Three public hearings set for meeting

The expansion of a nursing and rehabilitation center and a conditional use for a day school are two of the three public hearings set to be heard by the Conway Planning Commission at 7 p.m. tonight at the District Court Building.

The commission moved its regularly scheduled meeting to Tuesday to accomodate the President’s day holiday.

The Salem Place Nursing Home is asking for a conditional use permit to allow expansion of its nursing and rehab center. The building is located at 2401 Christina Lane, and the parcel located next to the center is currently zoned quiet office (O-2), which does not allow a nursing home. The parcel is bounded on three sides by quiet office and on one side by residential (R-1).

If built to capacity, the 2.74 acre parcel could contain up to a 41,774 square foot facility, and traffic indicators show that if that type of facility were used as a nursing home, it would see much fewer vehicle trips than under general quiet office regulations.

The Faulkner County Day School, located at 1700 South Blvd., is asking for a conditional use permit in order to supply additional parking along Ash Street. The parcel under consideration is currently zoned Large Lot Duplex (R-2A).

The concern from the Conway Planning Department comes from the fact that the proposed parking lot will sit within the neighborhood of old, large trees. According to the department, “parking lots and large, existing trees do not mix well, and the risk that much — and potentially all — of the current tree canopy will be damaged or destroyed during construction.”

The commission will also hear a rezoning request that would allow 3.6 acres along Spring Valley Drive to be rezoned R-1 to allow up to 20 single family homes to be built on a parcel currently zoned agricultural (A-1).

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