Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Panel Considers Changing Home Construction Rules

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Panel Considers Changing Home Construction Rules

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New homes built in Oklahoma City could be required to have exteriors that include a greater portion of brick, stone or stucco materials, under new building guidelines to be reviewed by the Oklahoma City Planning Commission.

At the request of Ward 8 City Councilman Guy Liebmann, the city is considering more stringent building requirements for new-home construction. Liebmann's proposal, which has been forwarded to the planning commission for review, would require the exterior facades of new homes to have at least 70 percent of the surface area made of brick, stone, stucco or fiber-cement board.

"We need to get some controls in place" on what building materials are used in new-home construction, Liebmann said in a telephone interview. "I think this will get a discussion going."

Liebmann said the proposed ordinance stems from an ongoing dispute between residents of the Brasswood neighborhood in northwest Oklahoma City and proposed new residential development known as Marbleleaf on property to the west.

Brasswood residents have opposed the new development, saying the lot sizes and homes that will be built to their west are too small to be compatible with the neighboring Brasswood addition. Homes in Brasswood along NW 150th Street largely have brick exteriors. Homes in Marbleleaf would include non-brick material.

Developers of Marbleleaf, however, contend that its proposed development is appropriate and that requiring more expensive brick or stone materials in new-home construction would raise the cost for many home buyers.

Under the proposed building requirements, all single-family residential buildings and duplexes for which a building permit is issued must meet certain guidelines for the facade area of a new home: 70 percent of the facade must be clad in brick, stone, stucco or fiber-cement board, or 75 percent must be clad in cement stucco, or 75 percent must be clad in a combination of cement stucco and brick, or cement stucco and stone.

The proposed ordinance would be more stringent than building standards outlined by the International Building Code, 2000 Edition, which is recognized by the city. …

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