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Owasso Planning Manager Karl Fritschen reviews the GrOwasso 2030 Land Use Master Plan with local citizens in September. ART HADDAWAY/Owasso Reporter

The City of Owasso held an informational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20, regarding proposed updates to its GrOwasso 2030 Land Use Master Plan.

The plan, adopted by City Council on July 15, 2014, provides a blueprint for growth and development in the City of Owasso over the next 20 years.

Based on public outreach and input from a steering committee, the plan consists of a flexible land use plan map and text document that contains data, specific goals, action plans and recommendations for land use and development in Owasso.

On Wednesday, Owasso Planning Manager Karl Fritschen, along with Assistant City Planner Morgan Pemberton and Development Services Manager Brian Dempster, provided an overview, received public input and answered questions about proposed updates to the plan.

The City prescribes these changes based on a variety of factors, including emerging growth patterns, transportation system developments, sanitary sewer improvements and more. Last week’s meeting served as the City’s fifth update to the plan.

Fritschen outlined 21 recommended updates to the 2030 Land Use Master Plan, which includes one area to be changed “to public” zoning, four “to transitional” and the remaining 16 “to commercial.”

Public zoning refers to government and quasi-government facilities; traditional represents a transition zone from single-family residential development to non-residential development; and commercial refers to areas of retail trade and services.

Seventy-six percent of the proposed updates include areas to be changed “to commercial” to accommodate ongoing commercial growth, which serves as the primary source of revenue for the City.

For more information about the City of Owasso’s GrOwasso 2030 Land Use Master Plan, visit cityofowasso.com/356/GrOwasso-Land-Use-Plan.