Sprawl: OKCs Unique 621 Square Mile Permutation is a free public meeting slated from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, in the Grand Ballroom of the Oklahoma City Marriott, 3233 Northwest Expressway.
OKC is virtually alone among cities in terms of attempting to provide municipal services to such a large geographic area, said Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid in a statement. Our current pattern of development is having an impact on every city department. Everyone has a stake as it is the taxpayer and our children who will be responsible for the increasing costs.
Oklahoma City ranks eighth among the top 10 U.S. cities by area, ahead of Houston and Phoenix.
The event includes the following speakers and subjects:
Blair Humphreys, executive director of the Institute for Quality Communities, defining sprawl
OKC City Manager Jim Couch, OKCs unique permutation
Councilman Shadid, the impact of sprawl on public health
Russell Claus, OKC planning director, sprawl and OKCs Comprehensive Plan
Fire Chief Keith Bryant, sprawl and the OKC Fire Department
Police Chief Bill Citty, the impact of sprawl on the OKC Police Department
Public Transportation and Parking Director Rick Cain, sprawl and the transit system
Utilities Director Marsha Slaughter, the impact of sprawl on the Utilities Department
MAPS Program Manager Eric Wenger, sprawl and the Public Works Department
Development Services Director Bob Tener, the impact of sprawl on code enforcement
Shadid said he encourages maximum public participation at the event. For more information, call 297-2402.
Photo by Shannon Cornman