Log Cabin Staff Writer

The Conway Planning Commission will hear another proposal for property at the northwest corner of Prince Street and Country Club Road at a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday.

John Pennington, owner of the property, is asking for rezoning from A-1 (Agriculture) to a Planned Unit Development (PUD).

He will present site plans that have 24 single family patio homes anchored by an office building on the northwest corner.

A PUD zoning is required for such mixed-use parcels.

According to city planners, that designation will allow conditions to be placed on the development that could make the project compatible with surrounding residential uses.

The city’s Comprehensive Plan calls for residential zoning at three corners and a church at the southwest corner, but the city’s planners said a small office building at the northwest corner “could provide neighborhood services that presently are at least a half-mile away. This might allow the surrounding neighborhoods to have services within a walkable area.”

The property backs up to Applewood Subdivision.

Other planning staff comments distributed to Planning Commission members outlined the history of Pennington’s applications.

After buying the property in 2007, Pennington applied for rezoning from A-1 to R-1 (single family residential) to build 20 single-family homes with a driveway for each home. The Planning Commissioners and subsequently the City Council denied that request and suggested that homes share driveways to reduce the number of curb cuts on Country Club Road.

Pennington sued the City, calling the council’s denial of R-1 rezoning “arbitrary and capricious.” The case went as far as the state Supreme Court. Its ruling was in the city’s favor.

After more deliberation, it was suggested that Pennington apply for a PUD rezoning.

In other business, the public will be asked to comment on a proposal from Kevin Watson for rezoning 3390 Irby Drive, The Cove at Cadron, from R-2 to PUD for construction of 12 single-family patio homes on 2 acres. The property is surrounded by The Links at Cadron, a nine-hole golf course.

(Becky Harris can be reached by phone at 505-1234 or by e-mail at