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Posted on: December 4, 2017

City Council approves downtown residential design standards

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The Broken Arrow City Council approved the final draft of the Downtown Residential Overlay District design standards at the Dec. 5 Council meeting. The new standards will take effect January 2, 2018.

Last year, the City of Broken Arrow contracted with planning consulting firms ADG and Winter and Company to prepare design standards for residential development within the one square mile downtown area, located between Kenosha Street and Houston Street, and between Elm Place and 9th Street.  The resulting Downtown Residential Overlay District (DROD) report and standards are intended to continue the implementation of the Downtown Master Plan by promoting compatible, high quality mixed uses and residential design in this area. During the course of the project, two public workshops (December 2016 and May 2017) were conducted along with several meetings with stakeholders, builders, local residents and staff.

“Living in the Rose District is something more and more people are seriously considering these days, and we want to make sure we’re meeting today’s housing needs and wants, while at the same time preserving the unique character of the area,” said City Manager Michael Spurgeon. “This collaborative effort between stakeholders and City staff produced a guiding document that will ensure the continued success of downtown Broken Arrow.”

Broken Arrow’s revitalization of its downtown corridor through public/private partnerships has been a tremendous success, with new commercial and retail development continuing to attract visitors to eat, shop, work and entertain in the Rose District. The City is now focusing its efforts on housing in the areas surrounding the Main Street core. The final draft of the design standards that can be reviewed at www.BrokenArrowOK.gov/DowntownOverlay.

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