Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The City of Nichols Hills

Minutes of the Planning Commission Meeting

June 4, 2013

Original Agenda Filed in the Office of the Municipal Clerk at   2   PM on the 31st day of May, 2013.


Michael Bickford, Chairman                                         Tim Cohn

Barbara Gilbert                                                             Lynn Pringle         

John McCaleb                                                              Larry Savage

David Poole, City Manager                                           John Michael Williams, City Attorney

                                                                                    Kristi Hort, City Clerk, Fin Director


1.    Call to Order.


Chairman Bickford called the meeting to order.


2.    Roll Call.


Acknowledgment was made by Chairman Bickford that all commission members were present, except for Tim Cohn. 


3.    Citizens desiring to be heard:  Except as noted in the Public Hearing below, no one expressed a desire to be heard.


4.    Minutes:   

a.    May 7, 2013


Member Gilbert recommended changing “allow” to “allowed” in last sentence of the item 7 in the May 7, 2013 minutes. APPROVED: McCaleb moved approval of the May 7, 2013 minutes as modified.  Savage seconded the motion. 

AYES: Bickford, Gilbert, McCaleb, and Savage.

NAYES:  None

ABSTAIN: Pringle

 5.    PUBLIC HEARING: Discussion, Consideration and Possible Approval or disapproval on Case PC 2013-02 the application seeking a special permit application, submitted by A T & T Mobility for the water tower owned by the City of Nichols Hills located on NW 75th Street.  A T & T is requesting to install new communications equipment located on or adjacent to the water tower owned by the City of Nichols Hills.

Mr. Mark Kessner, CRB Companies, representing A T & T spoke to commission members.  He advised, A T & T proposes to add three pieces of equipment to the water tower.  The equipment will be powered by fiber optics to process data.  A T & T proposes this will enhance the signal and improve service for customers.  Mr. David Bennett addressed commission members, advising he is a council member for The Village and lives just outside Nichols Hills city limits. He stated he is concerned about the cell coverage for citizens in both communities.  Mr. Kessner noted the reason for the additional equipment requested is focused on the dense residential areas such as found in Nichols Hills and just north into The Village.  Upon completion of updating the equipment across the metro, implementation of new equipment will begin with an anticipated launch date in the fall of 2013.  Following discussion by the commission members, McCaleb moved to recommend approval of this application to City Council.  Pringle seconded the motion.

AYES: Bickford, Gilbert, McCaleb, Pringle and Savage.

NAYES:  None 

6.    Discussion, consideration and possible recommendations concerning amendments to the Nichols Hills Code regarding building setbacks on corner lots.

City Attorney John Michael Williams advised members of the Planning Commission and citizens present of the work completed by the “corner lot working group” which meetings have been duly noticed as open public meetings.  The group comprised of Mr. Jay Yowell, members from the Planning Commission, staff and citizens of Nichols Hills.  The draft ordinance presented is a result of the recommendation made by that working group.  Mr. Jay Yowell provided examples of current building setbacks compared to those in the proposed corner lot ordinance.  Planning Commission members discussed these options, and their effect on the community. When asked by member McCaleb, Member Gilbert explained that she supports many of the guidelines this ordinance provides; but she explained that she has reservations about certain aspects and has not yet determined whether she will vote in favor of the measure.


Chairman Bickford advised the July 2013 meeting will be cancelled due to the Independence Day holiday.  During the August 6, 2013 meeting, a public hearing will be held with the possibility of a recommendation to be made to the City Council.



7.    Adjournment


There being no further business, McCaleb moved to adjourn the meeting.  Pringle seconded the motion. 

AYES: Bickford, Gilbert, McCaleb, Pringle and Savage.

NAYES:  None


Michael Bickford     

Michael Bickford, Chairman


Kristi Hort                                                              David Poole

Kristi Hort, City Clerk                                            David Poole, City Manager




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