PLANiTULSA small-area workshops (round 1) tonight

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The first two of several small-area workshops for PLANiTULSA, the City of Tulsa initiative to produce our first comprehensive land-use plan in a generation, are being held tonight -- one on the northside and one on the eastside.

These workshops are a smaller-scale version of the citywide workshops, with groups putting stickers representing different kinds of development on a map of the target area. In this case, however, the target area is at most a square mile. One workshop will focus on the undeveloped area on 21st St east of the old Eastland Mall. The other will, if I recall correctly, involve the area either side of Peoria between Pine St. and Mohawk Blvd, roughly between the Midland Valley trail and US 75.

The workshops will be held at Booker T. Washington High School (northside) and East Central High School (eastside). Registration begins at 5:30 and the workshops will run from 6 to 9 pm.

These workshops are intended to produce prototypes of small-area plans, and so planners are trying to pick a representative assortment of existing conditions to study. Another set of workshops will be held in January.

For more information contact the City planning department at 576-5684.

MORE: In the comments, Paul has a report from the East Tulsa workshop and a comment about the importance of respecting private property:

I haven't seen all of the proposed guiding principles, goals, and objectives of the new comp plan, but if protecting private ownership and use of real estate is important to a majority of Tulsans, then I think this can be written into the plan.

In my opinion, it will be more effective to create a new comp plan and zoning code which are understandable, fair, and PREDICTABLE. And despite the US Supreme Court's regrettable Kelo v. City of New London decision, I think it would wonderful if the State of Oklahoma, the City of Tulsa, and the Tulsa Development Authority all adopted policy that private land ought not and will not be taken by coercion for private developments.

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Paul said:

I attended the East Tulsa session at East Central HS. Since I don't live in East Tulsa, I tried to serve mostly as an observer and a quasi-facilitator at my table.

The map included the former Eastland Mall at the southwest corner of 21st St and 145th East Ave as well as most of Harvey Young Airport runway.

There were a total of four maps created during the session, and someone from each group presented his or her group's map. It will be interesting to see the digitized composite maps, but at first glance, there seemed to be a trend of placing most of the higher density infill west of 145th East Ave with new buildings along 21st St north of the old Eastland Mall and south of the old Target store.

On three of the maps, I think 21st was perceived as the major connector west toward downtown. On one map, 145th was shown as an important connection to Highway 412 on the north and to Highway 51 and the City of Broken Arrow on the south.

At the beginning of the session, there was a bit of discussion about the need and the desire to preserve private property rights, since most of the land shown on the map is currently private property. There wasn't time to address the issue in any detail. I haven't seen all of the proposed guiding principles, goals, and objectives of the new comp plan, but if protecting private ownership and use of real estate is important to a majority of Tulsans, then I think this can be written into the plan.

In my opinion, it will be more effective to create a new comp plan and zoning code which are understandable, fair, and PREDICTABLE. And despite the US Supreme Court's regrettable Kelo v. City of New London decision, I think it would wonderful if the State of Oklahoma, the City of Tulsa, and the Tulsa Development Authority all adopted policy that private land ought not and will not be taken by coercion for private developments.

Paul said:

Since there is no interchange at 145th East Ave and Highway 412, I could have misunderstood the intent of another group. Perhaps their idea was to go north on 145th to Admiral, then connect to either Highway 412 or Interstate 44 at 129th East Ave or to Highway 412 at 165th East Ave.

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