In a brief meeting Monday night, the Conway Planning Commission approved the rezoning of property at the new airport from A-1 (agricultural) to I-3 intensive industrial and followed that with approval of a conditional use permit to allow an airport at that location.

There were no objections heard at that public hearing or at any of the other public hearings on the panel’s agenda.

The rezoning changes will be considered by the Conway City Council on May 24.

In answering a question from Kent Mathis, commission chairman, City Engineer Ronnie Hall said floodwater from the recent rains did not reach the airport proper. The water came to a 268-foot elevation, and the airport is at 275 feet. The elevation of a 100-year flood is 272 feet, Hall said.

In other business, a request from the Anthes Family Trust to rezone a single-family property at 2002 Dave Ward Drive from R-2 (high density duplex) to 0-3 (restricted office) was approved.

The residence is at the corner of Mitchell Street and Dave Ward Drive and while the home faces Dave Ward Drive, the entry driveway is off Mitchell Street.

The Anthes Family Trust was represented by Beau Wilcox.

The commissioners also approved a rezoning from R-2A (low density duplex) to S-1 (institutional) of several parcels acquired through the years by Conway Regional Medical Center.

The parcels are bounded by Donaghey, Augusta, Louvenia and Ada streets, and Alan Finley, the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer, said the hospital desired rezoning of those tracts to match their overall campus zoning of S-1.

One request had no representation at the public hearing, and the application was tabled.

David Carpenter of RJ Properties in Little Rock had applied for rezoning of property at the northeast corner of Dave Ward Drive and South German Lane for construction of a convenience store.

According to the request, Carpenter is seeking to tear down a large industrial building formerly part of the International Bus Co. and used as a boat factory. He would remove surrounding concrete that covers most of the lot.

The property is currently zoned I-3 (intensive industrial), and the applicant is seeking a rezoning to C-3 (highway commercial).

The next meeting of the commission is June 20.

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at or 505-1234.)