The Conway City Council will consider an ordinance to change the way residents get notice of rezonings in their neighborhoods. The council will meet at 6 p.m. in the District Court Building at 810 Parkway Street.
Parties requesting a rezoning or conditional use permit currently have to notify residents within 200 feet of the property in question by certified mail. The ordinance would require only USPS First Class mail notification with certificates of mailing. Effectively, this would require the party requesting the rezoning to prove that notice had been sent, not that it had been both sent and actually received by a person at the address.
Bryan Patrick, the city’s planning director, wrote in a memo to the council that the change would save applicants sending notice to 20 neighboring property owners about $100.
The ordinance would also do away with the requirement that the applicant draft their own ordinance for the rezoning. This requirement was meant to save time for city workers in the days when all ordinances were typewritten, and is outdated with the current system of electronic standard-form ordinances, according to Patrick.
In other business, the council will hold public hearings to discuss closing part of South Baridon Street in the Bear’s Den subdivision and the closing of an east-west alley near 815 4th Avenue and also consider:
• A resolution setting a public hearing to discuss the closing of an alley between Lots 110 and 111 and a portion of street right of way on McKennon Street in the Village at Hendrix Phase I;
• Accepting the nomination of Dwayne Young for the Board of Housing Authority Commissioner for a five year term;
• An agreement with University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service for horticulture program funding;
• An ordinance to rezone property located on the southwest corner of Factory Street and Polk Street from R-2A to O-2;
• An ordinance to rezone property located immediately east of the termination of South Baridon Street from R-2 to MF-3;
• An ordinance to rezone property located on the west side of Fourth Avenue mid-block between Oak Street and Maple Street from R-2 to C-3;
• A conditional use permit from Hendrix College to allow a columbarium for property located within the Hendrix Campus between Green Chapel and Trieshmann Fine Arts building at 1600 Washington Avenue;
• A request for a conditional use permit from Krystal Perry to allow child care (in-home day) in a specific plan (T5 Urban Zone) for property located at 1262 Spencer Street;
• A request for a conditional use permit from Scott Hayes to allow MF-1 density in an R-2A district for property located at the northeast and southeast corners of Monroe and Factory Streets.
• An ordinance appropriating funds to purchase replacement equipment (a SCBA air compressor) for the Conway Fire Department;
• An agreement with MEMS for ambulance services for the City of Conway, and
• Approval of the monthly finance report ending Dec. 31, 2013.
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