Thirty angry Plainview area residents came to protest a subdivision an Ardmore homebuilder hopes to bring to the area at Thursday’s meeting of the Ardmore Planning Commission.
Oklahoma Property Managers, Inc. President, and Milestone Homes, LLC, CEO Lance Windel stood before the advisory board defending the subdivision he hopes to build.
“I think the town needs a lot of housing and ultimately needs these homes,” Windel said. “There have been some questions about what kind of subdivision will be built and about the school system. I don’t intend to build low income housing there, and the only concern the school district has is making sure the buses can get through there.”
Windel’s request before the commission was to rezone 30.91 acres located approximately 3,900 feet west of Plainview Road from RS-9 (single family detached) to RS-6 (single family detached/attached). Many Plainview area residents expressed concern that due to this new designation Windel would be able to build duplexes on the lot. While that is true, he said he has no intention of doing so and only wants the designation changed so that he can build homes on smaller lots.
The RS-9 designation requires that lots be 9,000 square feet for development— meaning less homes will fit on the land. By designating the land RS-6, homebuilders can build on 6,000 square feet of land.
Windel hopes to build around 90 homes in the area off Myall Road and plans to roll out the subdivision in three phases. Each phase will contain 30 homes. He said he expects the homes to be priced in the $140,000- $200,000 range. Without the rezoning he can only build 82 homes, but Windel said he wants to get the biggest bang for his buck and the need is there.
Plainview area residents voiced their concerns after Windel’s presentation, arguing that his homes may decrease their property values in the area because the lots are too small, the school district would be overcrowded, and that Myall Road is not safe and would be increasingly more dangerous with more people in the area.
Plainview area resident Robert Hanna was one of the citizens concerned about the subdivision’s impact on Myall Road.
“I’m not a native in Ardmore, but I have children in the school district,” he said. “I think before we go forward with anything, Myall Road needs to be fixed with shoulders and right of ways. It’s just not safe.”
Board member Brett Morton pointed out that without the subdivision, the City of Ardmore has no real incentive to fix the road.
“The City of Ardmore is not going to invest money in changing Myall Road without something there to build it for,” Morton said.
Windel argued against the residents’ concerns by pointing out that the area already has a manhole and a large enough sewer line to support a subdivision. He said that because Ardmore put the infrastructure in place, there had to be some expectation of a subdivision there in the future. He also pointed out that this meeting was only for preliminary zoning and that he would have to come back before the board and city commission in order to plat out the land.
Ultimately the board voted to deny Windel’s application to rezone the area 2-4. However, the Planning Commission is simply an advisory board and the actual decision will be made at the Aug. 21 Ardmore City Commission meeting. The commissioners consider the board and city staff’s recommendations when making their decision.
The commission doesn’t vote against the board often, but have in the past when the city’s staff recommendation differs from the board.
“They’re recommending a denial on the commission’s part, but we’re still recommending approval at the Development Services Department,” Development Services Director Jessica Scott said.