Farmland in west Fayetteville good for services, commission says

Intervention by the Commission

The Fayetteville Planning Commission met on Monday and approved:

A development plan for a 48,000 square foot expansion of Marshalltown USA into the city’s industrial park. The company currently has a 420,000 square foot building.

Rezoning of 1.35 acres northwest of South School Avenue and 22nd Street from a commercial thoroughfare to a community service area.

It was also the last meeting of commissioners Leslie Belden and Rob Sharp. Mary McGetrick, Andrew Brink and Joseph Holcomb will join the commission. Sarah Sparkman was chosen as chair.

Source: Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE — Planning commissioners on Monday recommended rezoning a parcel of farmland on the west side of town for a mix of commercial and residential uses.

The commission voted 8-0 to rezone 3.5 acres between Interstate 49 on the west and Stephen Carr Memorial Boulevard on the east. The city’s new police headquarters and fire substation under construction are to the east of the lot.

The land is zoned for agricultural use and has two single-family homes. Planning commissioners have recommended changing the zoning to community services, which allows small retail businesses, single and multi-family dwellings, offices and institutional uses such as churches or schools. The city council will have the final say on zoning.

Seth Mims of Specialized Real Estate Group made the request to the commission and said the current zoning for agricultural use is inappropriate for land between a highway and a main street.

“We’re really looking to find the highest and best use of the property, and this rezoning request is an important part of the process,” he said.

No development plan has yet been shared with the city. No one from the public spoke about the request.

Commissioner Leslie Belden said the rezoning was appropriate given that land immediately to the north is also zoned for community services and land to the south is set up with a church.

In other cases, the commission voted 8 to 0 to recommend the creation of a new type of street classification for trailhead parking.

The new type of street would feature 19 feet deep for cars to park at a 90 degree angle, with two lanes of traffic and 36 feet of green space. The layout was specifically designed for a portion of Smokehouse Trail south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Rupple Road.

The road leads to the Kessler Mountain Regional Park trailhead. The trailhead does not have dedicated public parking; however, the parking lot was set up on private land on the west side of Smokehouse Trail, said Britin Bostick, the city’s long-term planner.

The road is narrow with no turning space, so planners opted for 90-degree parking which would allow cars to reverse in the direction they need to go. City planners generally don’t approve of cars backing into traffic, so the new street classification would have limited application, Bostick said.

Other potential locations would be the Mount Sequoyah trailhead parking lot or the trailhead in the northwest part of Centennial Park, she said.

The city council’s transport committee will review the design.

Amalia H. Mercado