City Commission approves zoning ordinance for Waverly and South Ave.

July 28, 2022 | Featured|Headlines

PONCA CITY — Chris Henderson, Development Services Director, addressed the Ponca City Board of Commissioners during the July 25 board meeting about an ordinance to zone real property, located at 720 South Waverly Street, from R-1 Single Family Residential to C-2 General Commercial.

Henderson said the 1.8 acre site on the northwest side of Waverly and South Ave. used to be the location of a Triple T Store many years ago.

“What you may not know, is when it was annexed into the city, they kept the zoning the way it is which is R1.”

He said when Triple T closed all of the underground storage tanks were removed.

“The location was then purchased by the owner of the On Cue franchise. He bought that corner for the sole purpose of making sure another store chain could be located on that corner. He has held on to the property for over 20 years. The current tenant is a Mexican food restaurant and those owners now get the opportunity to buy all of the property.”

Henderson said the zoning is still residential and that the bank suggested the city upzone the property to reflect its current or intended use.  “This is the gateway in our community,” said Henderson. “You have the Phillips 66 tanks but most of this area remains undeveloped.”

Henderson said the Master Plans dating back as far as 1957 has always envisioned the corner being commercial. “The zoning certificate is certainly consistent with the master plan,” said Henderson. No protest petitions were received and city commissioners approved the ordinance to rezone the area.

Also at the meeting, Mayor Homer Nicholson said he traveled to Washington D.C. and represented the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority.

 Nicholson said he took part in good meetings with Sen. James Lankford and Sen. Jim Inhofe in Capitol Hill.

“I don’t think I got any laws changed but we always sing our song and hope they listen to us,” said Nicholson.

Nicholson then recognized a group of scouts attending the meeting who are working to earn badges.

City manager Craig Stephenson gave monthly reports which included the mention that outside city crews are working 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. because of the heat.

Nicholson commented that it is crazy that the temperature has been 100 degrees by noon.

To watch the meeting in its entirety visit the City’s website

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