Greensborough Village rezoning to appear before council two more times

Greensborough Village rezoning to appear before council two more times

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Greensborough Village was back in front of city leaders Tuesday night but they say a decision on the rezoning won't be made until mid-September.

While the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission has already given the project the green light, the issue must still be approved by city council before the land is rezoned from residential and commercial to Town Center District.

Tuesday night, site developers presented their plan for the area along Highway 49 to council and audience members.

"You can envision street-side cafes, ground floor retail, you can also see that there may be an opportunity for residential lofts," Chuck Downham with Little John Engineering and Associates said during his presentation.

Downham represents the applicant of the rezoning, Halsey Thrasher Harpole LLC.

Site developers anticipate development will take between seven and ten years but their plan is to transform the 200 acre plat of land on Hilltop, just north of the ASU campus, into a place for people to live, work and play.

Already, the Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission has approved the rezoning with certain stipulations.

"This is something new for Jonesboro and I think it's positive," Jonesboro Planning Director Otis Spriggs said at Tuesday night's council meeting.

At an MAPC meeting last week, residents voiced their concerns over the rezoning but Tuesday night, council members chimed in with their reservations as well.

"Could we rezone this 200 acres and then all of a sudden, they decide to build 80% of it into multi-family housing and only 20% into commercial?" Alderman Chris Moore questioned during the meeting.

City council members want to ensure that if they approve the rezoning, the site plan and stipulations will not change.

According to site plans, 90 acres of the 200 acre development will be used for housing and stipulations set by MAPC say only 30 to 50% of that land can be used for multi-family housing, like apartments.

"A very small percentage of the overall landmass will be devoted to multi-family use," Downham said.

Site developers state in their plans that residential development will come later. They reiterated that point Tuesday night, saying the plan to start with developing commercial property along Highway 49.

"That's going to be an opportunity for us to pull infrastructure, road access and a lot of other things into the property," Downham said.

In response to a question from Alderman Todd Burton, Spriggs did say that if the land is not rezoned, components of Greensborough Village could still move forward.

This issue must still go before the city council two more times. City leaders urge anyone who wants to voice their opinion to do so on September 16th. That is when the issue will be on the third reading and council members will approve or deny the rezoning.