This week, Shawnee City Commissioners heard about plans for a retirement community near Shawnee Middle School along the west side of Union.

This week, Shawnee City Commissioners heard about plans for a retirement community near Shawnee Middle School along the west side of Union.

A rezone request was submitted to the Shawnee Planning Commission, and now the City Commission.

Community Development Director Justin DeBruin said the applicant, Neiman Brauning, is requesting the rezone of property from A l (Rural Agricultural District) to R3 (Multi-family Residential District) on 20.14 acres at 3900 North Union Street.

The intent is to develop The Grove, a multi-unit retirement community.

Meek Development President Tony Meek said his company is very excited about the opportunity to pursue a development in Shawnee.

“We are seeking rezoning in order to conform to city requirements to develop a 55 years old and up retirement community,” he said. “The concept being designed is one that will be single-story, leasable units in a gated neighborhood.”

He said his business is currently constructing one of these communities in Moore.

“Housing will be accomplished in four- to six-unit, one-story structures, while amenities such as a clubhouse with workout facilities, safe room and meeting room will be included,” DeBruin said.

The development will be required to conform to the Zoning Code, which assures safe and cohesive design for high density residential development, he said. DeBruin said requirements include:

• Parking lots shall be located to the side or behind buildings and shall not dominate the front yard, area;

• Pedestrian access routes shall be provided from the public or private streets to all primary building entrances;

• Lighting shall be directed downward, inward and away from public rights-of-way and adjoining uses. All lighting shall be shielded so that the direct illumination shall be confined to the property boundaries of the light source; and

• Developments with multiple buildings shall use, appropriate architectural variations and use of colors to differentiate buildings within the development.

The board approved the rezone request. City Commissioners James Harrod and Lesa Shaw were not at the meeting.

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