For the second time, the Conway City Council will consider a zoning ordinance for a Kum & Go convenience store just outside the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.
The council will address this and other items when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the District Court Building. The agenda contains 20 items, more than usual because it canceled its earlier meeting in July.
The council seemed prepared to deny Kum & Go a commercial-3 zoning in April when the company decided to pull its request and return later with amended items and a request for commercial-2 with a conditional use permit for a fuel station. The Conway Planning Commission, which had recommended to deny its request in April, recommended approval last week by a 6-2 vote.
The convenience store would be located on the corner of Dave Ward and South Donaghey, and it would be open 24 hours a day, something company representatives will be beneficial to students, especially those who do not own vehicles.
A public hearing was held about the matter during the commission meeting, and an equal number of residents spoke for and against the proposal. Many believe the area along Dave Ward is meant to become commercial and the neighborhood has turned from a residential area in the past to something much different. Others who still live in the area said they are concerned about the increased traffic and the possibility that a 24-hour location could bring undesirables to the area.
The rezoning is one of 10 ordinances on the agenda from the Community Development Committee. The other requests include:
• a resolution requesting the Faulkner County Tax Collector place a certified lien against property located at 200 Fairway Drive & 401 Oliver Street for incurred expenses by the City of Conway.
• a resolution to certify the local government endorsement of Brash, LLC (dba Otto Dental Supply) to participate in the Arkansas Investment Tax Credit Program.
• a resolution entering into a joint agreement with the Conway Public Schools for use of Laurel Park tennis courts.
• a consideration to enter into an easement agreement & impact fee agreement with The Village at Hendrix.
• an ordinance accepting & appropriating funds for the planting of trees along Dave Ward Drive.
• an ordinance accepting grant proceeds and appropriating funds for Conway EcoFest 2012.
• a consideration of bids for the relocation of signs on various tracts for the Prince Street Improvement Project.
• an ordinance to rezone property located at 1605 East Oak Street from R-1 & C-3 to PUD.