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March 12, 2014

Council looks at rezoning Pondridge Road

BY RACHEL SNYDER
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA —

Chickasha residents and the city council voiced concerns yesterday about what regulatory power they have over building standards for the possible rezoning along Pondridge Road from single-family homes to duplexes.

The developer, Crawford Realty, originally asked for lots 1-4 and 7-13, but agreed to only ask for 1-4 after concerns expressed at the Planning Commission meeting. 

Citizens at the work session expressed concerns about the potential of decreasing property value and increased traffic from the new duplexes.

Mayor Hank Ross said the city can't enforce covenants, standards or rules set by homeowners' associations. 

The city can give the permission to rezone the land, but has no jurisdiction on those covenants by the homeowners' associations, Ross said. 

"The biggest concern is property value…we [and the developers] can't know the value [until the residences are appraised]," Ross said. "There are already duplexes across the street [from where they want to develop]"

The city grants the permission to rezone the property and, once given, has the power to grant or not to grant permits to the developers.

Because of citizens' concerns about the new townhouses decreasing their property value, Crawford Realty presented a drawing of what the residences would look like and estimated the value at $145 per square foot. 

The issue will be on the council agenda in April.