Proposed Charter Amendment
On April 7, 2020 the City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-08 calling for a municipal election for the City of Choctaw, Oklahoma, to be held on June 30, 2020, regarding a proposed amendment to Section 9.1 (B) of the Charter of the City of Choctaw to establish an additional exception to the density of dwelling requirements for any Council-approved development in the area defined as follows: North boundary N.E. 36th Street, South Boundary N.E. 23rd Street, West Boundary North Henney Road, East Boundary North Choctaw Road (see Future Land Use map below).
The City Council approved Resolution No. 20-12 during their regular meeting on April 21, 2020, to cancel the June 30, 2020 Charter Amendment Election due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The City is not abandoning a charter amendment and plans to schedule a special election in the future. Information related to the charter amendment and FAQ’s will still be available on the City’s website.
What does this mean?
The exception would allow Council to consider and approve developments in this area, and only this area, to exceed the maximum of 8 units per acre, as called for in Section 9.1 (A) of the Charter. The change is in line with the Comprehensive Master Plan, focusing density of dwellings in a defined area with potential to provide more diverse housing options for citizens of Choctaw while still maintaining the rural home-town feel. The ultimate vision of Council is to create an environment conducive to growth opportunity for local small business and to provide options for the citizens of Choctaw to stay and shop in Choctaw, such as mixed-use building concepts with retail on the first floor, office space on the second, and residences on the third floor (see attached “downtown building” photo), thus creating a stay-and-play community and keeping more dollars local. Council is working to keep citizens in Choctaw, supporting local small business, and providing for more diverse housing opportunities.