Norman

StateImpact Oklahoma
7:12 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Norman Residents Want Input To Oil And Gas Drilling Regulations

Demonstrators outside the Norman City Hall before a city council committee met to discuss changes to oil and gas drilling rules.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

About 60 demonstrators gathered in front of the Norman City Hall Wednesday evening before the city council’s oversight committee met to discuss changes to the Norman’s oil and gas drilling regulations.

The Central Oklahoma Clean Water Coalition hosted the rally. Organizer Casey Holcolm says the current ordinances were written before fracking became so widespread.

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Business and Economy
7:56 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Developer Proposes Apartment Complex In Norman Old Neighborhood

Welcome to Norman sign.
Credit Oklahoma Chapter American Planning Association / Creative Commons/Google Images

Some Norman residents fear the city could lose a quaint part of the community if a 1950's neighborhood is razed to make room for a 4.2-acre apartment complex.

Developers want to build 555 apartments that would include 915 beds in studio apartments or units with from one to four bedrooms. A parking garage would be built in the middle of the complex.

The site is within walking distance of the University of Oklahoma campus.

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Oklahoma Voices
10:46 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Norman Residents Hear About Possibilities Of Banning Fracking At Public Forum

Terry Stowers, a Norman mineral owner attorney and Executive Director of the coalition of Oklahoma Surface and Mineral Owners listens with apparent consternation during a dispute with New York Attorney and activist David Slottje.
Joy Hampton The Norman Transcript

The Lowry Room at the Norman Public Library filled to capacity Monday night, and a mass of people packed into the hallways to listen to a forum on hydraulic fracturing that included an OU scientist, an assistant city attorney, and a lawyer from upstate New York who’s helped communities there ban fracking.

StateImpact’s Logan Layden moderated the event as each panelist made a presentation, and read questions from the audience.

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Oklahoma News
9:49 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Norman City Council Approves Zoning Change At Proposed Wal-Mart Site

The field at 24th Ave. SE and Classen Blvd. in Norman where developers have proposed building a Wal-Mart Supercenter.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

It was 1:00 a.m. when the Norman City Council gave its approval to a zoning change that would allow a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Southeast Norman.

The council told numerous residents speaking against the zoning request that Norman needs the sales tax revenue from the proposed big-box retailer that would be built at Cedar Lane Road between 24th Ave. SE and Classen Boulevard (U.S. 77) just south of State Highway 9.

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OneSix8
10:33 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Shrek The Musical, Reggae Fest & Michael Bublé

Credit Sooner Theatre

Central Oklahoma feels the rhythm with a musical that’s a family favorite and two long-awaited returning acts. 

Families can travel to a land far, far away, or actually just to Main Street in Norman, to watch Sooner Theatre perform Shrek The Musical this weekend.

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Oklahoma News
10:04 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Cleveland County To Demolish Former Jail Building

The Cleveland County Detention Center in downtown Norman
Brian Hardzinski KGOU

Cleveland County commissioners say the former county detention center will be demolished this fall.

The Norman Transcript reports that the former jail site will likely be used for parking while a facilities study is completed. The county's new $26 million jail opened in January 2012.

The building opened in 1984 but was closed two years ago after a new detention center was built. Since then, the building had been used as a temporary holding facility for inmates who were transported to the courthouse for hearings.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:36 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Why Norman Is The Only Oklahoma Town Where Citizens Control the Price of Water

Harold Heiple, chairman of Norman's charter review committee, addresses the city council in Norman June 17.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Norman is the only city in Oklahoma where utility rates are determined by a vote of the people — who aren’t always willing to charge themselves more for water.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:43 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Norman Voters Will Still Decide Water Rates As Charter Change Gets Rejected

Credit Pro-Zak / Flickr Creative Commons

Norman is the only city in Oklahoma where water rate increases require a vote of the public. And as StateImpact reported, a proposal to strike that clause from the city’s charter was before the city council on June 18, which would’ve put the change on the November ballot.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:27 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Norman’s Choice: Wastewater Reuse Or Reliance On Oklahoma City’s Pipelines

Lake Thunderbird, near Norman, Okla., in June 2013.
Kristina And David Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma’s third largest city is at a water crossroads.

Norman is updating its strategic water supply plan to make sure it has enough to meet growing demand over the next 50 years. And the city council’s choice is between reliance on Oklahoma City and water from southeast Oklahoma, or reusing its own wastewater.

After two years of study and public input, more than a dozen plans were narrowed down to two, portfolio 14 and portfolio 13.

Portfolio 14

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:03 am
Tue June 17, 2014

The Unique Way Norman Sets Its Water, Sewer Rates Could Be Changing

Melissa Megginson Flickr Creative Commons

Norman is the only city in Oklahoma that requires water rate increases to be approved through a vote of the people, which at times has stymied attempts to upgrade aging water infrastructure, and makes planning for future expenses difficult.

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