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OKC City Council Puts Moratorium on Lake Hefner Development

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC City Council Puts Moratorium on Lake Hefner Development

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The increased public concern being focused on Lake Hefner's East Wharf development has prompted the Oklahoma City Council to place a temporary moratorium on all commercial development at the lake's east shore.

The moratorium will allow the city to review its master plan for the lake.

During Tuesday's weekly meeting, the council voted unanimously to not take action on any new commercial development proposals or rezoning applications that are submitted to the city dealing with property in the area for an undetermined amount of time.

Ward 2 Councilman Sam Bowman introduced the resolution in response to the number of citizens who protested the East Wharf developers' plans to construct a 4,000-square-foot Louie's on the Lake restaurant just north of the existing development.

I think with any understanding or listening to that very diverse group of people from across the city, there were three things that ran through their presentations: quality-of-life issues, congestion and safety, said Bowman, and that's what this resolution attempts to address today.

In addition, the resolution will not affect construction of the Louie's on the Lake restaurant, which was approved by the council at its March 30 meeting. The restaurant has been described by developer Randy Hogan as the final component to East Wharf, which now consists of several restaurants, and two office buildings.

However, the council did agree to one exception to the moratorium. Ward 8 Councilman Guy Liebmann explained that Hogan's intention to erect a new fence and create 12 additional parking spaces on the south side of the development would not be affected by Tuesday's decision.

I would like that part exempt, said Liebmann. There are no other plans for anything else on the lake other than that at this time.

The freeze on commercial development will remain in place until the City Council approves the revised plan for Lake Hefner. …

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