City of Edmond officials are in the midst of a major undertaking
in working to completely overhaul the city's zoning ordinances.
According to a source closely involved in the reworking of Title
22 of Edmond's Municipal Code, one of the primary reasons the city
has decided to revisit its zoning ordinances is in response to the
tremendous amount of residential and commercial growth that has
transpired within the suburb over the past 20 years. Furthermore,
because it has been many years since the city updated Title 22, city
officials felt it was also important to revisit its ordinances in
order to keep up with the changing nature of businesses in today's
In an effort to seek a more expert analysis of what the new
zoning ordinances should look like, the city hired Fort Lauderdale,
Fla.-based Duncan Associates to draft the updated Title 22
ordinance. The firm is described as one of the nation's leading
urban planners, serving 135 public clients in 34 states.
According to company officials, the firm specializes in drafting
development regulations and preparing infrastructure financing
studies. Most recently, Duncan Associates completed work on drafting
principles for Chicago's new zoning ordinance.
Earlier this year, Duncan Associates completed a 248-page comment
draft of the updated Title 22 for Edmond planning officials to begin
reviewing and making changes.
To seek public input on the proposed zoning changes, Ward 3
Councilman Charles Lamb and the Title 22 Revisions Steering
Committee made the Title 22 draft available for public view on the
city's Web site on Feb. 9. Lamb explains that the draft is in the
midst of a 60-day comment period that will expire April 8.
While officials from both the city manager's and planning
department's offices were unavailable to comment on the Title 22
changes, Lamb describes the new Title 22 in a letter on the city's
Web site as being a major change from the current Title 22 ordinance
in organization and format. He also stresses that the draft is not a
final draft, but a public discussion comment draft.
There are some proposed changes in standards, especially in the
Site Plan Review where graphics are incorporated to assist in
communicating the requirements, says Lamb.
Once the comment period ends on April 8, the steering committee
will meet and make changes to the draft based on the comments of the
public. Lamb is encouraging all citizens interested in commenting on
Title 22 to put them in writing and be as specific as possible.
This will enable the committee to have constructive discussions
and will facilitate an understanding of the suggestions and help
make the needed amendments, continues Lamb in the letter.
Once final revisions have been made, then a final draft will be
made available for at least a 30-day period followed by the process
of public hearings and then finally adoption of the ordinance by the
Marc Weinmeister, president of CommercialOKC Real Estate who has
reviewed the document on behalf of several commercial real estate
professionals and submitted his comments to the city's planning
staff, praises Lamb's efforts in seeking the public's comment on the
zoning changes so those who might be affected can make their voice
There is not any sense that anyone is trying to sneak anything
through here, he explains. It is really a confluence of where we are
in development. Everyone is talking about what they think is