In 2008, Freese and Nichols developed Midwest City’s first comprehensive plan since 1985. The comprehensive plan has served to guide policy decisions made by the elected officials and City staff. Following the adoption of the comprehensive plan, the City retained our team to implement the comprehensive plan recommendations through the creation of a new zoning ordinance, new airport zoning ordinance and new subdivision ordinance.
With Freese and Nichols, Midwest City had an ambitious plan to provide new zoning districts along with updated development standards to reflect its new comprehensive plan recommendations.
Additionally, Midwest City wanted to relocate various other regulations from stand-alone ordinances such as carports, dwelling sizes, retaining walls, and adult entertainment use regulations into the zoning ordinance. Using a citizen- and developer-based steering committee, the City adopted its new zoning ordinance in October 2010.
Airport Zoning Ordinance
Our team developed a new airport zoning ordinance for the City, which provides regulations primarily for land use, density and height of structures in the area surrounding the Tinker Air Force Base runways to protect the safety of the surrounding population and military activities.
The ordinance was developed based on recommendations provided within the 2006 Air Installation Compatible Use Zone (AICUZ) study and 2008 Joint Land Use Study (JLUS). This ordinance was also adopted in October 2010.
Freese and Nichols developed the City’s subdivision ordinance. Issues identified in the diagnostic report include roadway design, tree preservation, connectivity, residential development design, and topography/soil conservation. Ordinance adoption began in 2011.