Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Development Control Plan Put off 6 Weeks

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Development Control Plan Put off 6 Weeks

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A plan to control commercial development near Remington Park and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame was deferred Thursday by the Oklahoma City Planning Commission to see how the plan could be strengthened.

The plan was deferred for six weeks, to the commission's May 12 meeting, to gain additional input from officials with the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and for revision of the plan by city staff.

Most of the development in the area of NE 63rd St. and Int. Hwy. 44 has been spawned by construction of the $91 million Remington Park horse racetrack, scheduled to open Sept. 1. Meanwhile, some of the planning commissioners said they wanted to do all they can to protect the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.

The city's comprehensive OKC Plan, adopted in 1977, did not address the possibility of Remington Park being constructed, and the plan before the planning commission would be added to the OKC Plan, said city Planning Director H.D. "Bud" Heiser.

William F. Collins III, an attorney representing the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, asked that the plan be deferred simply because he was not given a revised copy of the plan until five minutes before the discussion began.

Ward 8 Commissioner Mike Paque said he wanted to see the plan made more strict.

"We need to build in the kind of restrictions to keep this a pretty area," he said, citing an example of how other cities have required developers to obtain city permission in each instance before cutting down large trees.

The plan was presented in three options:

- Option 1 would discourage any commercial development along a one-half-mile stretch on the north side of NE 63rd St., directly north of the Cowboy Hall of Fame, between Rhode Island Ave. and a point one-quarter mile west of Prospect Ave.

- Option 2 would permit commercial development along the one-half-mile stretch, as long as 50 percent of the acreage is devoted to some other use (residential, office, institutional) and as long as the use is one element of a unified mixed-use development. …

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