Metro Area Master Plan
The Wagoner Metropolitan Area Master Plan is an official statement of the city and county legislative bodies, containing major goals and policies regarding future physical development. It represents, as best possible, the interest of the area and its citizens. The Plan is to serve as a framework for public and private decision-makers in making choices regarding the physical aspects of the planning area that best reflect the physical attributes of the land and established desirable development trends.
The Wagoner Metropolitan Area Plan consists of two separate plans, the City Plan and the County Plan. The two are integrated to form the Metropolitan Area Plan. Both plans recognize existing land uses and zoning patterns but also try to provide guidance for future development. The County Plan recognizes the need for vast areas of undeveloped farmland and recommends the continued use of this valuable resource. At the same time the plan also recognizes intense development pressures occurring in the western portion of the county and makes recommendations to manage this development in a logical manner, ensuring compatibility with the City of Broken Arrow. The City Plan recommends continued and extensive use of underdeveloped areas already served with utilities, and gives guidance for future development actions.
The Plan was devised to provide the Wagoner Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, as well as the City Council and County Commissioners, with a set of flexible guidelines that would be applicable to all areas of the county. The concept provides for a wide variety of uses throughout the planning area which would be limited to particular development intensities according to available access, existing development and natural features. It is a general statement of community aspirations, intended to achieve certain basic ends, including:
- creating a functional, healthful and viable physical environment as a setting for residential and business activities in Wagoner County;
- guiding the implementation of area-wide development policies; and
- bringing technical knowledge to bear on the decision-making process.
The plan, however, is not forever. An attempt has been made to provide adequate flexibility and latitude to facilitate changing development trends and community desires. Because situations and people will change, sometimes dramatically, it is quite likely that the plan will need to be amended at some future point in time. The plan, and particularly the associated zoning ordinance and sub-division regulations, should be continuously monitored by the Planning Commission to detect points which conflict with changing conditions and updated to reflect more recent data, development changes and significant policy modifications.
The Master Plan is divided into four sections: Introduction, Goals and Policies to guide the planning area’s physical development illustrated by the plan maps, Data Base which includes the inventory of the planning area and its physical and demographic conditions, and the Plan Concept and Methodology consisting of the intensity designation methodology, land suitability and the transportation plan. In addition to the Plan, Subdivision Regulations and a Zoning Ordinance were developed as tools to implement the plan. These are found in separate documents.
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