The Conway Planning Commission voted to deny a request allowing a gas station on the corner of Prince Street and Farris Road Monday night.
The commission heard concerns from citizens about traffic, noise and light from the proposed 24-hour Kum & Go station at the southwest corner of the intersection before voting 9-1 to recommend denial of the rezoning. Commissioner Matt Brown voted in favor of the rezoning.
The land the gas station’s developers intended to build on is mostly zoned O-3 and O-1 (restricted and general office, respectively), with a narrow strip of R-1 single-family residentially zoned land at the south of the property. Developers requested that the property be rezoned C-2, which allows convenience stores but not fuel pumps, along with a conditional use permit to allow the fuel pumps.
Frank Shaw, and attorney representing the developers at the meeting, said on Tuesday that the commission’s decision will be appealed to the Conway City Council and a revised site plan will be submitted for reconsideration.
Kum & Go has also requested similar rezonings for Prince Street and Hogan Lane and for Tyler Street and Hogan Lane. The Prince and Hogan rezoning was approved by the commission and council and a station there should be completed in the spring. The Tyler and Hogan rezoning was recommended for denial by the commission after similar traffic, noise and light concerns were voiced.