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Planning Commission recommends Lewis Crossing rezoning

Posted: April 21, 2014 - 9:19pm
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Proposed area to be rezoned from I-3, intensive industrial, to C-3, intensive commercial.
Proposed area to be rezoned from I-3, intensive industrial, to C-3, intensive commercial.

The City of Conway Planning Commission approved a preliminary plat for a new subdivision on Beaver Fork Lake, approved a rezoning request for the Lewis Crossing Shopping Center and approved three conditional use permit requests including an adult day care center, church and learning center and residential office space at Monday night's planning commission meeting.

Sunset Point Preliminary Subdivision 

The planning commission unanimously approved a preliminary plat that proposes to create seven single-family lots in the Conway Territorial Jurisdiction of Beaverfork Lake.

The Sunset Point Subdivision would be located on a peninsula in Beaverfork Lake. Applicant Phil Kirkland, of Conway, has proposed turning Beaverfork Place into a cul-de-sac street. The planning commission unanimously approved this request.

Lewis Crossing Rezoning 

Stephen Giles, a land development attorney from Little Rock representing Rush-Hal and Mary Lewis in the redevelopment of the Lewis Livestock Sale Barn site, received unanimous approval from the planning commission to rezone the site to C-3, intensive commercial.

A 400,000-SF shopping center consisting of shop space and outparcels known as Lewis Crossing Shopping Center has been proposed for the site.  

The site is currently zoned I-3, intensive industrial. Bryan Patrick, director of planning for the City of Conway, said in his review, with a rezoning to C-3 and developed as a major shopping center, 14,000 vehicle trips per day could be expected. 

The city has been in discussions with potential developers and the Arkansas Highway Department about necessary street improvements to develop a large shopping center including rerouting of the existing off ramp, use of roundabouts and new traffic signalization.

Rezoning 61.5 acres of the city’s industrial landscape would not hinder industrial development or recruitment because a new industrial park area has opened in the last decade, Patrick said.

Siebenmorgen Adult Day Care Conditional Use Permit 

Ann Siebenmorgen, of Conway, is requesting to open an adult day care center at 1101 Museum Road, Suite 6, a 1,600-SF suite within the Commercial Park shopping center.  

There used to be an adult day care facility across the street at 1105 Museum Road, but it closed in January, Siebenmorgen said.

“My mother was there and I’m tying to get another one opened back up in our neighborhood,” she said.

Donna Wolf, an employee of the former daycare center, started working there after her mother started attending the daycare.

“I’ve been working for the daycare ever since, and it did get closed, but I’m here to help Ann get it back open because it is the best social thing for the elderly,” she said.

The facility could serve a maximum of 10 clients with the possibility for more in the future. The planning commission unanimously approved the conditional use permit with three conditions.

The first being the conditional use permit be limited to the applicant owner, two, hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and third the permit is not limited to a single suite to allow for possible future expansion. 

Check backs for more information about conditional use permit requests. 

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David
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David 04/22/14 - 11:37 am
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Electronic media?

Does the LCD send a reporter to city and county government meetings? Of course, an editor in dire need of a colonic could delay any good reporters work from being read. What's the story?

Joe Lamb
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Joe Lamb 04/22/14 - 06:34 pm
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You're a little too clever

You're a little too clever for me. Please rephrase the question.

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