Broken Arrow neighbors clash over splitting property

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 2/26 7:36 pm Published: 2/26 4:30 pm

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Broken Arrow neighbors have to choose sides after one property owner asked the city to re-zone his land to allow him to split it up.

The neighborhood off Elm Place at 128th St.

The owner, John Parks, wants to split one 2.6 acre lot into three smaller properties. Some neighbors are trying to stop him and said that the owner will pack too many homes into the spacious neighborhood.

Neighbor Michael Sisson lives a few houses down and told FOX23 the reason people love the neighborhood is because they all have more than an acre of land and that keeps it quiet.

Upset neighbors sent Parks a letter about their fears that a split would lead to more homes, more traffic, and more development.

When the neighborhood was built it wasn’t part of Broken Arrow and the neighbors signed an agreement saying they wouldn’t split their property into sections smaller than 1.15 acres. That agreement expired 12 years ago and now the neighborhood is subject to Broken Arrow zoning laws that allow property to be split into much smaller sections.

Now Parks wants to split his mother’s property. She’s in a nursing home and Parks told FOX23 he feels obligated to make as much money for her estate as possible. He said splitting the property into three sections instead of two will do that. He plans to keep one of the three lots so even though he would sell two lots; only one new house would be built.

Neighbors created a petition to try and stop the city from re-zoning the property and allowing Parks to split it up. They plan to present their petition at a public meeting of the Broken Arrow Planning Commission tomorrow night.

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