Edmond Plan Actions and Recommendations

Appendix B: Actions and Recommendations Table

Item No. Action/Recommendation Progress Tracking
AR101  Edmond Plan, 2018 should be reviewed regularly and modified if appropriate to ensure that it remains relevant and useful. Policy implemented upon adoption. Summary of updates can be found in Appendix A.
AR102 Edmond Plan, 2018 should be integrated into the development application review process. There is a continuous effort to improve the City's development process.
AR103 Development-related ordinances, incentives and programs should be reviewed regularly to ensure conformance with Edmond Plan, 2018. 2022: Development code update initiated
2022: Launch online development application system
2021: Parking ratios updated in Downtown
2020: TIF District No. 1 approved
AR104 Professional and technical resources such as traffic studies, and other reports should be utilized to ensure an accurate representation of development-related impacts. Policy implemented. See development applications requirements.
AR105 Development-related decisions should include all relevant disciplines and departments. Policy implemented via staff review and memo process.
AR106 Recurring training and discussions about Edmond Plan, 2018 should be established for City Council, Planning Commission, the Central Edmond Urban District Board, Board of Adjustment/Appeals, Capital Improvement Projects Advisory Board, and any other board, commissions, or committees who routinely advise on or make development-related decisions. Long range planning division provides updates to various boards, committees, and commissions. More formalized training on the Edmond Plan should be developed.
AR107 Incorporate relevant indicators/metrics into the long-range planning maintenance process. Indicators incorporated into specific plans such as the East Edmond 2050 Plan and the EdmondShift Long-Range Mobility Plan.
AR401 Support proposals that integrate commercial uses into the community by using sound and attractive site and building design to contribute to a sustainable, walkable environment. Few development proposals take advantage of this city policy. Update to the zoning and subdivision rules might make it easier to accomplish.
AR402 Locate and design schools, parks and community facilities with easy access to nearby residential areas especially in the following Plan Categories: Suburban 1 (S1) Neighborhood, Suburban 2 (S2) Neighborhood, Suburban Infill, Urban Neighborhood, University Neighborhood, Village, Mixed Use Campus, Transit District
Urban Center, and Downtown Core
Long range planning division should explore tangible methods and approaches to enacting this policy, especially for new facilities.
Improvements to existing facilities should also leverage this policy.
AR403 Improve streetscape design standards and continue to use and strengthen maintenance programs that maximize optimal tree growth and canopy development. 2020: changes to streetscape near Stephenson Park incorporated some of these concepts.
AR404 Catalyze redevelopment, rehabilitation, and infill in locations that have experienced long-term disinvestment and deferred maintenance but are strategically significant because they have good access to community assets and/or are in close proximity to recent re-investment activity, by: Ensuring that existing infrastructure is maintained to the highest standard and has sufficient capacity for increased intensity.
Improving connections – physical and social – to civic assets such as parks, schools.
Providing the highest levels of public services such as public safety and community image.
Improving the transportation network.
Improving the development review process.
2020-Oct: TIF District No. 1 approved in the downtown area.
AR405 Strengthen the City’s commitment to maintaining high quality infrastructure and facilities by: Researching, documenting, and adopting best practices for maintaining roadways and their associated infrastructure.
Establishing a program to periodically assess the condition of roads, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, drainage swales, and other City assets associated with the right-of-way.
Establishing minimum assessment values for each roadway type and location.
Aligning the budget and staffing priorities to address areas that do not meet the minimum and need improvement.
Creating and funding by FY2025 a maintenance reserve fund that contains 10% of the City’s total facility value. These funds should be used to repair, rehabilitate, and improve existing facilities.
2019: Project definition completed to ensure data is integrated into GIS and other relevant systems.
AR406 Strengthen the relationship with Edmond Public Schools to address topics such as site selection, school facility expansion and site design, and shared recreational and community spaces.
AR407 Create an education and outreach program for properties near the urban-wildland interface that shows best management practices derived from the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise USA program.  
AR408 Based on the recommendations of the long-range housing demand study (AR440), address emerging concerns with aging apartment complexes such as maintenance, aesthetics, tenant safety, access to open space, access to the transportation network, etc. 2022: Housing study initiated - Edmond HCD.
2020: Housing Study delayed in place of East Edmond Plan and new mobility plan (EdmondShift).
AR409 Create a program for preserving and caring for mature trees that includes identification, recommendations, guidelines, technical assistance, and proactive outreach. 2022: Forest ecosystem study initiated.
2021: Tree preservation ordinance adopted - see Title 21 Sections 01, 02, 03, and 07.
2020: UF drafts tree preservation for review.
AR410 Strengthen the relationship between the City of Edmond and the University of Central Oklahoma by cooperating on the redevelopment of the University Avenue corridor.  
AR411 Incorporate CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) techniques to improve safety and security for residents and visitors. 2022: Scope for updating development codes includes designing for safety.
AR412 Require developments that include private infrastructure to provide the financial capacity to maintain that infrastructure in perpetuity.  
