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01-21-2015, 09:58 AM
Thanks Spartan, I am currently undecided on what SPECIFICALLY I want to do, I just know I'm on that path somewhere. Once I finish my associates I hope to pursue my bachelors

06-09-2015, 01:05 PM
Via the planokc website:

planokc public hearing and adoption by the Planning Commission
Published 6/2/2015

On June 11, 2015, planokc will be presented for adoption by the Planning Commission at its regularly scheduled meeting, which begins at 1:30 pm on the 3rd floor of City Hall (200 N Walker). There will be a presentation from the Planning Department with a question and discussion period following. It is expected that planokc will be presented to the City Council for adoption in late June.

planOKC (

And via a planokc email blast:

planokc Adoption

The City’s new citywide comprehensive plan, planokc, is scheduled to be heard at two upcoming public meetings. These meetings mark the end of a 5-year planning effort that has involved extensive public involvement and thorough analysis and study.

The Plan is scheduled for adoption by Planning Commission on Thursday, June 11 at City Hall, 200 N Walker Avenue, Council Chambers, 3rd floor at 1:30 p.m. Once adopted by the Planning Commission, planokc will be in effect, and a digital version of the Plan will be activated at planOKC ( Another public meeting to receive the Plan by concurrent adoption will be held at City Council on Tuesday, June 23 at 8:30 a.m. in the same location. Anyone is welcome to attend and speak at these public hearings.

07-21-2015, 09:20 AM
planokc was adopted by Council today, 9-0. The website currently appears down, but I'm sure it'll be back up soon.

07-21-2015, 02:00 PM
Here is the full presentation:

07-21-2015, 02:22 PM
I think this is great news for OKC! I hope they stick to it.

07-21-2015, 02:57 PM
There is a lot of planning specific jargon in the document. Practically, what does all of this mean? What will be changing from what we are doing now and when?

07-21-2015, 03:33 PM
There is a lot of planning specific jargon in the document. Practically, what does all of this mean? What will be changing from what we are doing now and when?

It means a lot of different things for development, transportation, City services, and more. I would recommend watching the Council meeting from this morning. Aubrey Hammontree explains it in basic terms.

07-21-2015, 03:43 PM
^Will do. Thanks!

04-01-2016, 12:48 PM
Preservation plan: OKC to start shaping historic site guidelines

By: Brian Brus The Journal Record March 31, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – City Hall will begin shaping its first historic site preservation plan with a public forum Tuesday night, officials said.

PreserveOKC comes from work done on PlanOKC, the comprehensive map for the next 20 years of development, which was finalized last year. Whereas PlanOKC took a wide perspective to help direct development of transportation, culture, retail, schools and safety, PreserveOKC will focus on the age of buildings within those areas.

Although preservation for its own sake can help improve a community’s culture by highlighting its history, City Historic Preservation Officer Katie Friddle said a policy map like PreserveOKC will have an economic impact as well. Renovations produce jobs and tax revenue while avoiding wholesale demolition; they make use of existing materials more efficiently in the long run, she said.

Friddle cited buildings such as the Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, the Aldridge in Shawnee and the 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City as successful examples that have attracted investors with an eye to turning profit.

Thirty-five states have historic tax credit programs, according to research by Wiggin Properties LLC released recently by the Urban Land Institute. The study found that Oklahoma’s historic tax credit program has produced $84 million in credits since it was launched, or about $5 million per year. Those deals produced $8 million in investment for every $1 million of state credit.

Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics, is preparing a new study of state and federal tax credits for historical preservation in Oklahoma, expected for release in June, Friddle said.

Lynda Ozan, architectural historian at the Oklahoma Historical Society, said being listed in the National Register of Historic Places provides recognition, limited protection and sometimes financial incentives for important properties. Ozan’s office identifies, evaluates and nominates properties for the designation.

The organization announced two new listings to the register in Oklahoma on Thursday: the Excelsior Library in Guthrie, an important African-American learning center built during the beginning of the civil rights movement; and the Lincoln Plaza Historic District in Oklahoma City, representing the culmination of Oklahoma City postwar expansion encouraged by civic and political leaders in the 1940s and 1950s.

Ozan said historic recognition programs help translate subjective aesthetic values to objective dollar figures. Unfortunately, sometimes the community struggles with finding a new use for an old site, as has been the case with the Gold Dome Building on NW 23rd Street in Oklahoma City, she said.

The first PreserveOKC meeting will kick off with a public discussion at 6:30 p.m. April 5 in the Civic Center Music Hall’s Meinders Hall of Mirrors, 201 N. Walker Ave.