Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Walker Park neighborhood rezoning plan available for inspection


FAYETTEVILLE, AR - The proposed rezoning for the Walker Park Neighborhood will be on display in the Planning office from April 14 to April 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The rezoning proposal was developed during a charrette held in the fall of 2007 and will be heard by the Planning Commission on April 28, 2007. The display will allow property owners and stakeholders to ask questions and give informal comments to planners before the first public hearing.

Over 200 residents, business owners and other stakeholders participated in the week-long charrette in September of 2007 to create a master plan for the neighborhood roughly bounded by 15th Street, Huntsville Road, the Downtown Master Plan boundary and South School Avenue. Among the recommendations made in the plan was a proposal to change the zoning to reflect existing uses and encourage appropriate infill development. The mostly single-family residential area is currently zoned for multi-family dwellings, 24 units per acre.

The proposed zoning changes the residential areas to Neighborhood Conservation and Downtown General. Neighborhood Conservation allows single- and two-family dwellings, and Downtown General allows cultural and recreational facilities, offices, eating places, neighborhood shopping goods, home occupations and multi-family dwellings in addition to the uses allowed in Neighborhood Conservation. The intersection of South School Avenue and 15th Street, which is currently zoned as Commercial Thoroughfare, has a proposed rezoning of Main Street Center. The uses allowed in both zoning designations are similar, but Main Street Center allows for reduced setbacks and requires internalized parking, creating a more pedestrian-friendly streetscape."

CONTACT: Karen Minkel
Senior Long Range Planner

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