Planning commission approves six items


The Pine Bluff Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a request by developers of the 67-lot single-family Crossroads Subdivision at the northeast corner of 38th Avenue and Ohio Street for them to submit a performance bond and also approved the final plat of the development so that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development will release funding for the project.

The bond amount was 110 percent of the installation cost on infrastructure improvements. The request was approved subject to a review of the bond and infrastructure costs.

In other business, the commission also endorsed use permitted on review (UPOR) requests to:

• Construct a 3,500-square-foot multipurpose building and establish an eight-classroom temporary building for Lighthouse Charter School at West Third Avenue and Beech Street, and approved a submitted master plan, subject to conditions.

• Establish a meeting/gathering hall at 2006 West Fifth Avenue as accessory use to the Sobriety Living Center across the street.

• Establish a transitional living facility at 514 South Maple Street, subject to conditions.

• Establish a laboratory child development education program at 2200 South Hazel Street.

The panel also approved a request to rezone an approximately 3.5-acre parcel on the south of Sunset Road from R-1 (single-family) to R-4 (multi-family) residential.

The commission denied a UPOR request to establish an inside mini self-storage facility and security apartment at 2610 West 36th Avenue. A request to rezone about one-half acre at the southeast corner of East 42nd Avenue and Texas Street from R-3 (multi) to R-4 residential was tabled because no one was present to address the application.

The commission voted to recommend to the council that honorary street sign toppers honoring Saint DeWitt Hill be placed on Catalpa Street from West Sixth to West 13th avenues. Commissioners also appointed a committee to develop an alternative means of honoring citizens rather than imposing street names.

On a zoning adjustment matter, the panel approved a variance request to erect a metal privacy fence in an “appropriate earth tone” instead of a wooden privacy fence at 4801 Dollarway Road.