At its most recent meeting on Monday, July 11, the Edmond City Council formally passed a resolution opposing State Question 777 (Oklahoma Right to Farm). Resolution No. 18-16 lays out the reasons for opposition to the proposed question.
"The passage of this question would change the State Constitution and that change would supersede our Edmond processes for land use planning and zoning regulations,” said Mayor Charles Lamb. "This change would limit our ability to fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens.”
The full language of the resolution is as follows:
WHEREAS, the City of Edmond recognizes and appreciates the role of the agricultural industry to the economy, culture, and growth of the State of Oklahoma; and
WHEREAS, the Oklahoma Legislature is tasked with the passage of laws preserving the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Oklahoma, including enabling Oklahoma’s regulatory agencies, local governments, and municipal authorities with the authority to implement said laws; and
WHEREAS, access to clean, high-quality potable water in appropriate quantities is a primary right of the citizens of Edmond, Oklahoma; and
WHEREAS, SQ777 would compromise the City’s ability to provide an ample and safe water supply to its residents at reasonable expense and providing these benefits and infrastructure to its residents, and maintaining them, is an on-going and ever-increasing financial burden for the City of Edmond; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to the authority granted by the Oklahoma Legislature in Title 11 Oklahoma Statutes Section 43, 101, etseq Oklahoma municipalities are empowered with the creation and implementation of land use and zoning regulations to protect the property rights and its citizens enjoyment of their property, in addition to responsible planning for their communities; and
WHEREAS, the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma supersedes any Oklahoma Statute, municipal ordinance, or regulation; and
WHEREAS, the proposed amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution contained in State Question 777 affords protections to a special designated class for the agricultural industry granted to no other industry in Oklahoma and threatens the ability of municipalities to fulfill their statutory obligations to preserve the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Edmond City Council, Formally Opposes State Question 777 and Urges its citizens to reject State Question 777 in affirmation of the obligation of the Oklahoma Legislature, Oklahoma’s Regulatory Agencies, Local Governments, and Municipal Authorities to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the State of Oklahoma.