled next week, December 11 for residents in Oklahoma County District One, to hear public input.

The introduction to the report says “Oklahoma County has recognized the need for updated zoning and subdivision regulations, which regulate development in the unincorporated portions of the County. The report says a number of changing conditions have prompted the new look including: market demand, water availability, state law, development practices and community preferences.

“In the eastern portion of the county, the upcoming Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike will provide a a 21-mile link between I40 – I44, which is expected to spur development in this currently rural region,” the report says. The report says it has a desire for transparency and open communication. “Another theme was the need to balance property rights with neighbors’ property rights – minimizing the impact of regulations on private property owners, while respecting the property values and quality oflife for adjacent property owners.”

The September survey identified the top three “commonly selected” priorities of ROAD MAINTENANCE, WATER SUPPLY AND QUALITY, and DRAINAGE AND FLOODING, while the “highest rated” priorities are RURAL FEEL, ROAD MAINTENANCE, and, WATER SUPPLY AND QUALITY.

Some results from the county zoning survey.

MEETING: December 11, 2018, Luther High School Commons, 6 – 8 pm

Consulting firm Freese and Nichols, Inc., was hired by the county to help with the zoning updating process. The Texas-based company also worked on the Comprehensive Master Plan for Luther. 

Oklahoma County is in the process of updating zoning and subdivision regulations, and we want to share our findings with you and hear additional input!  These regulations govern future development in regards to land use types, lot sizes, water and sewer provisions, signs, parking, landscaping, and related development considerations.  The project findings to-date are contained in a Diagnostic Report, which can be obtained by clicking this link.  The existing zoning and subdivision regulations can be found here.

Note that the County’s regulations apply only to the unincorporated portions of the County (i.e., the regulations do not apply within any city limits).  Not sure if you live in the unincorporated portion of the County?  Check this map.  The areas in yellow are unincorporated.

Unincorporated Oklahoma County
In yellow are the “unincorporated areas” of Oklahoma County.

The County is holding the following public meetings in the eastern portion of the County and encourages any residents, business owners, and other stakeholders within the unincorporated areas to attend.

Commissioner District #1 Meeting
December 11, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
Luther High School Commons Area
18001 N. Luther Rd.
Luther, OK   73054

Commissioner District #2 Meeting
December 12, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center
4601 N. Choctaw Rd.
Choctaw, OK   73020

Commissioner District #3 Meeting
December 13, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm
Deer Creek Administration Building Board Room
20701 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Edmond, OK   73012

Note that Freese and Nichols, Inc. is a consulting firm retained by Oklahoma County to update the regulations.  Please contact County Planner Erik Brandt (ENERIBRA@oklahomacounty.orgor 405-713-7146) with any questions or comments on the regulations update.

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One Comment

  1. I think officials need to leave OUR properties alone. Why do you have the right to dictate what is to be done with our properties??? This is so upsetting so now just because it is yellow and rural you have the right to change things??? You should have no rights to destroy peoples lives with your so called progress

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