Discussion of a rezoning that would allow high-density apartment development on Prince Street will probably draw the crowd at Tuesday night’s Conway City Council meeting.
The proposed rezoning from A-1 agricultural to MF-3 multi-family would allow for the maximum number of apartment units, 12, on the half-acre property, which is on the south side of Prince Street where it goes over the hill between Country Club Road and Hogan Lane. The Conway Planning Commission voted 7-2 to recommend the rezoning be denied due to traffic and drainage concerns mostly expressed by residents of the Turnberry and Shady Valley subdivisions on the north side of Prince Street.
The hill and a slight curve in the road means that proposed apartment traffic can’t see very far down the road. On the other hand land immediately west of the proposed rezoning is zoned MF-3, some of which this applicant already owns, though no apartments have been built there, and there will be more detailed proposals by the applicant, DT Real Estate LLC, to address traffic, drainage and other concerns.
Also on the agenda is further discussion of a proposed ordinance to require licenses for door-to-door peddlers. City Attorney Michael Murphy said that his office has been researching a way to make the law as unobtrusive as possible for groups like girl scouts and high school organizations that have some degree of peddling as their main fundraising method while not creating a constitutional equal protection issue with more commercial-oriented peddlers.
We should see an update on where the city is at with the peddling license ordinance and allow more public input, but the issue probably won’t be decided on Tuesday night.
In other business, the council will consider:
• The nomination of Ray Kordsmeier to the Conway Corporation board of Directors for a seven-year term;
• Bids received for traffic signal improvements at Oak Street and Harkrider Street;
• An agreement with Entergy to relocate electric power lines along Sturgis Road at South Interchange;
• Appvoing the appraisal values for right of way required for South Donaghey — Favre Lane roundabout.
• A resolution authorizing the City Attorney to proceed with condemnation to acquire Tract 1 Right of Way on South Donaghey;
• Approving quotes received for asphalt paving for 2014 Projects;
• Approving quotes received for 5 year Loan for financing Western Loop South Interchange (Structures & Grading);
• An ordinance authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a 5 year financing agreement to fund the Western Loop South Interchange (Structures & Grading);
• The nomination of Jerry Gipson for the position on the MEMS Board of Directors as the City of Conway representative;
• Consideration to approve travel expenses for sixteen full time District Court workers (it’s likely that this item will not actually be discussed);
• Approving bids received for CNG kits for the Conway Police Department;
• An ordinance accepting donated funds from the Rescue Waggin’ program for the Conway Animal Welfare Unit;
• Discussion of the notification of the termination letter for airport services for the existing Conway Municipal Airport.
(Staff writer Joe Lamb, can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 505-1277. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)