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Mustang preparing for commercial growth

Construction is being prepared around Mustang.

By Jacob Sturm

A new housing development is in progress just south of the train tracks on Mustang Road.

In the latest Mustang City Manager Report (April 1), the development on the corner of S. Mustang Road and SW. 89th Street had an update for the public to access. Gabe’s Crossing Addition will contain 27 residential lots and one commercial parcel on the north side.

The report indicates all infrastructure is completed and the staff is waiting for test results and the bond submittal as of April 1.

Mustang’s Director of Planning, Melissa Helsel, said the PUD took longer than usual to get going due to the railroad approval the development had to acquire. The developers needed the approval to put water lines into the railroad easement.

“In 2021, we did the most new housing starts that we have had in 10 years,” Helsel said.

Helsel said she didn’t think the market for houses is getting busier than normal as much as it is just staying the same.

“Mustang has been pretty steady,” Helsel said. “I mean, I got here in 2002 and it was extremely busy, and it stayed steady until about 2008 when all the markets seemed to crash. And then 2012 it picked back up and it’s been pretty steady since then.”

The planning commission standards for new developments changes depending on the development type. For single-family residence properties, the Planning Commission uses the International Residential Code.

Commercial structures are different. They Planning Commission uses the International Building Code. Helsel said the code is available to everyone in the country, but not all municipalities have to adopt it.

These codes are usually updated every three years. In Oklahoma, that goes through The Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission. That group is funded through permit fees and they determine when the state will transition to the new code.

Helsel said Mustang usually updates their codes when the state does, but indicated that it isn’t always the case where that happens. Those updates have to go through the City Council for approval before they are in effect.

“We have a comprehensive plan for Mustang, and that also kind of guides the decision making when it comes to zoning and development,” Helsel said. “We have kind of a plan that shows what we foresee for the future here.”

Those plans are usually viewing the city in a 30-year timeframe. Those plans are usually updated a little every five years, with the plan extending the same period of time at the end of the plan. Helsel also said every 15 years may require a new plan.

The speed Mustang is growing impacts these plans, and can even require a new plan to be made to adapt to the city’s rapid growth. Helsel also said the city had done a whole new plan a couple of years ago.

“You can’t adapt the old one for too long if the city’s changing enough,” Helsel said.

Planned Unit Developments are discussed prior to action being taken at the Mustang City Council and Planning Commission meetings.

City Council meetings take place in the Council Chambers. They meet at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in the Mustang Municipal Building at 1501 N. Mustang Road. Meetings are also broadcast on Cox Cable channel 20.

The Planning Commission meets on the second Tuesday of the month in the Council Chambers in City Hall. That is located at 1501 N. Mustang Road.



  1. Jan Morgan on April 15, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    There too many housing huge housing developments around Mustang.
    The one on SW 89 that goes to SW 104th it is not only destroying beautiful forests, but adding to the additional burden of traffic in SW 89th, SW 104th, Council as well as Morgan Rd,
    These roads tend to develop many large potholes even after resurfacing.
    They were not built for this type of heavy traffic.
    Soon these roads will be like Memorial Rd. On the Northside of Oklahoma City! Horrible
    Why is this being allowed to happen with small houses crammed tightly together.
    I am not the only person concerned with overdevelopment. Everyone I have spoken with is concerned and unhappy about overdevelopment in the Mustang area.
    I presume it is all about the tax revenue=$$$$$$$$$$$$ for the city to squander.
    Please hit the pause and think this through throughly.
    Jan Morgan

    • Jon LaPuzza on April 27, 2023 at 11:09 am

      I agree. It is getting very congested. However, Mustang’s authority and tax revenue is confined within it’s boundaries. Anything south of SW 89th St and East of County Line Rd is outside of their purview. That is Oklahoma City limits. Sure, it’s mostly Mustang School District but that is not bringing in tax revenue to Mustang itself for the general fund for the town of Mustang (from what I understand). The property taxes in that area go to the school district. The area is exploding and is no longer a small town with close access to the city. It’s very much part of the city now. I will say that I have enjoyed having things much closer to me than previous decades but it does come at a cost. Still better than living off Memorial Rd or 240.

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