New sub­di­vi­sion planned for Hay­den Road and West Pick­ens

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­NETTE BEARD [email protected]

Pub­lic com­ments on a re­quest to re­zone 10.4 acres sit­u­ated on the north­east cor­ner of Hay­den Road and West Pick­ens were heard dur­ing a pub­lic hear­ing Thurs­day, Jan. 3, at the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion meet­ing. Area res­i­dents asked ques­tions and ex­pressed con­cern about in­creased traf­fic at the in­ter­sec­tion of Hay­den Road and Pick­ens, both of which are state high­ways. Ul­ti­mately, the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion ap­proved the re­quest to re­zone the prop­erty from R1 (single fam­ily) to R2, single fam­ily, al­low­ing for smaller lots.

De­vel­oper Kevin Fel­gen­hauer plans to build a sub­di­vi­sion, Wood­bridge Sub­di­vi­sion, with 36 lots. Plan­ners also ap­proved a lot split of the prop­erty which pre­vi­ously in­cluded 10.8 acres.

Shawn Her­ring­ton, who said he lives on McNair Street, said he was con­cerned about the drainage as the storm run off comes through his back­yard from that prop­erty. He said floods his crawl space.

“The drainage on McNair is to be upsized and, hope­fully, im­proved. He’s do­ing a lot of off­site upgrades,” Tony Townsend, build­ing of­fi­cial, said of Fel­gen­hauer.

Chair­man Chris John­son ex­plained that city codes re­quire de­vel­op­ers to de­sign projects so as to not ad­versely af­fect neigh­bor­ing prop­er­ties.

Her­ring­ton and oth­ers also ex­pressed con­cerns about the in­creased traf­fic at the in­ter­sec­tion in front of the high school.

City Street Depart­ment su­per­in­ten­dent Nathan See told him the en­trance off Pick­ens Road (Arkansas High­way 72) is to be a right-turn, ingress only.

“Hay­den Road, Arkansas High­way 265, is a state high­way,” See said. “They (high­way depart­ment of­fi­cials) know about this.”

“Every­thing is com­pli­ant with ArDOT stan­dards,” John­son said.

David Cruse, a res­i­dent on Park Cir­cle, re­it­er­ated con­cern about the traf­fic and asked whether the city planned to con­struct a

turn lane or widen the road and was told that both roads are state high­ways and there are no plans to widen them.

“There’s noth­ing the city can do,” Dr. Karen Sherman, plan­ner, said, ad­ding that com­ple­tion of con­struc­tion of the new high school should al­le­vi­ate some of the traf­fic in that area.

Cruse asked whether the city planned to pave Hick­man Road, which is north of the pro­posed sub­di­vi­sion, and would pro­vide an ad­di­tional route out of that area.

“That’s a great idea,” Sherman said.

“That would be a great idea and we’ve talked about it,” See said, ex­plain­ing that would cost from $1 to $1.5 mil­lion. “A lot of peo­ple al­ready use that,” See said, re­fer­ring to the dirt road.

Clyde Arnold, who said he lives on Pick­ens Road, asked whether taxes would in­crease again and whether the city sewer plant could han­dle the in­creased load. He was told the new sewer plant will han­dle 1 mil­lion gal­lons of waste­water and that …

In other busi­ness, plan­ners:

• Elected Chris John­son as chair­man, Don­nie Ewald as vice chair­man and Al Fowler sec­re­tary of the com­mis­sion;

• Ap­proved a home oc­cu­pa­tion re­quest from Kerri Chris­tensen for 330 Wash­burn St.;

• Ap­proved a lot split for the Wal­ton Fam­ily Trust prop­erty on Hay­den Road;

• Ap­proved drainage changes for Elkhorn Ridge Phase III; and

• Tabled the pre­lim­i­nary plat for Wood­bridge sub­di­vi­sion as six lots are smaller than the min­i­mum re­quired.

Townsend told plan­ners that Phase IV of Elkhorn will be re­viewed at the tech re­view sched­uled for 1:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Jan. 10, as will a con­cept for a project on the McGar­rah tree farm on Hazel­ton Road.

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