Chairman Dawson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
Recorder Angela Patterson called roll. Commissioners in attendance for the meeting are James Oliver, Ken Tugwell, Sammy Reynolds, Delbert Dawson, David Binz, Jana Green-Fornash, Kayleigh Hartje, and Chad Patterson. We have a quorum.
Approval and/or Changes to Minutes: Chairman Dawson asked for a motion to accept the minutes from the February 14, 2017 public hearing and the March 14, 2017 regular meeting. Commissioner Patterson made the motion, and Commissioner Binz seconded the motion. Minutes will stand approved.
Reports: Fire and Code Chief Josh Woods reported on the Hwy 89 N Corridor Study, which led to a question concerning the Hwy 89 Overpass. Chief Woods stated that Route 3 would have the least impact, physically and financially, on all affected residents. Garver Engineers has been selected to conduct the study that focuses on defining a continuous arterial route, which will connect Mayflower to Cabot.
Unfinished Business: Commissioners, as well as Ashley Media, were provided a draft of an ordinance by Attorney Terry Ballard, prior to the meeting for review, which would repeal and replace Ordinance 116, referring to the erection of billboards within the City of Mayflower.
Todd Ashley submitted a letter to the Commission, outlining questions and concerns with the proposed ordinance.
Ashley Media had four main concerns:
- current Overlay District Ordinance confusing with regard to billboards
- setback requirements
- size restrictions
- spacing between billboards
The Commission plans to address the Ashley’s concerns before/when making a recommendation the City Council. Commissioner Binz made the motion to table the discussion until the April 24, 2017 workshop, and Commissioner Oliver seconded the motion. Motion passed with all ayes.
A. Fred Holst came before the Commission with a request to place two modular homes on 4 Pine Tree Loop, or Holst Loop, in an R-1 Single Family zone. Mr. Holst presented the Commissioners with letters from:
1. Hawks Mobile Homes, explaining modifications to these modular homes make them unlike normal manufactured homes, and the
2. Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association, pointing out that they “provided information to the city in the development of ordinances to assist in recovery and rebuilding efforts in Mayflower…”
Included the Commissioners’ packets were comments from Lee Elliott, City Consultant, denying his recommendation for approval based upon the facts that
- splitting the original lot of 8.26 acres into three smaller lots ranging in size from 1 acre to 6.26 acres violates zoning regulations, and
- there are no easements for access to the smaller lots.
Also, included the Commissioners’ packets was an email from Daniel Holland, planner with Metroplan, the 2015 Arkansas Code § 14-54-1604(c), and the opinion of the Office of the Attorney General. After a discussion about roads and utilities, Commissioner Oliver stated that a plat plan was needed, and the ordinance that addresses zoning for R-1 would need to be rewritten to change setback requirements. Commissioner Green-Fornash made the motion to approve the placement of two modular homes on the Holst property, and Commissioner Patterson seconding the motion. With all “Ayes,” the motion passed, with the agreement to submit a plat plan on CD to the Commission.
B1. Chairman Dawson recognized Andy Timmer, Plantation Subdivision resident, to speak before the Commission about the preservation of Ida Bell Cemetery from the development of Phase VI by Byron McKimmey and J.M. Crites (Central Farms).
Mr. Timmer stated that there is a cease and desist order issued by Faulkner County officials to stop bulldozing until further evaluations and surveys are completed.
B2. Additional effects of building on the hillside next to the cemetery are erosion and polluted runoff water draining to the Arkansas River.
B3. Mr. Timmer, Ronnie Barker, Darren Rose, and Donnie Ballew all requested intervention by the Commission of the proposed Phases VI & VII (Hillside Addition) of the Plantation in an attempt to avoid flooding issues. The developers plan to fill in a pond, which is the only water retention area for the current surrounding homes. The residents in attendance have requested:
- an environmental impact study of approximately 50 acres before any more construction work is done, for
- the City of Mayflower to intercede on their behalf to obtain a letter from the Arkansas Department of Water Quality, and for
- the City of Mayflower to retract permission to bulldoze in a letter to Central Farms. (Tentative approval was granted in 2012 to develop a road.)
Public Comments: Rusty Waters, Stone Hill Ranch, has made an agreement to sell 50 acres to Scott Fulton, to start a business in the industrial sales and contractors field, and has requested to be placed on the May agenda.
With no further comments, Chairman Dawson asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Oliver made the motion, and Commissioner Tugwell seconded the motion. Meeting will stand adjourned at 8:20 PM.