The Woodward News

February 20, 2014

Commission approves zoning change

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward city commissioners approved an ordinance to rezone a tract of land just west of 1st and Downs during their meeting Tuesday.

The tract, a 2-acre parcel owned by Brian and Holly Johnston, had originally been zoned R-1 (single family dwelling), but a possible sale to Woodward businessman Chris Keeton necessitated the property be zoned C-2 (commercial).

The request had originally drawn some objections from area residents.

Keeton plans for the two acre tract are to construct a high end, climate controlled, indoor storage facility. According to Keeton, the facility would be a top quality building that would also be landscaped and cared for by employees.

At the first hearing in January regarding the rezoning request some in the community who lived near the property expressed concern. However, Keeton provided a plat Tuesday evening that showed the specifics of what he has planned, which satisfied the adjacent land owners.

The rezoning ordinance passed unanimously.

In other business after a hearing regarding the agenda item, commissioners approved a referendum annexing a tract of land in the Shadow Creek Addition located on the southwest corner of 8th Street and Hanks Trail that will eventually be developed into lots for single family homes.

The annexation allows for prospective residents to have access to city services and fire and police protection, according to City Clerk Catherine Coleman.

"It's a developing addition and this way the whole addition will be in the city limits," Coleman said.

It is a positive development for the city because it represents growth, said city manager Alan Riffel.

Commissioners also approved a number of routine agenda items including the January financial report and a facilities use agreement between City of Woodward and Northwest Oklahoma Soccer Association.

Also, Mayor Gary Goetzinger honored Police Capt. Tony Alexander for 25 years of service here.

Alexander entered law enforcement in 1976. He moved to Shattuck and then later served 10 years as Harper County Sheriff before coming to Woodward.