AR413 Conservation/sensitive areas, such as flood plains, remnant forests, and native prairie should be maintained in a natural state and embraced as an asset to nearby uses. Improvements needed to forest and prairie ecosystem protection.
2022: Forest ecosystem study initiated.
AR414 Continue to implement recommendations from the 2012 Green Infrastructure Report and Recommendations, including: Update Sensitive Area analysis and incorporate findings into plan amendment process.
Analyze city ordinances for barriers to low impact development practices.
Strengthen the relationship between the City and local land conservancies.
2022: LID study continues, draft deliverables submitted
early 2021: LID code review contract approved
early 2021: improving land trust discussion continues
Late 2020: COE issued RFP for LID consultant to help with codes.
2019: work on re-establishing functioning land trust; Several EV charging stations installed with air quality grants
AR415 Coordinate with appropriate government entities including the local school district, city, county, state and federal agencies (including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) to help them comply with Edmond Plan, 2018, landscaping rules and guidelines, and other regulatory provisions. Coordinating with allied agencies is an ongoing effort that requires dedication and resources from all participants.
AR416 Continue to implement recommendations from the 2014 Downtown Master Plan, including: Improving parks and open spaces
Pursue the “catalytic projects”
Improve Ayers Avenue to increase safety for people walking, cycling, and riding
late 2022: Ayers reconstruction continues, including re-alignment at Blackwelder. Bike lane added as part of this street project.
early 2021: Ayers pilot project begins construction
2020: TIF good for catalytic projects; Ayers bike lane designed
AR417 Strengthen the Community Connections program to clarify its purpose, specify when and where it applies, and provide valuable data to applicants. Late 2022: city-led community connection meetings come to an end.
AR421 Enhance urban forest resources by properly protecting and managing the Urban Tree Canopy and implementing the recommendations from the Urban Tree Canpoy Report. Early 2021: tree preservation ordinance approved
2020: tree preservation rules being drafted
AR424 Do not support development applications that propose modifications to the 100-year flood plain. See Title 23 and the SWAB process
AR425 Modify codes to protect ecologically sensitive areas and leverage them to enhance the built environment. Evaluate requirements for passive and active open spaces in developments that include more than 30 dwelling units at final buildout. 2022: Development code update initiated.
AR426 Update and improve design standards to maximize compatibility of the built environment related to site design including items such as building height and mass, setbacks, landscaping, lighting, hours of operation, signage, entry/access, materials, parking, and circulation. 2022: Development code update initiated.
AR427 Review and update the I-35 corridor boundaries and design standards to require context sensitive development, maximize economic opportunity, improve community health and wellness, and simplify the development process. 2022: Development code update initiated.
2020: East Edmond Plan will likely inform next steps
2019: Challenges with the overlays identified, both with the various boundaries themselves and the regulations
AR428 Modify City ordinances regarding design/dimensional standards to include maximum lot coverage ratios.  
AR429 Update landscape regulations to reduce discrepancies between the requirements associated with the Urban District, for example, the percentage of a site that is landscaped, parking area landscaping, and streetscape requirements. 2021: Title 22 updated
AR430 If supported by the long-range housing study (AR440), modify Title 22 to allow appropriately sized and designed secondary and accessory dwelling units in appropriate districts to improve diversity, affordability and efficiency of area neighborhoods. 2022: Housing study initiated - Edmond HCD.
2020: Housing Study delayed in place of East Edmond Plan and new mobility plan (EdmondShift).
AR431 Based on the recommendations of the multimodal transportation study (AR501), modify Title 21 to require street designs to enhance neighborhood walkability and limit cut-through traffic. Narrow streets, tee-intersections, roundabouts, on-street parking, and street trees are examples of some of the design practices that can be used. 2022: Development code update initiated
2022: EdmondShift long-range mobility plan approved
2021: mobility plan RFP issued & contract approved
2020: mobility plan funded and will be contracted FY21
AR440 Complete a long-range housing demand study designed to project our community’s demand for various housing types and assess our existing regulations and processes for barriers to meeting the projected demand. 2022: Housing study initiated - Edmond HCD.
2020: Housing Study delayed in place of East Edmond Plan and new mobility plan (EdmondShift).
AR441 Complete a parking assessment/study designed to evaluate: Ordinance-required space ratios including whether those ratios should be different in different locations or Plan Categories;
Management approaches especially for public parking;
Thresholds that should be used to signal when additional public parking or parking management approaches are needed; and,
Strategies to guide redevelopment or infill of existing parking lots.
2022: Development code update initiated
early 2021: parking standards in Urban District modified
2020: DT Parking Plan accepted and implementation initiated
AR442 Complete neighborhood plans that use short-term, relatively simple tasks to make incremental improvements for locations that could benefit from additional focus including: south Broadway corridor (city limits north to approximately 5th St); Boulevard corridor (15th north to Danforth); Route 66; neighborhoods surrounding the downtown core and UCO. 2022: Edmond Builds branded and launched; Chitwood area plan completed & implementation initiated
2021: program details added; preliminary areas ID'd
2020: scope of work drafted; public engagement concepts discussed
AR450 Complete a study that evaluates the costs and benefits associated with various development patterns especially in areas that are currently undeveloped or sparsely developed. The study should include several development alternatives or scenarios and recommended actions associated with each. 2022: Edmond Plan updated to reflect East Edmond 2050 Plan.
