71st Street Corridor Revitalization Project
The City of Tulsa is launching an effort to promote redevelopment and enhance the appearance of the 71st Street shopping corridor, from just west of Memorial Dr. to Garnett Rd. There are three main components, outlined below, that will make 71st Street more appealing for redevelopment and reinvestment, and a more pleasant place to visit, shop, work, and live.
Simplifying Zoning Standards
The City is working to make it easier to open new businesses by simplifying the extremely complicated zoning regulations along 71st Street between Garnett Rd and just west of Memorial Dr (see interactive map).
The area is full of Planned Unit Developments (PUDs), customized zoning regulations for individual properties adopted starting in the 1970s, when developers and city officials had very different objectives than today. Those rules often require buildings to be placed very far away from the street behind massive parking lots, without any requirements for trees or landscaping, and they severely limit uses on each property.
Over the years, these PUDs have been amended more than 200 times, creating several layers of confusing rules.
This has made it virtually impossible for developers, business owners, and property owners to easily understand what is and is not allowed on an individual property, preventing reinvestment and redevelopment. The result today is a major shopping corridor that is showing its age while also being difficult to redevelop.
Because this corridor is so important to the local economy, the City proposes replacing the complex, restrictive PUDs with one simple, modern, standardized set of zoning regulations for the entire corridor.
This will allow property owners and business owners more flexibility to adapt these properties to modern needs and to keep up with growing competition from areas that do not face the same restrictive, outdated regulations.
The new rules will be far easier to understand and will encourage redevelopment and reinvestment, while enhancing the area’s appearance over time.
Overhauling the planted medians along 71st St. is a major priority, and work has already begun to prune, replace, and plant trees from Riverside Dr. to Highway 169.
Additional efforts include new sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, and other streetscape elements, from west of Memorial Dr. to Highway 169.
Those projects will be funded over then next 10-15 years by a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district associated with the new Scheel’s store under construction at Woodland Hills Mall, and by City of Tulsa right-of-way maintenance funds.
The Scheel’s store will also include hundreds of new trees and extensive landscaping around their building and parking lot.
Commercial Redevelopment Incentives
Support for businesses along this corridor is being made available through the City’s Commercial Revitalization Revolving Loan Fund, a flexible loan program for small businesses and property developers looking to expand in key commercial corridors, along with the City’s Retail Incentive Program and Economic Development Infrastructure Fund.
Draft Corridor Plan
Want to learn the specifics of the rezoning proposal? Click here to download a PDF of the draft corridor plan.
Jan. 2023: Internal Meetings & Research
Feb.-Mar.: Zoning Proposal Developed
Mar. 22: Planning Commission Work Session
Mar. 23: 71st Street Feedback Meeting, with representative real estate brokers and attorneys
Apr.-Jul.: Collect comments from stakeholder group & Refine Proposal
Sep. 5: Notices mailed to 774 property owners in the zoning change boundary and within 300 feet of the zoning change. Notices included information about the community meeting, Planning Commission hearing, an overview of the zoning proposal, beautification efforts, and commercial revitalization funds available, along with maps of the existing and proposed zoning.
→Sep. 25, 6 p.m.: Community Meeting at Union High School
→Oct. 18, 1 p.m., City Hall: Planning Commission Hearing
Nov.: City Council UED Committee Meeting & First Reading
Dec.: City Council Adopts, Mayor Signs, and the Ordinance is Published in Tulsa World
Jan. 2024: Zoning changes take effect 30 days after publication in Tulsa World
If you have questions about the rezoning proposal, please contact Tulsa Planning Office staff at 918-596-7526 or send an email to email@example.com.