BY BECKY HARRIS

LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER

The Conway Planning Commission will again consider an application from the Irby Family for a rezoning of property at the northeast corner of Salem Road and Meadowlake Road.

Following a public hearing in July, the request for rezoning from A-1, agricultural, to C-2, neighborhood commercial, was held in committee. The request was not considered in August as there was no quorum.

The owners, John and Linda Irby, also are asking, should the rezoning occur, for a conditional use permit for a convenience store with a fueling station.

Opposition at the July public hearing came from nearby residents and the owners of Meadowlake Christian Day Care Center.

In a statement to the commission, the Irbys wrote that because of recent construction, Salem Road has an overpass over the railroad tracks, making it a a major corridor for access to and from Highway 64 and the new interchange on I-40.

"Such new highway construction has changed the character of the subject lands from agricultural to commercial ... ." and the highest and best use of the property is commercial, the Irbys wrote.

They added that there is no other land in close proximity "so uniquely situated for the proposed conditional use" for food and fuel services.

The commissioners will also hear

• A request from the Robinson and Center Church of Christ, 1505 Robinson Ave., for a conditional use permit to allow religious activities on .43 acres on Faulkner Street, mid-block between Robinson Avenue and Scott Street. There are two single family residences currently at that location. The church plans to build a new auditorium and additional parking.

• A request from Johnny Camp of HCR Development for rezoning from R-1 (single family residential), to MF2 (multi-family 18 units per acre) some 2.7 acres on Favre Lane, about 150 feet west of Arden Lane.

• A request from Steve Shannon for rezoning from 0-2 (office) to C-2 (neighborhood commercial) and a conditional use permit for construction of a Kum & Go at 4600 Prince Street, the southwest corner of Prince and College.

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at becky.harris@thecabin.net and 505-1234.)