Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Special District May Beef Up Stockyards

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Special District May Beef Up Stockyards

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Oklahoma City officials today hope to approve a special zoning district that will cover the Oklahoma City Stockyards and establish new regulations designed to promote development in the area.

Most of the Stockyards City commercial district is zoned I-2 Moderate Industrial District with the balance zoned R-4 General Residential, according to city records.

"The purpose of this ordinance amendment is to establish development regulations that would more effectively support the commercial district's ongoing revitalization," City Manager Don Bown said in a memo to the City Council.

The general boundaries for the area include SW 11th Street on the north, SW 13th Street on the south, Youngs Avenue on the east and the Oklahoma City corporate limits on the west.

The major provisions contained in the draft proposal include:

* The heavier industrial uses of the I-2 Moderate Industrial District and the residential uses of the R-4 General Residential District would no longer be permitted uses. Any existing uses could continue operating in a legal nonconforming status.

* A design review process, similar to the one in Bricktown, would be established.

* The off-street parking requirements would be lifted.

* Bingo parlors would be a conditional use.

* Restaurants serving alcohol would be a permitted use; an ABC-2 overlay would not be required.

* Maximum building height would be 45 feet.

* Unless approved by the design review committee, the painting of unpainted brick, stone or cast stone on buildings would not be allowed.

* Freestanding signs and nonaccessory signs (billboards) would not be permitted.

* Balloon signs and wind signs would be allowed without a sign permit for up to six weeks per year as part of a special promotion or holiday celebration.

* Signs on the windows inside of stores would be regulated as signs. Normally, they are not considered signage.

* The maximum size of signage attached to a building would be 8 percent of the area of the wall to which the signage is attached. …

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