OKC hesitant to let land go due to revenue potential

Staff, planning board split on de-annexation

Oklahoma City spokesperson Kristy Yager said it has not been Oklahoma City’s practice to give away land.

“We last de-annexed just an eighth of an acre in north Oklahoma City,” she said. Before that, Yager said she could not recall any other recent cases and nothing to the size that is currently being proposed.

“Oklahoma City would forgo future sales and property tax revenues if the area is developed,” a Sept. 8 OKC staff report stated. It went on to report that if approved, it could bring more development pressure to the west of Mustang Road and east of Sara Road. “It is likely future de-annexation requests would be proposed,” the report stated.

Oklahoma City’s planning staff report it has been the city’s long-standing goal to “protect the character of rural areas.”

The current comprehensive plan states this goal as, “Oklahoma City’s rural areas are protected from encroachment of urban/suburban densities,” according to the staff report.

Staff went on to estimate that if the land is de-annexed and developed as proposed, Mustang’s potential revenue could range from $192,000 to $549,000 per year, while potential savings to the City of Oklahoma City is estimated at $70,700 per year, the staff report states. The city currently collects only $1,325 in property taxes from the land annually but staff anticipates if the land were developed, increase property values would bring in $98,000 in potential revenue.

The potential savings to OKC breaks down to $11,700 a year for road maintenance of the eastern half (southbound lane) of Mustang Road, OKC staff outlined in their report. Then another $3,000 a year would be saved for fire service and $56,00 for police services.

The city’s planning staff went on to recommend denial of the de-annexation request in their staff report. But if the planning commission recommended approval, staff recommended there be a modification of the proposed new boundaries using distinguishable features like section lines, ridgelines and full extent of street rights-of-way. They also proposed that the de-annexation “be contingent on an agreement between the City of Oklahoma City and the City of Mustang defining how future development, infrastructure and provision of services will be coordinated between the municipalities.”

In another part of the staff report, OKC would not be able to bring infrastructure to the area for the next 20-40 years, based on current long-range planning projects.

The Oklahoma City councilmember that serves the area where the land is located is Larry McAtee of Ward 3. He can be reached at 297-2402 or by email at [email protected]

To find more information about the OKC city council and its other members, visit www.okc.gov/government/city-council.

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