A possible new retail area will be proposed at the Conway Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the District Court Building.
About 12 acres along West Business Avenue on the Southeast corner of College and Prince Street are currently zoned quiet office (O-2), but a proposal being brought to the commission Monday would ask for a rezoning to planned unit development (PUD) in order to convert the area into a mixed use, new-urban style development with retail and office space on the north and residential on the south.
Keller Johnson is the owner of the property and is seeking the rezoning of the area, which had originally been planned for an office park. According to the "Conway 2025" plan, "the city has moved away from its previous ‘subdivision ordinance’ style of planning" and toward more mixed use types of developments.
According to a planning review, however, any PUD approval would have to come with an approval by FEMA before any building permits can be used. A large portion of the property is shown on FEMA flood insurance maps as being in the floodway and floodplain. "In order to develop the property as proposed, a flood hazard study, plan, and mitigation will need to be approved by FEMA," according to the planning department’s review.
About eight conditions have been suggested by the planning department to the commission for the PUD request, including the formation of a property owners association, development review on all commercial and office structures and the construction of sidewalks.
The commission will also consider:
— A rezoning request on 1311 and 1317 Bruce St. from R-2A to R-2
— An annexation into the city by property owned by Fred Langford in order to develop a large lot single family residential subdivision.
— A rezoning request at 1900 S. Amity Rd. from I-3 to R-1.
— A conditional use permit request on Lot 97B Mallard Crossing Subdivision to allow nursery plant storage under a power line easement.
— A rezoning request along Lollie and Sand Gaps Roads from A-1 to I-3.
— A conditional use permit request on the northeast corner of College Avenue and Mitchell Street to allow a residence to be used as an office.