The Altus City Planning Commission was set to meet again at 4 p.m. today in City Council Chambers for a public hearing to rezone the 1200-1310 block of N. Park Lane near Falcon Road, as proposed by owner of Falcon Terrace L.L.C., Michael K. Duffy. However, some nearby residents are opposed.
The Planning Department has recommended that City Council approve the ordinance to rezone the tract of land from a Suburban Commercial to an Auto Urban Commercial classification.
Of the 86 property owners within 300 feet of the tract, six residents have called to issue a complaint, two residents have submitted letters of opposition as well as the English Village Ownership Association, and a petition of 23 signatures have all been submitted to stop the rezoning proposal.
The tract of land, formerly a mobile home park, is also the proposed site for an air medical response team, Air Evac Lifeteam of West Plains, Mich., expected to have a helicopter pad, an office building, and an above ground fuel tank. Having a medivac would mean speedy transportation by air lift rather than ambulance to a medical facility, and also coordination with other medical teams in the area to include Jackson County EMS and Jackson County Memorial Hospital.
Those opposed to this possible outcome believe that the values of their property will go down for being in a commercially used helicopter flight path and for excessive noise during take off and landing. Having an above ground fuel tank has raised the question on safety. There is also a concern for the quality of life for nearby nursing home residents and veteran residents in the area who might suffer from PTSD.
City Council will meet tonight at 6:30 to consider this and other items on the consent agenda.