Tulsa residents given chance to sound off on city's River Design Overlay

Posted at 12:37 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 20:17:02-04

The public was given a chance to sound off on the newly-adopted River Design Overlay, which was approved by the city council Wednesday. 

The River Design Overlay (RDO) is designed to regulate future building placement, parking and signage along the Arkansas River, according to the Arkansas River Corridor master plan and the City of Tulsa's comprehensive plan.

Planning commissioners say designs must focus on river orientation and pedestrian connections to the River Trail system and to other parts of the river corridor.  

Many public groups like Tulsa River Users on Facebook say they want to keep parks along Riverside Drive. 

While Wednesday's meeting gave residents the chance to voice their concerns about potential, or lack thereof, development, the decision to allow future development at Helmerich Park remained unclear. 

Now, city council must re-designate a zoning status for the park before passing it back to the planning commissioners. 


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