JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Chinese restaurant will not be coming to the Hilltop area of Jonesboro.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission unanimously voted against the proposed rezoning for Hong Kong Restaurant after neighbors voiced their concerns Tuesday.
The restaurant owners wanted to build a 3-unit strip mall on Airport Road, right across the street from Fat City Grill.
Their rezoning proposal stated that they would occupy one unit of the strip mall and rent out the rest.
During the MAPC meeting Tuesday, one woman who lives in a nearby neighborhood said they already have drainage issues from development along the Highway 49 corridor and approval of the strip mall would only make things worse.
"The drainage system that's currently there will not support what is already in place," Angela Williams said. "The dirt work that's going to be required, the increased pavement that's going to be there, that's only going to further add a negative impact to an already critical situation."
Due to those drainage concerns, the MAPC denied the rezoning request.
Also at MAPC, members tabled discussions on a site plan for the development of the newest piece of land to be annexed into Jonesboro.
The Jonesboro City Council approved the annexation of 20 acres of land near Macedonia Road earlier this year. The land will be part of the Sage Meadows subdivision.
Plans submitted to the MAPC showed 64 new single-family homes would be built on the land. The applicant requested the review be pushed back so they could have a meeting with Sage Meadows this week to work out some issues on the site plan before bringing it to the commission.
The MAPC also approved a conditional use permit for 2-story apartments to be built on Madison Street near the former Hispanic Services Center.
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