Zoning board to recommend denial of request

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By John Hruby
Sep 20, 2012 - 8:37:25 AM

In a divisive matter heard before Marlow’s Board of Planning & Zoning multiple times, commissioners recommended denial of a request by Mike Sellers to re-zone property on South 10th St. Their denial will be passed to the Marlow City Council for consideration at their next meeting on Tuesday.
Sellers was seeking to re-zone 806 S 10th St. from R-1, single-family, residential to R-3, multiple-family, residential for the construction of a 4-unit apartment building.
Speaking on behalf of Sellers, attorney Jay Watkins, unveiled plans for the development depicting access from a private drive connected to Caddo St. The plans had been modified after neighbors complained of additional traffic on 10th St. at an earlier zoning meeting.
“Mr. Sellers decided to build the driveway in the back to appease the existing property owners,” said Watkins.
“The main thing brought up (at the previous meeting) was traffic. We tried to address this with the revision,” said Sellers.
Neighbors crowded the council chambers during the hearing and voiced numerous concerns over the development. Using an existing apartment on the street as an example, complaints included: additional traffic, loud parties, lack of parking, trash cans being left street side and police being called to investigate drug usage.
The existing apartments were built by the Baptist Missionary College and one attendee said they were not in it to make a profit unlike Mr. Sellers.
“We have prospered in Marlow, and we never stepped on anyone’s toes to do it,” said Janice Seals
“We don’t want another apartment in the neighborhood, period,” said Kenneth Thomas.
Citing differences in R-1 versus R-3 dwellings, Ernestine Olson said, “apartment living is definitely different than single-family living.”
Prior to making a motion to deny the request, commissioner Harbour Whitaker told those gathered, “for us to go against them (the homeowners) is not right.”
With that, Whitaker made the motion to recommend the council deny the request. Doyle Crownover and Bill Harris voted in favor of the recommendation.
The Planning & Zoning Commission consists of: Doyle Crownover, Chuck Hill, Layle Baker, Bill Harris and Harbour Whitaker. Hill and Baker were absent.