2021: East Edmond 2050 Plan completed.
2020: East Edmond 2050 Plan underway with expected completion in Fall/Winter 2021
AR460 Based on the results of the East Edmond 2050 Plan, update the City’s development code, including the following components: Update the Zoning (Title 22), Subdivision (Title 21), and Drainage (Title 23) ordinances to accommodate the future land use scenario as shown on the Plan Category map; Establish a criteria for density bonuses.; Incorporate the use of transfer of development rights (TDR).; Explore the feasibility of using overlay districts. 2022: Development code update initiated
mid-2022: issue RFQ and engage a consultant team to update the City's development codes
AR462 Based on the results of the East Edmond 2050 Plan, modernize the City’s approach to and role in the development process by completing, at least, the following: Create a fiscal checklist to review costs and revenues associated with proposed development.; Encourage the use of conservation easements by partner entities such as the Edmond Land Conservancy (see also AR414); Explore the establishment of assessment districts, especially related to the new Town Square Plan Category.; Create a real property or real estate division.; Create partnerships to establish conservation or mitigation banks. 2022: detailed fiscal studies ongoing; on-call service options explored to help evaluate components of a fiscal checklist
AR464 Based on the results of the East Edmond 2050 Plan, create a fiscally resilient balance between costs, charges, benefits, and value, including, at least, the following: Explore the feasibility of establishing a public safety district.; Explore the use of development impact fees.; Explore the feasibility of implementing utility rates based on location and site-specific characteristics.; Explore the feasibility of a street maintenance fee.; Explore the feasibility of a roadway utility fee.; Explore the feasibility of implementing service adjustments based on level of service. mid-2022: engaged consultant to evaluate revenue structure, especially associated with new water and sewer service
AR501 Create a Multimodal Transportation Plan 2022: EdmondShift Long-Range Mobility Plan approved
mid-2022: EdmondShift planning process nearing conclusion; plan approval targeted for fall 2022
early 2021: on track. proposals received and eval. underway
2020: Funding approved for mobility plan; idea is get under contract by end of FY (June 30, 2021)
AR502 Secure trail easements through the development review process. Trail easements evaluated as part of the development review process.
AR503 Identify and create or construct important trail connections. These projects connect existing trail components to one another and to nearby uses which create an integrated network designed to contribute to diversifying the transportation system. This should be done in concert with the Bicycle Master Plan (amended August 2018). 2022: Trail work includes connection between Rt 66 & Spring Creek; Creek Bend; apply for grant funding
2020: Design connection between Rte 66 and Spring Creek
2018/19: Fox Lake Linkage
AR504 Based on the multimodal transportation plan (AR501), update street design standards to reflect intensities and character described in the Plan Category(ies). 2022: EdmondShift Long-Range Mobility Plan approved
AR525 Based on the multimodal transportation plan (AR501), update Title 21 to clarify how streets are classified and how different land uses should connect to them. 2022: Development code update initiated
2022: EdmondShift Long-Range Mobility Plan approved.
AR601 Create an education and outreach program for owners whose property lies in a flood plain that explains the importance and value of the flood plain and shows them some techniques to help maintain those areas.  
AR602 Identify methods, criterion, and/or ratings to evaluate development applications that improve the effectiveness of natural systems rather than negate, replace, or ignore them. Technological solutions should emphasize the use of nonstructural or natural engineering approaches. These approaches should be consistent with natural resources and processes and preserve and enhance the natural features of Edmond. 2022: first LID study draft deliverable submitted
2021: LID contractor begins study
2020: COE issued RFP for LID study
AR603 Protect the public investment in storm water infrastructure and rights-of-way, including adequate maintenance of the storm water facilities and rights-of-way, control of public lands and timely upgrades and improvements. 2022: expand the area covered by the downtown regional detention facility
2020: improvement storm water inlet inventory details
AR604 Utilize design and construction standards that are environmentally sensitive, safe, cost-effective, and appropriate.
AR605 Continue to plan, construct, and improve multi‑purpose regional detention facilities. 2022: Stephenson Park rehab begins
2021: design for Stephenson Park rehab includes regional detention
2019/20: modifications to the Stephenson Park rehab attempt to include regional detention
AR611 Create an electric utility master plan that assesses the current infrastructure, provides a maintenance program that addresses any deferred maintenance conditions, and provides a capital improvement plan to meet future demand.  
AR701 Create a land acquisition program to provide a variety of sites for economic development activity.  
AR702 Work with local business interests to complete a local economy study that analyzes Edmond’s employment and retail sectors and recommends actions to enhance our economy.  
AR801 Continue to implement projects and recommendations from the 2013 Parks and Recreation Master Plan, including updating the City’s approach to providing neighborhood parks by improving ordinances and guidelines and partnering with allied agencies.  
AR802 Create design standards for park facilities, amenities, and furnishings for maintenance efficiency.