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April 2, 2013

Stillwater city councilors adopt comprehensive plan

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STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater city councilors adopted a comprehensive plan at Monday’s meeting in the Stillwater Municipal Building.

A comprehensive master plan creates a vision for the community. It looks  at many areas — land use, transportation, parks and recreation, environmental planning, renovations and reuse of historic structures, water, wastewater and roads, Development Services Director Paula Dennisson said.

It is used daily to guild growth. When a development is eady for the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council, the Development Services staff notes if it follows comprehensive plan guidelines or fails to meet them.

“The city of Stillwater is a growth community and we hope it will continue to be a growth community,” Dennison said Monday night.

The comprehensive plan estimates Stillwater’s population at 46,048. It anticipates a population of 61,525 by 2030.

“It helps us implement and develop a course of the city,” Dennison said. “We are not chaotic. We do have a plan. We do have a direction. It supports planning and zoning efforts. It sets rational bases for decisions.”

Stillwater’s zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations and design and construction standards are the laws that helps Stillwater reach the vision contained in the comprehensive plan.

Developers should review the comprehensive plan’s land-use map and locate their projects in appropriate areas, City councilor Joe Weaver said.

A shopping center, for example, should be planned in an area on the land-use map designated for commercial development.

State law requires cities to develop and maintain a master plan. The previous master plan was adopted in 2001. Dennison said city staff is committed to updating this master plan every three to five years.

City councilors also approved:

• A specific use permit to allow dental offices to be built on an outlot at the Lakeview Pointe Shopping Center, 2200 N. Perkins Road. My Dentist, which has 44 clinics in five states, is a full-service dental-care provider.

• Construction of a training center behind Fire Station 1, 1510 S. Main St. Five bids were received, but one didn’t meet Stillwater Fire Department specifications. The contract was awarded to American Fire Training Systems, which submitted a bid of $79,942.32.

• Rezoning of a tract of land in the 200 block of Elm Street, the 100 block of South Duncan Street and the 100 block of South Husband Street from high rise planned unit development or multifamily development to high-rise district.

• Rezoning of 324 W. Miller Ave., from residential multifamily to commercial shopping district. (second reading).

• Rezoning of 421 N. Husband Ave. from residential to commercial (second reading).

• Appointments of Terri Ventress and Robert Williams to the Board of Adjustments, replacing Mark Grimsley and Richard Krysiak Jr. whose terms expired in February.

• Compromise worker’s compensation settlement with Ricardo J. Inciarte of $10,659.

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