The Conway City Council approved conditional use permits for Faulkner County Day School and Salem Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at their meeting Tuesday night.

In the first case, the Faulkner County Day School requested for the permit to allow a restricted office with adjacent parking for its property at 222 Ash Street.

The area is under the Old Conway Design Overlay. Because of the location, any expansion to the property and the preservation of trees must be approved by the Historic District Commission.

Bryan Patrick, AICP Director, said there has been discussion about gravel parking at the site.

"We would like some proper design on that because gravel has a way of traveling, but that’s something we’ll get into further," he said.

Conway Mayor Tab Townsell said gravel is sometimes used as a temporary parking solution, but "as long as it has the edging and trapping that would prevent that migration I think it’s a good idea."

The council granted the conditional use permit with Planning Commission conditions 7-0. Alderman David Grimes abstained from the vote because his brother works at the school.

Council also voted unanimously to approve the conditional use permit for Salem Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to allow the expansion of the facility at 940 Carolyn Lane.

The aldermen changed some of the wording of the Conway Planning Commission’s conditions to ensure the southern 50 feet of the parcel remains a greenspace buffer so structures — including playground or picnic tables — would not be built.

A representative from the facility said they did not have any plans to put a structure at that part of the property.

"We don’t even go out in that area," said Salem Place Administrator Vickey Kirkemier. "We don’t have to go that far out. It’s a pretty good distance from the facility."

Also in the meeting, the council approved an ordinance accepting proceeds from Faulkner County for Geographic Information System work. The city will be accepting $3,500 each quarter in 2013 from the county, and the proceeds will provide funding for updates to the GIS.

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