Dear Friends and Neighbors:

Norman is a special place,which has been rated first in the state and 40th in the country of best places to live! I'm proud of that fact, and I believe that our community's unique balance between that of a larger, progressive city and a quiet University town is the key to our exceptional quality of life.

Public service on City Council though is not simply a matter of solving bigger issues for the larger community. First and foremost, it's about representing the interests of individual residents, like you, and working to resolve the many smaller, but equally important problems affecting your families, homes and neighborhoods.

Norman is a wonderful city because of diverse people and interests and points of view. If we wish to protect and enhance the character and values that make Norman such a great place to live, it's important that we work cooperatively together as a community of neighbors, and that our municipal government works for all of us.

I promise to continue to represent your interests, and keep working to ensure that City Hall acts in the best interest of all of the citizens of Norman and not just a select few. In order to do that I have changed this website to be interactive. I want to hear your ideas as well as to keep you informed. I will periodically send out updates on important issues to help keep you informed. Please sign up on the update page.

Sincerely, Tom

Latest News:

High Density Housing Community Dialog Series

The Community Planning and Transportation Committee, chaired by Carol Dillingham, will be hosting a series of Community Dialogues starting in this month. I will post more details and you can check with the City Clerks Office.

Here it is! 

The City of Norman announces upcoming dates, times and locations for a public discussion series regarding city-wide high density regulations. At the May 23rd Community Planning and Transportation Committee meeting, members of the committee discussed the best process to engage citizens in high density development discussion.  From information and discussion from that meeting, six public meetings will be held between June 11 and Aug. 30 to gather public input regarding a number of factors involved in high density development. Additional public meetings may be scheduled, if needed.


The public discussion series will begin with a general orientation and introduction to high density, and then include further meetings regarding high density location and compatibility; mixed use and height regulations; parking, traffic and infrastructure; design criteria; and will conclude with a wrap-up meeting. The initial meeting will be held in the Norman City Council Chambers at 201 West Gray St. and, later, at the Conference Center at the NormanPublic High School at 911 W. Main St.


The information and feedback from these meetings will later be used by the City to help guide future policies.


Citizens wishing to stay informed about the meetings are encouraged to visit the City of Norman website and sign-up for the email list for updates specifically regarding the high density public discussion series. Information for each meeting will be posted on the City’s website, along with materials and presentations from each meeting.


Anyone interested in high density development is invited to attend these meetings. Updates will be available at, the City’s Facebook site and the City’s Twitter account.



High Density Public Discussion Series Schedule:


Meeting 1: General Orientation and Introduction to High Density Development

                   Date – June 11, 2012

                   Location – Norman City Council Chambers (201 W. Gray St.)

                   Time – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm



Meeting 2: Location and Compatibility of High Density Development

                   Date – June 28, 2012

       Location- Conference Center – Norman Public High School                                      

       (911 W. Main St.)

                   Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm



Meeting 3: Mixed Use and Height of High Density Development

                   Date – July 9, 2012

                   Location- Conference Center-Norman Public High School

                   (911 W. Main St.)

                   Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Meeting 4: Parking, Traffic and Infrastructure Needs of High Density Development

                   Date – July 26, 2012

                   Location- Conference Center Norman Public High School

                   (911 W. Main St.)

                   Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm



Meeting 5: Design Criteria of High Density Development

                   Date – August 13, 2012

                   Location- Conference Center-Norman Public High School

                   (911 W. Main St.)

                   Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Meeting 6: Wrap-Up Meeting

                   Date – August 30, 2012

                   Location- City of Norman Council Chambers (201 W. Gray St.)

                   Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


More on Economic Development

There have been quite a few questions about economic development. I wanted you to be aware of this too.

ACOG News Brief: June 1, 2012
Central Oklahomans Asked to Comment on Regional Economic Development Strategy

Central Oklahomans are invited to comment on a regional economic development strategy that will identify opportunities for the region to expand job growth capacity.

Last year, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) received a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the four-county Central Oklahoma region. The area includes Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian and Logan counties.

A CEDS is a long-range plan that analyzes the challenges and opportunities related to economic and community development. It includes proactive strategies and recommendations for achieving economic development objectives, as well as a review of infrastructure projects that will help the region attain these goals.

After the public comment period, the CEDS will be submitted to EDA for approval this summer, with the anticipation that the region can then become a designated Economic Development District (EDD). An EDD designation provides EDA with a regional development strategy by which grant applications from communities and public-private partnerships in the region can be reviewed and funded.

The draft plan is available for download on ACOG’s website at
The comment period runs from June 1 to June 30. Citizens can also request a hard copy by calling ACOG at 234-2264, or by emailing

Written comments may be submitted by postal mail, at ACOG, 21 E. Main Street, Suite 100, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, by fax at 405-234-2200, by email at, on Twitter, or on ACOG’s Facebook page. All comments will be compiled and reviewed by staff and submitted along with the CEDS.


The latest version of the Norman Economic Developement Authority document is now online at the City of Norman website.

There has been significant changes to the document to address the concerns of the public. Please keep in mind the framework of this document is based in state statute. This means there is much in the document that will not apply to the Norman.


I welcome your comments and suggestions.