factorfiction, 3/16/2012 - 10:05am "Echo Skywalk.
Facts will make your story more accurate and therefore more creditable. The Pearl District area is not in a Historic Preservation area and therefore former councilor Barnes attempt to do away with PUD's in those areas would not have helped this situation.
Additionally the TMAPC Chairman allowed Mr. Jamieson his due time that is set forth by the Planning Commission public hearing rules and then some.
I would challenge readers to go to www.tgovonline.org and click on On-demand at the top and then scroll down and find the 3/7/2012 Planning Commission Meeting and watch it for themselves. If this was the controversy that it is being made out to be then why was Mr. Jamieson the only one to speak against the application. Where are the so called herds of angry upset citizens in this area crying foul?
I see only a hand full of people continuously pushing to have this area developed a certain way. If you look at what QuikTrip is really doing in the area they are working to improve it and make it an entry way into an area that can be improved on and redeveloped. They are saying we want to continue to be a part of this area as it changes and support the citizens in this area.
Furthermore before streets can be closed it has to be approved by traffic engineering, the fire marshal, etc. which 10th street has been reviewed and ok'd for. Then streets have to be vacated by the City of Tulsa and then taken to District Court to be finally vacated. It is not a process that is just done over night and not thought about with zero consideration.
Lastly, an application like this will go before the City Council for final approval. INCOG Staff and the TMAPC do not approve anything like this. The TMAPC Commissions recommend approval or denial to the City Council who then has the last say unless taken to Court following their decision. The Process is laid out for citizens to get involved and have the chance to speak out."
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