Alderman requests numerous studies before council will consider rezoning

Hudson Rezoning
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A rezoning that could have allowed for nearly 100 multi-family housing units to be built off Highway 351 was tabled Tuesday night at a Jonesboro City Council meeting.

The rezoning request for 3423 Hudson Drive won't go back before the council until numerous studies are conducted in the area.

The roughly 8.3-acre piece of land, which is zoned R-1 for single family residential use, could be rezoned to RM-12. If rezoned, 12 units per net acre could be built there.

Though it would allow for 99 units, the rezoning request states they would limit the number of units to 96.

As soon as the resolution was brought before the council, Alderman Darrel Dover requested the issue be tabled until they could learn more about the impacts that 96 units could have there.

"I would like to have a crime study done between the difference between R-1 and RM-12. I'd like a traffic study done that'd differentiate between the R-1 and the RM-12," Dover said.

He also requested a drainage study, a school impact study, and a study on the impact that RM-12 zoning would have on surrounding properties.

Though the school impact study was later dropped from the requirements, the rest of the studies must be conducted before the rezoning request comes back before the council.

People who live in the area say traffic and drainage are huge issues, and allowing that many new units to be built in the area would only make things worse.

"It's just that everything is moving our direction. Everything," one woman said. "Before anything else of a major size comes out there, we need answers to how we're going to get in and out."

She and other neighbors also requested someone look into the drainage issues they have in the area.

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